It's late. I'm tired, and I have had the most wonderful evening.
We did it. In 6 days, we really did it. I want to tell you every single story tonight, but I simply must sleep. I met and hugged so many of you, and I came away thinking that if we'd made only $1, it would have been a successful evening.
We ate spaghetti:
And there was an announcement, early in the evening, by City Councilman Tom Bruno,
That Mayor himself did show up, later in the evening.
As did local sugar artist Buffy Vance. She waltzed in with this cake, handed it over, gave me a hug, and disappeared, like a Fairy Cake Godmother. I'm going to write more about her later, but hey, I ran around the bar and made every single person look at this cake. I'm not kidding, I interrupted conversations of people who were not even at the party (why weren't they at the party?!" and I said "Look at this! It's a CAKE!"
We didn't make only $1.
We made, tonight, and over the last 6 days, a little over $3000.00
We have enough.
We have enough to send what we have.
We have enough to buy soccer balls.
We have enough to fill care packages.
I will never forget this evening.
We have big things ahead of us.
And one soldier, in one week, will return to Iraq.
And your message, friends, will be delivered to Ours.
With all of my heart,