Monday, August 13, 2007

We did it.

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.

Thank you.

With all of my heart,

...thank you.


  1. Sleep well sweetheart.

    You deserve it.


  2. Miz Liz5:50 AM

    Congratulations Lori! It sounds like a magical evening. Your work is so heart-felt and real. And the results, so deserved! And the cake is awesome!

  3. wow congratulations..sleep now

  4. Goose Bumps ...

    get some rest, enjoy the time left with Brian ...

    God Bless you Lori!

  5. So great! It was fun, and you did an absolutely bang-up job, from the raffle prizes to the info cards to the photos, to the food—just amazing. Now get some rest and enjoy this week.

  6. StFarmer7:45 AM

    I knew you'd git-r-dun. I wonder if that cake tasted like salad.

  7. Angela Reinhart7:51 AM

    We are so happy that we were able to be a part of it. Thank you for all of the hard work and for sharing your mission and your son with us. My son Noah will be glad when all of the babies are delivered....not grandbabies though! (Well, at least not yet!)

    Mission accomplished!

    Love - Angela

  8. Congratulations, SUPER job.

  9. Stfarmer8:21 AM

    Oops... I wonder if the cake tasted like spaghetti.

  10. made me cry again. Enjoy your time with Brian. God bless!

  11. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to give, Lori.

  12. That is soooo great!! I knew lots of people would come out to help...

  13. Congrats honey. I knew you could do it. You freakin rule.
    Big loves!

  14. lbotp9:59 AM

    Wow! Enjoy the glow.

  15. Great event! Wish I'd been able to stay long enough to see the "spaghetti cake."

  16. awesome. congratulations on the success!

  17. w00 h00!

    Glad to hear the good news.

    Way to go! Glock is recovered now. ;-)

  18. Congratulations. You did it. I'm so happy for you. We joked about making Delta stop in Champaign on the way home from Sedona so we could be there! I wish we could have! We were totally with you in spirit. Enjoy the next week.

  19. Congratulations!!!!!!!

  20. Sounds like a wonderful night! I can't wait to hear all about it.

    You Rock!

  21. You're moving soo fast I can hardly keep up!! CONGRATS!!


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