Monday, April 21, 2008

Teri Pittman Benefit: It's a Wrap

The benefit for my sister was yesterday. There is so much to tell, that I'm going to have to tell it over a couple of different posts. Because I have to tell it right.

If I were freewriting about the day, I'd throw in words like friends, family, laughter, bands, support, Illini football, bands, dedication, hugs, bittersweet, generosity, Dinosores, dancing, food, giving, auctions, poems, songs, balloons, prayers, tickets, raffles, limousines, kindness, love. Oh, the love.

The photo above is Teri and family arriving in Surprise #1 of the day: A limo in Teri's driveway.

While I process photos, get my facts straight, and buck up to tell you the rest of the story, I'll leave you with this:

The Benefit was an overwhelming success: "The Forces Behind" were hoping to raise a mere 1/5 of what rolled in on Sunday afternoon.

There's something to said about having roots in a community. Our friends, family, coworkers, contacts, friends of friends, and everyone else that we can count on saying "hello" to when we step outside of our house...

...they delivered, on Sunday afternoon. 600 0r more stopped in on Sunday. No matter a buck or a hug, every single soul made an impression on our hearts.

I'll post photos and more commentary over the next few days.

In the meantime, big big hugs, comin' at ya.


  1. That's great! I was thinking of you from my section of the country - several hours away and therefore unable to attend. I'm so happy that it was a success on so many levels.


  2. StFarmer7:56 AM

    Good people!

  3. OK, I have to ask - are Dinosores dinosaurs? or are the ginormous sores?

    My inquiring mind wants to know

  4. Barry: Dinosores = Harley Riders

    How do I put this delicately...let's just say they're from a certain era ...and their bikes take more of a toll on their bodies than they do on the young whippersnapper bikers.

  5. OK, I feel really silly for asking now - and I forgot to send best wishes and prayers for your sister -

    So here they are now

  6. I think it's local club; don't see anything on the net about it being a national thing (like Hell's Angels)...could be wrong tho

  7. Fabulous! That's just FABULOUS!

  8. Just now hearing about this, but my thoughts, prayers and best wishes are coming her way!

    Congrats on the overwhelming success!

  9. If you do another, holler at me and I'll throw in somethin' pretty!

  10. WHOO-HOO! Cannot Wait to hear more!

    On an unrelated note, I got my tag up, finally!

  11. Most excellent. If your family is anything like you (and I'd guess it is so) I am not at all surprised at the outpouring of support!

  12. Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I'm so glad it was a success!
    Tons of love!

  13. You always manage to restore my faith in humanity


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