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.