Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Pool Party!

To much fanfare (and preparation), the Sam's House fundraiser, Cleveland edition, went off last Friday with great weather, lots of food, and plenty of friendly (and generous) people.

We started the day at the Avondale golf club where six teams competed in a best ball golf scramble. Hacking through the searing heat (92 degrees), two teams ended up tied after 18 holes. Because no playoff rules had been arranged, the two teams amicably decided to play 18 again, having ample opportunity to do so because the next foursome (the Lundins and Carole Butler) had fallen a few minutes off the back due to "excessive strategizing."

The two teams tied on 18 again thus forcing an improvised "putt off." The team of Harding, Atkinson, Kraft, and O'Reilly won when Harding lipped a 15-footer, good enough for the win.

The golfers then joined family and friends at the BayWay Cabin for a picnic. The attendees were treated to hamburgers and hot dogs and plenty of opportunities to come away with raffle prizes, expertly collected and arranged by Jennifer Atkinson.

After the picnic, we walked across the parking lot to the Bay Village pool for a couple hours of swimming.

While everyone frolicked in the pool, the donations were counted and we totaled $15,600 for the day! Incredible. We could call it two and a half years of food, five years of tuition, or seven months of operating costs. But any way you look at it, we raised enough money to insure that all the Sam's House children, and those to join us in the future, will be safe, secure and have the best opportunity to succeed.

As with all our fundraising to date, there are so many people to thank, so many people who donated countless hours and efforts to help bring this event together.

Special dhanyabaads (thank you):

Event organizers:

Jennifer Atkinson
Carole Butler
John Butler
Jennifer Forshey
Katie Forshey
Susan and Karl Lowe
Jim and Cathy McPhillips
Sean and Laura O'Reilly


Maureen and Tad Androsik
Applebee's of Westlake
Arthur's Shoe Tree
Colleen Atkinson
Margaret Atkinson
Bay Barber Shop
Bay West Salon
Blockbuster of Avon
Coldstone Creamery of Avon
Five Guys Famous Burgers & Fries
Geauga Lake & Wildwater Kingdom
Beth Gergye (Pampered Chef consultant)
It's the Details (Cathy Durbin, wedding consultant)
Java Bay
Mike Kraft (MC extraordinaire)
Diane Purcell
Royal Appliance
Sheila Bee headbands
Trader Joe's of Westlake
Ginger Vedda

The next time you patronize any of the establishments above, please let them know you appreciate their support of Sam's House.

And there so many others to thank... everyone who came out for golf (esp. Dan Laschinger who sank a 60-foot birdie putt in my foursome!) and those who donated salads, desserts and games for the picnic. From the very start, Sam's House has been an incredible team effort and this year's fundraiser was no exception. In fact, Jen and I are feeling a little guilty at having done so little compared to everyone else. As Laura O'Reilly joked afterwards, we would rather work with you than the finest people in the world.

Here are a few more pics. I apologize for the lack. I should've asked someone to do this.

Linda Ho and Chris Lowe bundle silverware while superwoman Laura O'Reilly seems to do everything.

Jennifer Atkinson decorates the dining tables in Sam's House blue and yellow.

Dan Laschinger and daughter Reese.

Susan Lowe and Pammy Rotella set up the buffet table.

Cornhole games on the front lawn.

All-Arounder Sean O'Reilly dishing out baked beans.

Gwen Wojtkun. All the girls were given tikas.

Will and Jennifer Atkinson at the ticket table.

Tom Lundin with his nieces Grace Lihani and Taylor Lundin.

On behalf of all the children at Sam's House, Sarita says...

Just a few scenes of what you've made possible...

This could be you. Volunteers always welcome.

Thank you.


Sheila said...

So glad to hear it was a huge success. Wish I could have been there!

Laura said...

We can hardly wait until next years event! This was so manageable we will be pros with double the crowd!
What fun we had being there!
Laura and Sean

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