Friday, June 28, 2013

Links for Lucy!

Whew!  What a wonderfully successful event our (possibly first annual?) Links for Lucy golf outing and dinner was!  We actually got there on time, and so Lucy was able to greet people in the clubhouse before they headed out.

Sawyer wasn't golfing, but she said hi to him anyway.

Everyone arrived early to check in and get their drinks (this is Wisconsin, after all.)

Cheers, Daddy!

Once everyone checked in, they were ready to head out!

Good luck Daddy!

The weather held, and I really think the overcast skies and breeze on the course helped keep our golfers from melting completely.  They golfed a full 18 holes on the beautiful course at The Golf Club at Camelot.  Just as the golfers were starting, some of Lucy's friends arrived, so we got to chat for a bit!

Jerika, Mateo, and Lucy just chillin'.

Then we had to head inside to set up the silent auction and other prizes to be had :)

Lucy, holding down the fort.

Lots of goodies!

A very cool cigar box guitar, handmade by the talented Jamie Bark.

By the time we finally managed to fit everything on the tables, our first golfers were starting to trickle in, and we had a few more of Lucy's friends who had joined us - they came from near, and as far away as 4 1/2 hours!

Partying outside - not everyone is a polar bear like Lucy, and the building was heavily air conditioned :)

The lovely Leah :)

After getting a sugar packet rush, wheelchair races started!

The last golfers arrived, and the charming and talented Tyler started talking up the prizes - I don't think a single person escaped his spiel!  

Bidding on something himself, because he's just that great a guy.

Then Lucy's grandpa Greg led with a wonderful prayer, and we all got to chow down - those golfers looked pretty hungry at that point, so we thought it best not to deprive them :)  

After dinner, Noah got on the mic to thank everyone for everything that was done to put this event together.  It all seemed to come together so seamlessly to us, but that was because of the generosity and hard work of so many!  He got to give away the prizes and silent auction items as well, and kept everyone laughing the whole time :)

The night ended at the perfect time for Lucy - even without golfing 18, it was a long day for her, and she was ready for the comfort of home.

Lucy's "done" face - at least Gabbie is smiling!

Ahh... bipap.

At the end of the day, my cheeks hurt from all the smiling I had done.  The feeling of the whole event was one of family, camaraderie, and warmth - every person there wanted to help Lucy, and that was an incredible feeling.  We even had a woman come into our building after she was done golfing, who had seen the signs for the event and wanted to donate to Lucy!  The whole thing was just incredible.  And when everything was said and done, with all the golfers and dinners, silent auction and prizes, and other donations - and an anticipated donation from the West Fond du Lac chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans of $750, after we submit them our total - we came in at a little over $8,000!  More than I ever imagined we would receive.  And it also came with suggestions of doing the event again next year, which we are game for!  There are many things that a child with SMA needs, especially as they get older, and you realize that for your child, SMA is not a sprint, it's a marathon.  We are so extremely grateful for the way our community has opened their hearts to Lucy.

Thank you to the huge group of people and businesses who made this happen!  To Lucy's Grandma Lauri for organizing, Grandpa Greg and Grandpa Jim for helping to get donations and baskets, and to our hole sponsors:

Caroline Lamont of Stage Me to Sell
Andy Bauer's Dumpster Service
Khale's Krusade/Dr. Peter and Pamela Timmermans
Paul and Laurie Krasin
Jeff and Cheryl Kuntz

A big thank you to all the people and business who donated prizes and silent auction items:

Gilles - I realize it's spelled differently on the website, but if you'll look at the picture on the left, that is the location in our town; spelled "Gilles" :)
the Packers
Jacobson Farmers Supply
Jamie Bark
Lucy Zahn
Greg and Lauri Betz
Jim and Jeanne Zahn
Gene and Irene Miller
Matthew and Colleen Zahn
Don and Carol Huck
Juddy and Brooke Herwig
Beth Cornwell
Trisha Branson
Bette Vollert
Merry Damrow
Joan Buerger
Kate Vogedes
Ken Reimer

If anyone was left off the list, I'm sorry - our recordkeeping will be improved next year, I promise :)  Know that we are grateful for your contribution as well!

Everyone was amazed at the bounty on the tables :)  Thank you to Tyler for running that business - he did an extraordinary job, and we hope to retain his services next year!  And heartfelt thanks to all of the attendees and donors.  It was amazing to see the people there, people who set aside that day to help Lucy.  The generosity and love was incredible to feel, and we won't forget it.

Now, onto the next fundraiser, and making more strides toward our home addition!


Anonymous said...

Looks like the event went great Barb!