Because we were also raising money for our friend Beth Caldwell of The Cult of Perfect Motherhood and MetUp.org (mom of two, wife of one, writer of extraordinary things) who has metastatic breast cancer, countless local businesses donated prizes to the raffle and Morton’s donated all the food during the event so people could give more to the fundraiser instead of spend it on nosh.
(Yes, everyone’s generosity made me cry a little.)
I mean just LOOK at the goodies we ended up giving away that night:
Plus wines and home décor and other things people were handing me up to the last minute to make sure all of the raffle bags were stuffed!
At the end of the night, I was exhausted but smiling because not only did we all have a great time (and end up with some great goodies of our own, between the shopping and the raffle), but we raised hundreds of dollars for our friend, Beth, in the process. Which made it feel even better.
If you’d like to learn more about her wonderful organization, or make your own donation, you can do so at MetUp.org at any time.
THANK YOU to everyone who came and laughed and shopped and gave and insisted I stay hydrated and shared stories and helped promote the event.
THANK YOU to Jen Mann for letting us be a part of her big day! Oh–and if you want to meet Jen, you can find all of the future dates of her ongoing book tour here.