If success is defined as achieving something desired or planned, then my-oh-my were we successful Saturday night!
I spent much of Sunday going through the pictures and the memories, talking on the telephone, reminiscing and laughing. It was that kind of night, the kind of night where you spend most of the day after talking about the night before.
Are you wondering how much we raised? I'll get to that answer, just not quite yet.
The reason why the evening was such a success is the people. Friends and family, co-workers, ex co-workers, children, cowboys, musicians, Republicans, Democrats, mothers, fathers, sisters, daughters, sons, brothers, girlfriends, cousins. Some people drove in from out of town, others flew. We had such a wonderful group of people, such a wonderful and generous group of people.
I got outbid on everything I wanted, which was okay because, have you heard? I have no job. At one point though, I was holding the bag, er, winning bid, for something I didn't even want but was not so cleverly trying to raise the bid amount, and in that very long moment I tasted fear and inner panic. And I can confidently say that bluffing at a live auction is not for the faint of heart. But I do admit it was fun to raise my hand.
You are probably wanting me to tell you how much money we raised. Pick a number between one and twenty.
There's something I believe in and yet I'm always amazed when I witness it. I believe that one person can make a difference in this world, and I believe that a small group of people can join efforts to make a bigger difference. I believe that a room full of people coming together for a worthy cause can make an even bigger difference. There is power in numbers, but those numbers are made up of individuals.
Speaking of numbers, what number did you pick? If you picked 15, then you are correct. On Saturday night, we raised $15,000.00 for a family in need. Oh yes we did.
And that, my friends, is what we did together.
Tomorrow, I'm going to highlight the MVPs. There were many.