Our presentation check from Wal-Mart. Yeah, I know they didn’t have the name quite right. Can’t ask for everything I suppose.
This morning I finally got to do something that felt Presidential. And that’s a good thing because as I continue the coming year as President of CTYL I find it hard to feel that way most of the time. We don’t have a lot of money coming in, and we struggle to put together events sometimes. But today was rewarding.
The CTYL Secretary (Adrienne) and I drove up to the Lynnwood, WA Wal-Mart store to meet the store manager. She presented a check to us for CTYL on behalf of Wal-Mart stores and we gave a little speech about ourselves to the store employees who were getting ready to start work. It was a nice way to start off the day and definitely made my current feelings about operating a charity lift a bit. I actually got to talk about CTYL in front of a group of people for the first time really. That was also pretty cool.
Yeah, $500 isn’t a ton of money, but it’s money we didn’t have before, and it’s from an established well known company. Thank you Wal-Mart!
CTYL Holiday Formal Fundraiser December 1, 2007
REDMOND, WA — CTYL will host its First Annual CTYL Holiday Formal Fundraiser on December 1, 2007. Proceeds from the Formal will go towards CTYL’s 2007 Holiday Shopping program, providing holiday gifts for local children and families in need. Tickets go on sale November 1, 2007, and will be exclusively available via the website. Discounts for CTYL members.
Third Annual CTYL Holiday Shopping To Help Over 50 In Need With Gifts Worth Over $5,000!
I want make sure that everyone I know was invited to our first Annual Holiday Formal Charity Fundraiser. You may know that I am President of a local charitable organization that I founded in 2004 along with several others. Our goal is to provide underprivileged kids in the area with the things they need. We cater specifically to kids 17 and younger who are homeless, poor, or have severe health problems. In the last two years we’ve raised increasingly more funds through annual camping trips, yard sales, holiday parties, picnics, and other events. Because of these events we’ve been able to provide over $5000 worth of Holiday gifts for homeless teens in the area. This year we’ve made it our goal to provide at least $5000 in gifts for over 50 homeless teens and underprivileged families with children. Along with the previous events we’ve had through 2007, the Holiday Formal will be a major contributor to this years giving goals. We’ve sent out mailed invitations to those we had home addresses for but many of our contacts did not contain mailing addresses prompting me to send this email. Please go to the website and sign up for the Holiday Formal Fundraiser. We are holding this event in Bellevue on Saturday December 1st, 2007. There will be appetizers, beer, wine and a silent auction which will feature a Nintendo Wii among other items. If you can attend I personally would love to see you there.
This years beneficiaries are Cocoon House and PSKS (Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets).
This year Devon and I decided to host Thanksgiving at our house. It’s the first time I’ve ever hosted Thanksgiving dinner for anyone, normally we all go to my mom’s. So after tons of dish shopping, decorating, etc we were almost ready. Devon’s sister found a 26lb turkey for me which turned out to be bigger than I realized. I made my family’s super cheesecake Wednesday night and fired up the turkey Thursday morning. I figured it would take about 5 and a half hours to cook. My dad drove over from Eastern Washington Wednesday so he was already here. Devon’s sister made a couple pies, a salad and some other goodies, my mom brought over two types of stuffing and my brother handled the bread rolls.
The turkey finished up faster than expected (about 3.5 hours) and we had to wait for a few of the other items to finish. The Turkey turned out to be quite good, not overcooked at all and very moist. We had too much food even for 11 people. After dinner my Brother and nephew played Super Mario Galaxy for a while, then people moseyed on home and we cleaned up the remaining food. All in all a very good first Thanksgiving for us. Looking forward to making a tradition out of it.