Evening of Experiences

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The 26th Annual Life Experiences Auction & Golf Tournament

Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club members

Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club members

Sunday evening was an event that I look forward to every year.  It was the 26th Annual Harrry H. Montogomery Auction & Golf Tournament for Life Experiences.  The event was held at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary with the “Evening of Experiences” as the theme.  The golf tournament was held today, Monday, August 19th, despite the rainy day weather.  I have attended this event for several years now as my Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club is a major sponsor. 

 

Blake, Becca, Tia & Ethan

Blake, Becca, Tia & Ethan

There are seven other Rotary Clubs that also support this event.  My good friend and fellow Cary-Kildaire Rotary club member, Mary Madenspacher, is the Executive Director for Life Experiences, so it is always fun to be there to support her & her team on this big night!  Blake went with me this year and we met up with friends, LeaAnn Schrick, Tia & Ethan Coppus, and Susan & Steve Pruskin. 

 

Red, White & Blue (backwards)

Red, White & Blue (backwards)

Check out the RED, WHITE and BLUE picture of Susan, Blake & me together!!! We also saw lots of other friends and I was happy to see that our Cary-Kildaire Rotary club had several members also at the auction.  We had a great time enjoying dinner and also placing several bids on the amazing silent auction items that were spread all over the ballroom.  I tend to be a little aggressive (okay, crazy) when it comes to bidding at silent auctions and well, we were the ‘winner’ of many great items last night!  I was able to get a week of track-out-camp for Trent, along with some neat hair products and tons of great food & restaurant gift cards! YEA!!!!!   We even participated in the LIVE Auction bidding; there were 21 live auction items! Everything from vacation to football tickets!

 

Mary with Life Experiences & clients

Mary with Life Experiences & clients

The program booklet was a really cool fold-out booklet, that was designed & put together by Alphagraphics (Ed LeClair is also a member of Cary-Kildaire Rotary).  Blake and I had a great time sitting at a table with the Bank of NC friends (thanks Tia & LeaAnn).  Life Experiences is a non-profit organization that offers a variety of satisfying work experiences for adults with various disabilities.  If you have read my blog before, then you know I am a huge supporter/cheerleader for Life Experiences and the work that they do.

 

Our donation baskets

Our donation baskets

Life Experiences operates 5 small businesses that include a bakery with the BEST BROWNIES EVER!  I am always happy to support and be involved with Life Experiences.  Our CPA firm, Smith & Smith, CPA donated a ‘Back-to-School’ gift basket that was full of many of the essentials that kids need when starting back to school.  Blake & I also donated a “Dog-Lovers” basket that included all kinds of cool treats, toys and accessories for any special dog.  Thanks to everyone who came out to support such a fun evening! 

 

Great crowd for the "Evening of Experiences"

Great crowd for the “Evening of Experiences”

I also want to thank Lois Cozart of My Girlfriend’s Closet for donating a really cool “Shopping Experience” for the silent auction that included a “Styling Party” and wine!  Awesome!  Lois helped me pick out the white BCBG Maxazria strapless layered taffeta cocktail dress that I wore last night from her store and had many compliments!  The jewelry I was wearing was also from her store (located in downtown Apex & downtown Cary).  Stop by her stores and tell her you read about her amazing fashions in Beccasblog.

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