Last night Mike and I helped out at a fund raising event for Abby's school. The local Lion's Club had offered to host a wingding for us to raise funds to spend on technology for the school. For kicks we thought to add a silent auction and penny sale. We didn't have much time to gather donations, but we still manage to get enough stuff together to have a pretty impressive auction. Bidding was fierce at the close of the auction, but I'm happy to say we won the Dilly Bars donated by Dairy Queen and an item to be tucked away as a gift.
At some point yesterday afternoon my partner silent auction crime thought we should also be holding a 50/50 draw. So we did. And we went around selling tickets. And we sold a lot of tickets. Later I'm standing on the stage with a big bowl of tickets in my hands. I swirl the bowl around. I dip my hand in and stir them up some more. I give it one last shake before my partner puts her hand in to pull the winning ticket. She reads the number out loud. Mike's checking our tickets from where he sits manning the penny sale. He looks up and catches my eye. "We've got it," he mouthes to me. And we did. Then we spent the rest of the night feeling guilty we had won and whispering back and forth to each other;
"Do you think people are mad?"
"You didn't pull the winning ticket, did you?"
"Do you think it looks really bad?"
"I feel guilty, why do I feel so guilty?"
Apparently, that's how we celebrate good luck around here because we're cool like that. Today we talked and decided to funnel some more money back into the school by purchasing some craft supplies for Abby's classroom.
It was a fantastic night. One I am so proud to have been a part of organizing. The final exact number isn't in yet, but we've ballparked it to around $3000. And that just feels incredible!