So today I took a moment to breathe, and the thought popped into my mind: What am I thankful for? Well, what I am always most thankful for are the friends and family in my life. I have been blessed with people who truly care about me, and they show me everyday. I have so many people who have been willing to help a cause that is near and dear to my heart; raising awareness of CMT, and funds for the CMTA's STAR Research Program. And as I prepare for Starry Night, I can truly see just how much my friends and family care...through their generosity, and their actions. I have been collecting items for months, and still have others coming that I couldn't photograph in time for this post. Not only that, but other friends and family members have donated their time and efforts to install the CPO gallery and make it a success...and still others will be donating food and refreshments for the Starry Night event, not to mention their time in helping it run smoothly!
|Baby Bundles (Blanket and Bib) by Carol Hook|
|Batik Quilt by Kelli Clemens|
|100% Cotton Baby Sweaters/Hats by Christine Fontaine|
Now keep in mind as you are looking at these photos...this is only a small highlight of what will be featured at the Starry Night event. I am not the only person who has been collecting donations! There are many other items for sale, not to mention all of the wonderful artwork by local artists. There will be a silent auction and also a raffle, for the chance to win four Disney "hopper" tickets for a day (which means you can "hop" from park to park and are not just limited to one.) And all money raised at Starry Night will benefit the CMTA, and will help to find a medical treatment/cure for CMT. What could be better than that?
|Scarf and Earrings by Susan Rivers|
|Jewelry by Al Davis|
|Jewelry by Kate Tumbleson|
|Gift Certificates for Massage, Acupuncture|
and Facial Acupuncture:
Christine Zido, LMT
Lorinda Hilmar-Kimball, LMT
Cassandra Dugan, LAc
Debra Singer, LAc
For Disney tickets:
|Fuzzy Scarves by Nancy Clarkson|
Finally, let me say thank you to Dave and Elizabeth Misener, for opening your office to us, and allowing us in...as stressful as it can be at times, together we are truly making a difference! Thank you, M&T bank, for sponsoring us and supporting our cause. And last but certainly not least, let me thank all of the volunteers who will be helping to make our Starry Night event a huge success: Jackie Watsky from Art de Cure, Joanne Van Genderen, Donna and Rich Piche, Nicole Alonzo, Jessica Cameron, and Miranda Rand. Without all of you, we wouldn't be able to pull this off! And if you are still planning on donating an item, don't worry...I'm still collecting. Even if I couldn't post a photo of your item, your generosity and support is much appreciated! This year has certainly involved a lot of changes for me, and they were not always welcome ones. ..though the harder changes have often lead me down better paths I never expected to travel. And in the end I have managed to learn something very important...I truly have a lot to be thankful for! Have a wonderful holiday, everyone!