Capture My Heart Benefit Auction, Novemer 9, 2013:
Original total number of seats to sell: 128
Number of seats sold: 137
Number of guests in attendance: (approx) 145
Number of Auction items donated to silent auction: (approx) 110
Estimated retail value of donated items: (approx) $12,500
Before the actual event, preparation looked at bit like this:
The beginnings of my centerpiece creations! (sorry about the tablecloth, but it was halloween!)
The middle of my centerpiece creations… (Kris was a little worried that the living room would turn into a sandbox…but I was very good…only broke one glass bowl before auction day! 🙂
Then, Day-Of set up… a mad dash in the two hour time frame we had to set up –
everyone showed up to help and it was AMAZING – it was like a well-oiled machine –
It was just done – and it was gorgeous! It is all so surreal now – I wish I could go back and walk through it all again from start to finish!
At 6:30, our bar opened, and my good friends began playing music, Adam Smouse & Tim Downing – who were AMAZING – and our great friend Matt (AKA DJ MATROK) absolutely rocked it! That trio of musicians/DJ was the perfect setup and If anyone is looking for entertainment for an event – let me know and I’ll pass on their info! You won’t be disappointed! 🙂 (shameless plug!)
From that point on – the evening was a blur – but guests started arriving just before 6:30, and they just kept coming until we were pretty much wall-to-wall people with grins and glasses of wine/beer and bid numbers, friends and hearts overjoyed to be a part of this event and stand alongside us! Here are some of the photos from the evening – so sorry, everyone I know it’s not your “best sides” but its all the photos I have! Please send me photos to my email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you’ve got photos from the event! I would love to have a copy and post them here to capture this moment!
And for the results:
Biggest blessing of all – the outpouring of love and support that we were able to experience from family, friends, and also complete strangers – the selflessness and generosity and sacrifice was SUCH an amazing blessing!!
Thank you to everyone who came, everyone who wanted to come, everyone who smothered that evening in prayer, (and good thoughts!), and everyone who put in their time and effort behind the scenes to make this event a masterpiece! If I wasn’t so darn tired right now I’d do it all again just to be able to relive the moments standing next to all of you!
I know you’re all just waiting for numbers… 🙂 so here it is:
We rocked the silent auction with sales of over $9,000 in final auction bids!
Ticket sales ended up just short of $3,000
Cost for our event was also just short of $3,000 (Ticket pricing was designed to cover our costs!)
With the silent auction item sales, and the generous giving of a multitude of people who decided to be a part of something bigger – to stand with us and make a difference with us in the life of ONE –
our total amount going towards our adoption costs from this event (after the event costs) – is…
just over $15,000!!!
Do you all realize that you helped to cover almost HALF of our entire adoption costs in one night??!!!! We are absolutely humbled, amazed, and overjoyed. We have shed many a tear in utter awe of the God who provides – the God who loves His people, who loves “Little Man” so much that He brought all of you together for an evening dedicated to him!
Thank you so much for your offerings, regardless of whether it was time, or money, prayer, or any other way that you have been a part of things –
WE COULD NOT HAVE DONE THIS EVENT WITHOUT YOU – and our Little Man will be home in a short while – because you were willing to step up and stand with us – regardless of whether or not you know us or even like us very much 🙂
Our endless gratitude pours out to all of you – thank you from the bottom of our hearts – and we absolutely cannot WAIT for you all to meet this precious little man that you have already invested so much of your heart and soul into!
We made a video for our event – this is what we showed during the program portion – if you were unable to see it or unable to come – we would love it if you would take a moment to view it!
Kris, Laura, Braeden, Logan, Abby & Little Man (in Haiti)
If you were unable to come to the event and are interested in joining us financially in our journey, we have about $10,000 left to go until we are full covered for all of our upcoming adoption costs! Please consider joining us – you can find more information on the “how you can help” pages, and look for the online donation site through our agency, America World Adoption Agency.
Or simply click this link: (IMPORTANT: you will be directed to a page on our Agency’s website. Please choose the drop down menu for “Eternal Family Fund” and in the notes section please put “Kris & Laura McGreevey” so that your donation is designated to our family’s fund)