by eleni (471 Posts), Wed Oct 28, 2009 11:04 am
I think everybody involved in the event is completely wiped out and trying to recover so apologies to all for not posting at least a bit of news right away. I had to go immediately to a business meeting in Indianapolis on Sunday/Monday and Jill is no doubt still huddled under pillows and blankets de-stressing!
However, I have to share a few comments Jill and others have received from those in attendance:
I just wanted to send you a note to tell you what an awesome job you did on Saturday night. Everything went perfectly. The rooms were decorated so beautifully, and the energy in the room Ã¢â‚¬â€œ both at the reception and at dinner Ã¢â‚¬â€œ was awesome. I LOVED what you did by bringing in Christopher to talk from the perspective of a baby that had been born prematurely because of preeclampsia. That was such a good idea Ã¢â‚¬â€œ there was not a dry eye in the room; and the standing ovation for him was incredible. I think Andrew did a fabulous job with the auction and the pledge drive Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and how wonderful that the goals were exceeded! Seriously, Jill, everything from beginning to end was just wonderful. You truly raised the bar on this event.
It was an amazing experience that I've not stopped thinking about since the event was over!Ã‚Â
Everything was amazingly presented. I can't even imagine how much work Jill put into it all. We were all an emotional mess afterwards and left quickly. Meeting everyone was great too. ... I am going to try to get very motivated this year and raise some money for next year's event now I see how important this message is.
We are still glowing from the memories of Saturday. We have been to a number of similar charity events (although truthfully we more often send a small donation and are so happy to stay home!), but this one was the finest we have ever attended. Every detail was meticulously planned, and the beauty of the overall effect was abolutely stunning--from the marvelous picture centerpieces, the wondrous rendition of Amazing Grace accompanying the fabulous slide show, the fun of listening to a great auctioneer aided by Sylvia's comments, to the poignant truths of the stories. We were honored to be in attendance at such a lovingly presented event. I was moved by every story and of course especially by [Christopher's] courage in reading his own story.
Thank you for a wonderful evening. The best! The Women's Board could take a few notes. Everything [was] high energy.
I'm sure there are other comments I've not seen yet, nor have we yet deployed our post-event survey, but I think it's safe to say that Jill and her team hit this one OUT OF THE PARK! The Preeclampsia Foundation is extremely grateful to her and the solid team she assembled and to the 300+ supporters who were able to join us for a beautiful evening.