Friday night, I hosted the largest in-person fundraiser that Not So New Job has held since 2019. I am also quite pleased to say that we netted almost $20,000 over what was raised that year. I can't take all the credit, of course, but that doesn't mean I can't be proud.
The event is held at a working ranch/farm owned by one of my Board members. It features a silent auction, chuck-wagon dinner, dancing to a live band, and several other fun activities, including a photo booth and a jail (the "Sheriff" arrested guests and their friends had to bail them out. Guests also had the option of purchasing "Get Out of Jail Free" cards at the beginning of the event, in order to avoid having to raise bail; both options were good money raisers for us). The evening ended on a sweet note, with marshmallows being toasted for smores at a campfire set up specifically for that purpose.
This year, we added corporate tables to the mix, which increased both our revenue and our attendance, so, when all was said and done; we hosted just shy of 200 people.
I'm not going to lie, it was a long-ass day. I hit the barn at 9:00 in the morning and didn't get home until 11:00 that night. My feet were absolutely killing me by then, plus, I pulled calf muscle and jacked up my hips while two-stepping with Hugh. It was worth it.
My staff and volunteers were amazing throughout the night and several of my Board members stepped up to help with the auction, serving food, and handling the parking. It was a total team effort and we could not have pulled it off without one another. Teamwork really does make the dream work!
The committee is already talking about next year. Meanwhile, I am nursing my hips and wondering if my custom orthotics will fit in the cowboy boots I purchased on eBay. They're cute, but man; are my feet sore!