Location: Salt Lake Marriott City Center
Auctioneer: Richard O’ Keefe
Professional photos: Courtney Nicole at Smug Mug
Snapshots: Audrey – DJ at Laughing Gravy Entertainment
Printing: LithoFlexo Graphics
April, rx 24 2010
Over the years I have done a lot of fundraisers for a lot of different organizations….some very successful, view some not as successful. For the majority of the last 11 years, patient I have been privileged to be associated with a fundraiser that is ALWAYS successful. THEY DO IT RIGHT!!! The theme this year for the Blessed Sacrament School annual fundraiser was “Starry Starry Night” (arguably Vincent VanGogh’s most famous painting). The theme was echoed throughout the entire venue, programs, even dinner. From the beginning of the silent auction and cocktail hour to midnight when I was forced to turn the music off, this event was fun.
Co-Chairs for the event were Yolanda Versteeg and Janet Kinneberg accepting the positions knowing full well the elevated level the bar had been set at in previous years. Undaunted they exceeded expectations and delivered a stellar event. Of course the children are the real winners and true recipients of all of their effort.
“Starry Night” painting and your own little pallet of edible colors to make your addition to Van Gogh’s masterpiece before you gobbled it up. The executive chef at the Marriott went above and beyond for this meal.
he kept everybody rolling in their seats. I don’t think he cannot NOT be funny. He is a person I have wanted to work with for years, and I was definitely not disappointed. His jovial demeanor extended well before and after his time on the mic. It was truly my pleasure Frank…thank you.
Richard O’ Keefe was the auctioneer and was the epitome of professionalism. Not only did he do his job very well and help to raise a copious amount of money for the school, but he was also very entertaining.
Lastly, and the thing that will not be demonstrated in the pictures, was the 2 hours of body to body, jam packed like sardines, sweat flying, let’s get nuts DANCING. From the first song I played after the auction was over, the dance floor was packed. It felt like I could play “Muskrat Love” and this group would have gone crazy and we ran the whole spectrum from Glen Miller to Lady Gaga. I LOVE when I start a song and you hear girls scream. It happened constantly for 2 hours. Finally, a few minutes before midnight, hotel security turned on the lights signifying the end of this great event. I believe everyone would agree with me when I say nice job Blessed Sacrament School. You do fundraising right. Of course the real winners, as stated before, are the children. Thanks for letting Laughing Gravy be part of your successful event.
Durven and Audrey with the infamous Frank!