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Since January 1, 2012, my goal is to write a daily sentence or two (or paragraph or two) about gratitude of the day and to include one photo (at least) that I took that day (but will add others from time to time). It has definitely been a challenge most days throughout the past eight years, and welcomed the challenge again this year - 2020 - Covid and all. I hope you will continue the ride with me!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Casino Royale Special Love Style

To help kids and families fight a devaststing diagnosis, ugly cancer, the one "fantastic" organization, Special Love , finds a way to lighten the load with big fun, deep friendships and hearfelt compassion! So last night's Casino Royale at the Hilton in McClean, VA, their big fundraiser, had over 300 people with the same mind set and passion to help make a difference.

Ohio friends Linda and Mark Misencik made the trip East to partake in this magical night. We ate, played blackjack (Ryan), danced and bid on auction items (some won, some lost). Will Shriner, comedian, actor, director and game show host, emceed the event, plus the live auction, keeping the crowd laughing and bidding and then more laughing. He was personable and entertaining (thanks Patty Hawk!) and kept the evening very lively.

But the most inspiring thing about the evening was the presentation of the Light of Love award to The Lilly Family. They are unbelieveable! For over 25 years Joe, Maureen, Joe Jr., Anne and Sarah have given back to Special Love and other cancer organizations, after their daughter/sister, Becca, lost her six year battle of cancer (brain tumor) and was a beacon of light and love to everyone she met in her 16 years on earth. This family continues to keep Becca's spirit alive in everything they do to help other families, bar none!

Lastly, kudos to CEO Dave Smith, the Special Love board led by Sherri Fisher, and all the volunteers and committees who worked tirelessly to ensure a magical "royale" night!

BSoleille! The bright side of Camp Fantastic and Brass (camp for brothers and sisters of the cancer kid)! HOW-HOW


photos from the awesome night

live auction item

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