St. Petersburg Garden

St. Petersburg Garden

Monday, January 10, 2011

Let the games begin!

Ah, January. The time of year when we start anew. Out with the old, away go the decorations, all the festivities have come to an end. For many people it can be a sad and boring month. There usually isn't much going on in January. Sure, there is little Christmas on January 6th. Also known as the Feast of the Three Kings. Hey, I'm all for this - it's an extra day to get a present. But this is it. The end of the festing (new word!). This is also my Dad's birthday but I don't get a present for that.

For the most part, I'm sure we can all agree that yes, this is a boring month. Yes, yes, for all you January birthday babies this is a great month. You get presents. Woohoo for you. I mean that sincerely. In the past, when I saw January approaching, I was right there with all you non-birthday people. No holidays, nothing fun. January. Ugh. But that changed a few years ago. Now I see January in a whole new light. It's not just the start of a new year. Oh hell no - it's much more than that. It's the start of competition time and oh how I love a competition.

Oh, I'm sorry, did I say competition time? What was I thinking? I meant fundraising time. Silly me. That's right my friends it's that time of the year where we gather our team and get ready for our annual 5k Walk Now for Autism Speaks charity event. This year the walk will take place on Saturday, April 23. As usual it will be at the Rosebowl in Pasadena, California.

Each year we try to come up with more ideas on how we can raise the most money. Slowly but surely, we have been moving up the scale. I understand that these things take time and that fundraising is not an easy task but from a competitor's standpoint you just want to do better, get more, be the best.

As this is for charity, I feel that this attitude comes in handy. What better way to benefit the team than a little friendly competition. At the 2010 walk, Mike and I did fairly well. We raised a nice amount and made it into the Grand Club with one slight problem. We missed the cutoff by one week. The Grand Club is a roped off section where walkers gather before the race begins to be pampered. I needed to be in there. My goal was to be in there.

About two weeks after the walk we received our letter congratulating us on making the Grand Club. Bummer. We made it but didn't. This was all the incentive we needed to work harder for 2011. We have been planning our strategy since last year's walk ended. We wanted to go bigger, raise more, try harder. We knew it wouldn't be easy but we knew we had to at least try.

As of this moment I am preparing to go to NYC for what was scheduled to be the first of our fundraisers. While in preparation for this one, I received word that another fundraiser came through and is set to take place this week - also in NYC.

We're trying not to get too excited but have I mentioned that I love raising money? It's such an amazing feeling, to see those numbers coming in, rising, rising. Knowing that you are doing something to help someone else. Plus, don't forget, it is still fun to see who can raise the most.....

We are still working on some events that we would like to have in California. These are still in the works. Hopefully everything will work out. We've added the bracelet collection to our repertoire. We're asking for a donation of $5 per bracelet. If anyone is interested please contact me at

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