Working on Night of Warmth (you know, the Columbus OH-IO fundraiser for EOR on February 25. 18 days!) makes me feel like this:
You know…delighted!!! This little person, and the hundreds of other kids I met while I was in Ethiopia last November help keep me focused on the end goal as I help to put the finishing touches on Night of Warmth. His enthusiasm and mine must be contagious, because there are a huge number of people to thank for all of their efforts to make Night of Warmth a huge success.
I’d like to start by thanking our guests, our sponsors and our donors. Your shared commitment to the children of Ethiopia warms the icy spots in my heart. The success of Night of Warmth will belong to all of you.
I’d also like to thank the world’s best event planning committee: Meggann, Katie, Emily, Ali & Abbie have made planning this incredible event a walk in the park. None of this would be possible without them or their terrific spouses who also volunteer for NOW, juggle childcare duties and sell tickets, all for the children of Ethiopia.
This time last year, as we planned Dead of Winter, I was a crazy mess. Even with a fabulous, dedicated committee, the success (or not) of the event fell largely on my shoulders. This year, it has been enormously helpful to be joined by two fabulous Columbus-area board members as we’ve put this together. Amy and Alex are the best kind of women–I am SO lucky to know them both!
Lastly, the husbands of the board need a special mention. From Day 1, my commitment to Ethiopian Orphan Relief, Inc. has been a shared one. Albert and our tots play a large role in my work for EOR. It’s quite obvious that Amy and Alex could say the same. Thank you Albert, Joel and Dan for your efforts.
When Night of Warmth is over and the proceeds have been tallied, I will be lauded again and again for the job that I’ve done. Know now that EVERY time I say thank you for the praise, I will remember the role each of you played.
Ahmesegenallo, friends of Ethiopia,
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