This is what will keep me off the streets for the next couple of days. It's the annual fundraiser for my favorite non-profit -- Mid-South Lions Sight and hearing Service. Although I can't help but be happy that my term as their president is over, nothing much keeps me away from helping their efforts.
So today we'll be moving all the auction items from the office to the hotel where the event takes place. Then comes the task of setting up the silent auction tables -- probably at least seven of them--arranging all the items, cataloguing and pricing them --
And then, like a shampoo commercial, someone will have a better idea, and we'll "rinse and repeat," moving everything at least once and possibly six times. The work goes on far into the night, which is why we all stay at the hotel for the weekend.
Saturday morning, I have a committee meeting to run at 8:00 AM (Gah!), two others to attend during the morning, and in between we'll be finishing the auction set-up. After a stand-up lunch, (probably Wonder bread and what one of our members calls "flat meat,") there will be a board meeting, and then the folks from the local casino move in to set up their equipment for a "funny money" fake casino night.
Guests start arriving at 5:00, so we'll dash upstairs to put on "going-out-to-a-fancy-dinner" clothes, and then back to help greet, direct people to the hors d'oeuvres stations or the bar, and encouraging lots of bids on the silent auction items (which means bidding on them ourselves to drive prices up and hoping we don't win everything we've bid on!) There will also be a mystery wine pull going on.
Dinner starts at eight, along with a loud and fun live auction, with tempting vacations in the mix. And then we end with an ice cream bar while all the bills are being toted up. I don't usually eat ice cream, but I'll be too tired by then to worry about a little lactose.
Sunday morning will mean the final clean-up, and then we're home to recuperate. DO NOT call me on Sunday!
However, if you're in the Memphis area, we'd love to see you at the auction. We have a hundred or so patients waiting for things like cataract surgeries. The money we bring in this weekend will go to pay for their treatment.