Wednesday, April 16, 2008

My Hard Work Paid Off

My son's school had their annual PTA Installation Dinner and Chance Auction last Friday night. PHEW! It's finally O-V-E-R!

I am on the committee that runs the auction. I am a complete lunatic every year as there is SO much work to be done for this event. It's our biggest fundraiser. I am in charge of designing and sending out about 500 invitations and response cards, the table seating cards, and various theme related items. I also solicit donations for the gift baskets. To top that all off, I was the chairperson this year for the Ad Journal. That meant soliciting for monetary donations from local businesses and having them place an ad in our program book. I also had to put the book together with the night's schedule, the gift basket list, various thank you notes, and the ads. It was sheer craziness.

Yesterday I finished all of my thank yous to the generous contributors. I am officially done with this year's event!

The night was a big success. We raised a lot of money and I totally kicked butt in the prize department!! I think they may just ban me from going next year.

My loot included: A golf bag and golfing accessories. A basket with various gift cards (i.e. Dunkin Donuts, Panera Bread, Borders Books, etc.). A gymnastics birthday party for 12 at a local gymnastics place and an ice cream cake. 2 Tickets to see Pat Benetar in concert this Friday night! A gift basket from Montessori Academy with play-doh sets, Montessori t-shirts, and $250.00 off tuition (Miss R. may be going there next year. BTW, I won this same basket last year for T. to attend!). And I won the American Girl Doll of the Year, Mia.

How is that for luck?!

I am taking next week off from everything. My son is on spring break. Mr. Schmitty is on vacation. We need some serious family fun. I won't work, I may not blog. It's going to be fun, fun, FUN! We are planning a few day trips. We are going to go to Philly for two days where we will spend some time in the hotel pool, get room service, visit the zoo. The kids are SO excited. We haven't told them yet, but I think we are going to Six Flags Great Adventure one day as well. My neighbor and friend may meet us there with her kids. They are 9, 7, and 3, which will be perfect for pairing up for rides. It's going to be a great surprise! to book that hotel room!


The Fritz Facts said...

I am so glad that it all went well!! It know how stressful the events can be, I worked on the Family Fun night team and I almost pulled my hair out!

Have a great family week!

Day Dreamer said...

Sounds like you did a great job! I'm SO not gifted with organizational skills! Sounds like you deserve a break from everything, too! Have a wonderful trip. I absolutely love hotels and room service! (And coming home!)

Zephra said...

Last year when I was in PTA we did a carnival with raffle tickets. The president of PTA and her extended family won several prizes and was accused of rigging things.

I am a bit burned after that and more but I am glad you pulled it all off. It is a lot of work and sometimes you don't get a thanks.

Gosh I sound bitter.

Queen Goob said...

YEAH YOU! Now that the kids are older I do more for sports teams, etc. It's so much easier and less time consuming. I highly recommend it for all mommies.

PHILLY!!! All of my extended family is from the area - Chester County. When I retire it is going to be in Eastern PA, it’s my favorite place in the world.

Have a blast on your vacation. We've missed you lately but enjoy the time off with your family and friends; we're not goin' anywhere!

Bonnie said...

That sounds like so much fun. I am envious, you deserve it though. By the way could you come over and rub a little of that luck on me. I never win. I am okay with it. I am used to it. But some luck would be fun.

EE said...

I tend to run from the PTA:o

Momo Fali said...

Wow! You need to run out and buy a lottery ticket!!