Saturday was a hugely busy day! I went to the gym with Mike early (like “o’dark-thirty” early) to help get people registered for the 12-hour “Pedal for the Cure.” It was a fundraiser he planned and organized to raise money for the Susan G Komen Foundation. There were over 200 riders who participated throughout the day, and money is still coming in. Mike was really surprised at how successful it was. The gym is part of the hospital, so everything that happened had to be run through the gym, then the hospital and about 50 “boards” and committees, then back to the gym. We started planning this in February. Some of the “Red (Tape) Sea” took so long to be parted that we didn’t get all the paperwork back until 2 weeks ago. So the contract with Susan G Komen was never finalized because it took so long to get the info back. As far as they’re concerned, we probably didn’t hold the event. Won’t they be surprised when they get the checks?
Mike had planned to have gift bags for the riders. Lots of area businesses had agreed to give gifts – free meals from restaurants, massages, water bottles – but shortly before the event, Mike was told that he couldn’t do that. Apparently, everything had to be okayed by the numerous boards and committees, and anything given away also had to have the hospital name on it. It kind of defeats the purpose of giving things away if someone else gets all the credit, don’t you think? So we had to nix the give-aways. And, although I sent press releases and information to all the local media (newspapers, TV, radio), none deemed it “newsworthy.” I didn’t even see press releases, but I could have missed it. I’m not a news person, but a 12-hour indoor cycling event with 200+ participants that raised between $2000-5000 to help find a cure for breast cancer seems pretty newsworthy to me. We even offered to find a sponsor for a news media team if they wanted to ride with us. Nope. All we heard from them was some crickets chirping.
Oh, well. After I worked for a bit, I headed to the office for a workshop. Then I went back to the gym to see if Mike needed any help closing up. He rode about 10 hours, because he was off the bike a lot getting people “fitted” to the bikes, so he was pretty toasted by the time we left. Here are some photos of the event.
I’m so proud of that man! Sunday we cleaned up and put everything away, then I had another workshop. Here’s one of the cards we made.
This is a “quick and easy” card. I just punched three ornaments from designer paper (Holly Berry*), adhered two to the card stock, then stamped the sentiment (from “Heard from the Heart). I ran it all through the Big Shot with the Snow Burst embossing folder*, then added the third ornament with dimensionals. Adhere that panel to the other layers. Done! Nancy, one of my stampers, suggested running just envelope flap through the Big Shot, so we did that, too. Cute!! I think the Snow Burst folder is a little busy, so next time I may use a texture plate or a simpler folder. But I’m happy with the results.
That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by!
*available in the Holiday Mini Catalog