Monday, December 10, 2007

Not Snow, Nor Rain Can Keep These Red Cross Messengers from Our Party

With apologies to Herodotus for that headline...

"Snow? Sub-freezing temperatures? Pats game? No problem. I'll still join CHEN PR and Network World for their third annual Red Cross Metrowest fundraiser."

We were touched by the hundred-plus devoted pals who ignored the challenges and elected to wend their way to our event last Monday evening. Thanks to Linda Driscoll at the American Red Cross Metrowest, and John Gallant, president and editorial director of Network World, for working with us each year to make this a fun and heartwarming evening.

This year's silent auction was particularly successful, raising nearly $5000 alone. It included many old favorites (like Vintage wine, Red Sox tix) as well as some new items (a stained glass window, original artwork, a tour of a local police and fire station, Beckett and Ortiz signed baseballs and tech celebrity lunches with Dan Lyons, Erick Schonfeld and Chris Shipley).

A special shout-out to our Office Manager Myrsini Morris, who organized the silent auction and made the tables look liked they'd been done by a Bloomie's window designer (only better).

Here's a real live user testimonial from the event (and it's not from an employee!):

Thanks for doing such good work, and helping the rest of us feel virtuous while we're having fun at the same time!

Why do we do it?

The American Red Cross MetroWest supports 1 million people in 36 cities and towns with an array of invaluable programs. Last year alone, the group distributed 23,489 bags of groceries to families in need and responded to 58 disasters, fires, floods and gas leaks, aiding 363 children and adults with lodging, food, clothing and medicine. More than 1,500 children in need received holiday gifts and toys.


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