The Driving Miss Shapleigh benefit dinner at Lombardi's 1025 Club in Johnston on September 1st was a HUGE success! We want to thank everyone who attended the event, and everyone who couldn't attend, but donated anyway. Your generosity and kindness are overwhelming!
Mike Marra, and Acts of Kindness, Inc. stepped up to the plate, when no one else would, to sponsor the Driving Miss Shapleigh campaign. Without this wonderful organization, we could not have launched this very important project. We are forever grateful to Acts of Kindness, Inc. We encourage everyone to go to www.a-o-k.org, to learn more about Acts of Kindness, Inc. and to find out what YOU can do to help this fine organization do their good work.
We knew our friend, Brad Griffing, was a talented musician and songwriter, and we were delighted when he agreed to play at our dinner. Brad, you rock! Thank you again for all your help!
Deep heartfelt thanks go to Mixed Nuts, an interactive cabaret. You are all SO gifted!! Thank you, Mark Colozzi, Katie Estrella, Kim Frenze, and Kevin Sullivan, for sharing your gift of comedy and song with our 352 guests that evening. You are one talented group! You helped make September 1st an unforgettable evening for our guests!
Very special thanks go to Kevin Sullivan (of Mixed Nuts: an interactive cabaret) who was responsible for all the artwork of our Driving Miss Shapleigh campaign. Kevin worked diligently on our flyers, advertising sheets, and he took our ad book to a whole new level! Kevin also gave John and Shapleigh a personal page on his website www.mixednutscabaret.com (and we didn't even ask!) He spent hours, too numerous to mention, updating the page and making everything look sleek and sharp. Kevin, you are one talented art director! And we are SO honored to have you as our friend!
Speaking of friends: Jim Pereira is worth his weight in gold! Jim put in so many hours doing SO many things for the campaign! He made tickets, DVDs, labels, scanned artwork, and lent us his organizational skills for the duration of the campaign. What would we have done without Jim Pereira and Kevin Sullivan?!!?? (Thank goodness we don't have to know!)
Tony Petrarca did a fabulous job running the live auction and silent auction, and TJ DelSanto was wonderful at giving away our raffle prizes. We are so grateful to you for coming to the dinner and lending a hand!
Bayo Dina is a brand new friend who came to videotape and document the Driving Miss Shapleigh benefit dinner for us. We hope everyone will e-mail Bayo at firstname.lastname@example.org to book him for their special event!
My sister-in-law, Deb Sachs, came up from Virginia to give hands-on help for the dinner. And she was able to recruit Beth and Jake Jacobs. You guys really came through for us. Thank you SO much!
NEADS, National Education for Assistance Dog Services www.neads.org, not only trained Shapleigh and placed her with John, but NEADS continues to be supportive and active in our lives. We are so grateful to all of you for your friendship!
Thank you Lombardi's 1025 Club, (especially Steve Lombardi and Ann Marie Rathbun), who made sure our guests were comfortable, and had a good time. The food was delicious! We would recommend Lombardi's 1025 Club as the venue for any special event! (401) 944-1025
Many, MANY thanks for bringing us closer to our goal of buying a handicap-accessible van for John and Shapleigh. Thanks to your generosity, John's dream of Driving Miss Shapleigh WILL become a reality.
John, Marie & Shapleigh DeFazio