Saturday was the Arthritis Foundation's black tie event, the Crystal Ball. Since my hubby isn't too keen on wearing a tux, I took my friend Sarah instead.
On the way there, Sarah asked me if we had dancing. I thought about it for a second, until I responded that I have heard there is, but in eight years of attending, I'm pretty sure I've never seen it! Each year I have been helping with auction check-out, so I've always missed that part. Well, this year, I told Traci (who plans the event) that I only wanted to do early event stuff... so Sarah and I helped with registration and the live auction, then we were free to enjoy!
And enjoy we did! We danced the night away with some other AF friends after a great meal at The Jefferson. I got a little teary eyed a couple of times, but they were good tears... living with this stupid disease, it really touches me to see people donating thousands of dollars towards finding a cure for it.
One of the fundraisers of the evening is a Champagne Diamond Raffle. You pay $25 for a ticket and you get a glass of champagne and a chance to win that evening's donated diamond jewelry. This year: a necklace valued at $14,500. Of course I bought a few tickets! At the end of the night, ten names are drawn, and each person comes up on the stage and receives a box. One person's box has the winning ticket, the rest have charms. I was talking to my pals just before the drawing and saying how I didn't know how I'd explain to Bryan that we were going to have to pay a few thousand dollars in taxes on this necklace if I won it, but I still wanted it. Well, my name was drawn, first! I went up to the stage, picked a box, and waited for nine other names to be drawn. Then we all opened our boxes... man, was I sweating! And inside.... a charm. Oh well, I didn't want to pay the taxes on it anyway!
A few photos:
Me with Christian, Erica & Eric Schmude (where was Michele?!):
Me and my "date," Sarah:
Me with Christian Schmude and my arthritis sister, Erica: