Sunday, June 8, 2008

2008 CDH Conference, Angel Ball & Golf Tournament in NC

Hi Everyone,

I know I haven't been on the boards very much lately but we are so busy behind the scenes, getting so much done! I am so excited about all of this. If you can attend all or any of these events, please do!!!! A few updates on the big events...

CHERUBS Conference - We have 3 very impressive guestspeakers and hopefully a 4th that will be presenting speeches on CDH and Genetics, the NICU experience and more. We are working on the itinerary, round table discussion topics and discussion leaders. There will be entertainment for the kids and a pizza party. CHERUBS 2008 International Member Conference will be educational and fun! The new conference site will be public shortly!

Angel Ball - After a rough start (2 Event Planners quitting!), the ball is rolling. The venue is just absolutely gorgeous! Duke Gardens is amazing and we will have use of the ballroom, outdoor amphitheater and one of the gardens. We have an amazing corporate event planning company helping us. One of the best marketing firms has just come aboard - some their other clients are Duke University, McDonald's, Michael Jordan.... this is HUGE!!!! The band is incredible and well known locally. Our MC is a very well-known local radio DJ with a very popular morning show. We have several caterers on board offering an "Angelic Taste of the Triangle" - the "Triangle" is what we call the Durham / Raleigh / Chapel Hill area. A wonderful florist is doing the centerpieces. We have some incredible auction items, including baskets donated by some of you! We also have some great vacations (hotel in NYC, Hawaiin vacation, spa weekend in Asheville), author Dean Koontz has donated his latest book with a special personalized inscription for the event, some beautiful artwork, gorgeous jewelry and much more. Photographers will be everywhere taking photos of the guests and the events. Videographers will be filming the event for YouTube. The media has been invited to attend as well. Several local pageant winners will be in attendance to help out. There will be a display about CDH and CHERUBS and the videos of our cherubs. We are expecting 500 people!

Golf Tournament - This is becoming such an amazing event too! Brier Creek Country Club is gorgeous and an Arnold Palmer course. The local dealership just added a BRAND NEW 2008 LEXUS as the hole-in-one prize. We have several locals PGA players coming aboard, including long-distance drive champion Eric Lastowka. The Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers and other teams have donated items. Miss North Carolina will present trophies to the winners. Several local pageant winners will be in attendance to help out. Photographers will also be there and a videographer as well.

To make it all even better - except for the venue's and a few things we got at huge discounts, almost everything has been donated!!!!

And the BEST part .... CDH Awareness on a level it's never been before!!!! .... and this is just the tip of the iceberg!!!!!

We still have a lot of work to do in the next 6 weeks (6 weeks! Yikes!) but we have such an amazing group of volunteers here and locally!