Today's blog post is dedicated to thanking all the folks who put their time and energy into making the Halloween Jamboree a success.
One of our DRC parents, Valerie Kirkpatrick, suggested the idea of an October jamboree. After conferring with her Dad, Ron Kirkpatrick, and her brother, Josh, they were ready to go. Ron got his band together for possibly the last time, and they played till the Canton-VFW was rocking! And then Josh played with his band. What a thrill to have these NoCo musical legends play to benefit Deep Root Center.
Thank you, Ron, Valerie, & Josh Kirkpatrick, Carter Houk, George Dodds, Don Woodcock, Jay Seymour, and all the guys in Josh's band. We are deeply grateful for your music and your support.
The musical talent was augmented by DRC's own Chris Raymo, his son Christian, and long-time DRC member Avery Latimer, and then my husband, Mike Corse, who finished the evening with a few original tunes. Thank you to all of them for sharing their gifts with us.
I am deeply grateful to DRC parents and Board members for their many efforts – they heard the call and responded with purpose.
Special thanks to Susan Foster and Tiffanie Jacob, two of our parents and board members, for contributing items to the Silent Auction, 'womanning' the entrance table, and generally helping everything flow smoothly throughout the day. And gratitude to parent Rachel Colton for running our concession.
Thank you to our DRC Kiddos for baking items for the bake sale, their willingness to share their creative talents by putting their work out there for sale, for offering their face painting skill, and all of the lifting and carrying and general "grunt work" needed to put the entire gig together.
This would not be complete without mentioning our dedicated staff, the heart and soul of DRC, who don't get paid nearly enough for all they do. Karen Gagne, our beloved lead staff person, and mentor at DRC-East in Massena, spent hours connecting and engaging with people and businesses to acquire items for the Silent Auction. Because of her efforts, we had over 35 items - many of which were hotly contested. She also took all of these photos!
And Chris Raymo, our Canton Staff person who goes above and beyond every single day - quietly taking care of our kiddos - as well as the facility (broken doors, clogged drains, hanging a swing, and building a sandbox, among many other things).
Thanks again to the businesses and individuals who donated items to the silent auction. We are grateful for your support. The winners of all the "loot," if not already, will be contacted later today.
Thank you to the Canton VFW for allowing us to take over your space for the day. It was the perfect venue for our event.
And finally, thank you to everyone who came out, played in the kid zone, listened and danced, and contributed your hard-earned dollars to DRC. We rely on our community to stay alive, and you all came through beautifully.
The DRC October 50/50 Raffle will be drawn on Halloween. Tickets are still available - please get in touch if you would like to purchase one.
Our fundraising efforts will continue through the year - stay tuned for our next event. In the meantime, you can contribute through our Omella donation page, sponsor a DRC kid, or send a check to DRC, 48 Riverside Dr., Canton, NY 13617. Thank you!
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