Friday, March 25, 2011

Silent Auction Success!!!

I cannot begin to express the overwhelming gratitude and pride I have today following our DetermiNation Silent Auction.  What started as a faint possibility, through hope and generosity, grew into a full blown charity event. 

The Abbey Road Runners, (Lainie, Leah, and myself) really put in some quality time and effort to make it happen, but it is without question that none of this would have been possible without our sponsors.....

First and Foremost....MBC Lansing.

Having never organizing any type of charity event in my life, I sat down with Marc Wolbert, General Manager, and worked out the details of our event.   I was humbled by how the word "Yes" just seemed to flow from his mouth.  We had a great conversation, and I left with such a positive feeling about the possibilities we could create.  We had a date and time, some giveaways, and a starting point to then venture out into the community to ask for auction items.

All three of us "Hit the Ground Running,"sharing our vision, goals, and passion for the American Cancer Society and our event.   I'd like to recognize those generous individuals and companies who so selflessly gave to our cause....

Sansu, NCG Cinemas, Champps, Max and Ermas, Buddies, Enso, Anytime Fitness in Haslett, Brookhouse Fitness, Weight Watchers, Playmakers, Brighton Harley Davidson, Jill Lenkowski with Two Ring Photography, Car And Driver, Maggee Moos, P F Changs, Ingham County Parks, Panera Bread Company, Hair Express, Amy Frick Masi with Thirty One Gifts, Chapelure Bakery, The State Room, Mark's Watershed, Anytime Fitness in Haslett, and Gary Brewer with Dart Container.

Thank You!  Thank You!  Thank You!!!

Event day arrived and we felt confident that we were set to have a great turnout.  It was great to see our family and friends, share stories, laugh, and enjoy the wonderful food and Michigan made beer that MBC is known for.  There was a definite feeling of love floating around as we were so grateful to each and every person who made the time to come. I loved to see a number patrons, who were there that day for other reasons, made their way over to check our what we were doing.  The last few minutes were exciting, as the final frenzie of flying pens and laughter surely drove up the final bids.   Here are a few pics.....

The Abbey Road Runners...Leah M., Myself, and Lainie P.

Mark W. behind the bar working his magic 


Our Mini-Bake Sale...The kids loved it!!

Our setup....

One great addition to our auction that I would like to share is pictured right above.  Mike Massey with Capital City Sport Auctions was invited by Mark to join in the event.  They provide high quality sports memorabilia and autographed one-of-a-kind items (including jerseys, helmets, and balls) to be auctioned off in silent auctions just like ours.  Not only did he come and set up all of his merchandise, but he was so easy to settle up with after the event.  They really provided unique opportunity to our bidders.  Thanks you to Mike and Mark for setting that up!!!

So with the auction behind us, our team was able to meet and count our final tally....



In two short hours we raised $1000!!!  

I can only imagine the wonderful things this money will help to provide for those challenged with the diagnosis of cancer.  Again, I am so proud of our team, our sponsors, and our supporters for such a wonderful day! 

Peace and Blessings,

Jen B.

P.S.   The American Cancer Society combines a never-ending passion with the wisdom of nearly a century of experience to save lives by helping you stay well, helping you get well, by finding cures, and fighting back. Learn more at

1 comment:

  1. That's incredible!! Congratulations on your success. Sounds like an amazing event for a really important cause.