Thank you to everyone who came to Oscar Taylor’s last night to show their support and those that donated items for the silent auction. It was so nice to see old and new friends. I haven’t had a chance to see many of you for so long. I feel bad that I did’t get a chance to talk to everyone. I have to admit I was a little overwhelmed, as this is the first time that I have been in a social environment with that many people. After my first and only glass of wine, I was able to relax a little.
We had about 60 attendees show, which we were pleased to see, since it is in the dead of the summer when many are on vacation. Wine, beer and cocktails were flowing, while many noshed on grilled chicken sandwiches and quesadillas. Brad Perry and his band played tunes throughout the night as we all mingled and caught up with old friends.
My sister Megan brought a surprise of 1,000 cranes. These cranes were strung throughout the private room in all sorts of beautiful colors. She explained that the story says, “Sadako was only a baby when an atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. Nine years later, she is an energetic sixth grader who loves to run and wants to join the racing team. But then she starts getting dizzy spells. She tries to keep it a secret, but one day she gets sick at school. She has leukemia, the atom bomb disease. Her best friend tells her the story of the cranes. If she folds one thousand paper cranes then she can get well. For nearly a year, Sadako folds cranes and remains optimistic. She folds 644 cranes before she dies. Even though she never finished folding the cranes herself, this story of one little girl’s courage and determination continues to inspire people around the world“. It was really touching to see that my sister’s seventh graders spent the time folding the cranes in my honor.
I also had another surprise that the Web site, www.themelissawaller.com, is almost ready to go live. The site had gone live for the purposes of the night to show the interactivity and finalized homepage. It was exciting to see how taking a small idea can turn into such a cool tool that can hopefully reach many others.