But this post is not about one of those times.
This post is about a mommy first, a mommy/daddy adventure, and a celebration for a worthy cause.
This weekend, Marty and I enjoyed a much-needed night away. In addition to a little pampering at the spa and some mommy-daddy alone time, we were also able to support an important cause--Little Pink Houses of Hope--by attending its first gala event.
I do believe that this was also my first real gala.(Doesn't the word gala just sound fun and indulgent??)
As many of you know, in the summer of 2009, my friend Jeanine was diagnosed with breast cancer at the young age of 39. While undergoing treatment, she started a wonderful organization called Little Pink Houses of Hope to provide week-long beach retreats to breast cancer patients and their families. These retreats are funded solely through donations and are staffed completely by volunteers. This summer, just two short years after Jeanine's diagnosis, Little Pink Houses of Hope offered seven retreat weeks serving 50 families from 30 states and Canada.
Saturday night's gala was a celebration of the families, of the mission of the organization, and of the possibilities that lie ahead. It was a fun evening that raised awareness and funds for a great cause.
We enjoyed getting dressed up and cheering on the dancers who did such a good job entertaining the crowd with their dances. The whole production was top-notch, from the beautiful Diamond Room, to the music, the open bar, the swag bags, and raffle prizes.
I don't think there was a dry eye in the house when they showed this video, which really sums up Little Pink:
But, there was lots of laughter and good times, too.
Oh, and last but not least, Marty is still talking about getting his picture made with Miss NC!
In honor of Little Pink Houses of Hope, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and my commitment to support this cause, I am placing a Little Pink Houses of Hope button permanently on my page. Please share with other women who are facing breast cancer and could use an opportunity to get away and reconnect with their families--away from the daily challenges cancer brings.