Now I love me some country music and this event seemed totally up my alley! Cowboy boots, blue jeans and diamonds... You had me at cowboy boots! With this being the 3rd year for this event and our first time co-chairing this event we wanted to make our mark...
Our event was held at the SportsZone next to Holiday Inn Expo Center in Columbia, MO.
I mean seriously, if you are going to watch the CMA's with 100 friends you need a fun place to be with lots of TV's right?
Since this event would directly benefit the Dolly Parton Imagination Library here in Columbia, MO we thought it would be fun to have fairly simple table decorations. We got children's books from Goodwill, Salvation Army and Scholastic Books and wrapped suede and bandana material around them. We used these fun real flowers with baby's breath in mason jars!
A huge shout out to some awesome volunteers from Stephens College! Shelly and I went and begged...er... talked to Cindy Hazelrigg's class and told them about what we were doing and what it was for and how it was totally up their alley! They did an awesome job!
We had some awesome live entertainment by the super talented Clay Cumbie!
(Clay has shared the stage with Corey Smith, Collective Soul, Luke Bryan, James Otto, Randy Rogers Band, Zac Brown Band, Jonathan Singleton, Chuck Wicks, Dustin Lynch, Justin Moore, Blessid Union of Souls, Hightide Blues, and Kara Dioguardi.)
We had a super fun photo booth to enjoy for the evening thanks to Snapshots Photo Booth and the awesome Carolyn Preul! Be sure to "like" them on Facebook:
Aric Bremer (Zimmer Radio/Classic Clear) was our awesome MC for the evening....
and Kyle George was our fast talkin' auctioneer!
*A very special thank you to Jim Robertson with JR Creative for capturing so many great pictures for this awesome event! I think you can tell from the smiles on everyone's faces we had a blast!*
We had some awesome silent auction items....
Signed Loretta Lynn guitar and books...
Signed drum sticks from Charlie Daniels Band...
an awesome basket from New Franklin, MO businesses....
and even Sara Evans famous red pants that Scotty and Cara were talking about on Clear 99!
In addition we had these other great silent auction items....
3 month Jazzercise membership and Target gift card (Dave and Marcia Machens); $100 Flat Branch gift card (Jim Yankee); Whitetail Unlimited knife set, youth archery set, green archery target, bronze decorative buck, 3 t-shirts and 3 hats (Hudalla and Associates / Anthony Lopez); Autographed Justin Smith San Francisco 49er's visor, program and football (Justin Smith); Magnum bottle of red wine (Sarah Dubbert); Child's John Deere Bike (Sydenstricker); Autographed Modern Family poster, Cheifs mirror and autographed Patriots football (Anheuser Busch); 2 cases of wine (Major Brands); Police Ride Along experience (Columbia Police Department); $1000.00 gift certificate and large Mizzou cooler bag (Sylvan Learning Center); St. Louis Cardinals mirror (NH Scheppers); MU fleece blanket (Lynn Rogers); Cure your own Country Ham package (Steve and Lynda Baumgartner); Old Hawthorne Golf for 4 with cart (Old Hawthorne/Kevin Stull); Columbia Country Club Golf for 4 with cart (CCC/Brett Bieseke); 3D Ultrasound (Women's Health Associates/Dr. Elizabeth Wilson); 2 oil changes and tire rotations (Bob McCosh Chevrolet); Autographed Carl Edwards picture (Gene and Shelly DeVore); Framed Elvis Presley print (Brandon and Michele Spry / Frameworks Gifts and Interiors); Autographed Florida Georgia Line picture (Florida Georgia Line/Big Loud Shirt Publishing Company); Autographed Luke Bryan Party Pack (Brandon and Michele Spry) and 10 tickets to the University Concert Series (Bob and Brenda Wagner)
Then we had some awesome live auction items:
$1000.00 custom made earrings from KT Diamond Jewlers as well as a Dolly Parton Package with 2 tickets to Dollywood, autographed photo, and Dolly Parton books (DPIL / Brandon and Michele Spry); Lunch for 7 and the Mayor of Columbia, MO (Boone County National Bank); Mizzou Men's Basketball tickets with parking pass (Dave and Marcia Machens); Autographed Frank Haith Basketball (Brandon and Michele Spry); One night stay at Tiger Hotel (Tiger Hotel); MU Fire Truck Ride (Boone County Fire Department); Autographed Nascar sign with 50+ signatures (Brandon and Michele Spry); Photo shoot at Faurot Field with LG Patterson (LG Patterson); Brand New iPad (Midwest Mailing) and Sara Evans tickets with meet and greet (Sara Evans)!
A big ol' thank you for everyone that donated for this event! We wanted to have a nice variety of items to bid on and with your help we did it! Woo Hoo!
A huge thank you to our sponsors this year! Without you this wouldn't have been possible...
CenturyLink (Platinum Sponsor)
Shelter Insurance (Gold Sponsor)
TrueSon Exteriors (Silver Sponsor)
Veterans United (Silver Sponsor)
MU Women's and Children's (Silver Sponsor)
Inside Columbia Magazine (Media Sponsor)
Zimmer Radio Group (Media Sponsor)
ABC 17 / KMIZ (Media Sponsor)
SportsZone (Location Sponsor)
To our rock star team that helped make this successful.... Y'all are the best! Imagine you standing here with us in this picture... that's what we think about you! (Pay no attention this being taken in the ladies restroom) Hard work and dedication and we all did it! Thank you so much Karen Taylor (DPIL Chair), Sarah Dubbert, Lindsay Lopez, Gene DeVore, Lynda Baumgartner, Anne Farrow, Sheri Radman and Elizabeth Tate!
Thank you to the staff (especially Kim Craig and Cathy Akins) for all you did to help us put this event on! I know the rest of the team worked behind the scenes to also make sure this event was successful so thank you!
At the end of the night Tim Rich gave each of the committee members a rose for helping with this event and then gave Shelly and I a bouquet of flowers. Such a nice surprise and something we didn't expect to receive at all! Thank you to everyone that sponsored, donated and came out to have fun with us! Mark your calendars for November 2014 for another great party!
I love this man! He always supports anything I set my mind to in life. He doesn't care to go to many events but thankfully we talked him into going to this one! Love ya Brandon Gene!