Hey blog readers!
So here’s my post Rock for a Cure update for you all:
The week leading up to it I was pretty much freaking out, and definitely sleep deprived. But I blinked my eyes and it was already Friday, so I woke up with a smile on my face despite all the major anxiety and stress this event has caused me. The morning and early afternoon started out with a beautiful sunny sky… until streaky gray clouds rolled in while my parents arrived in to town. (Reminder: this event is on an uncovered rooftop downtown.) So of course… it started to rain. Lightly at first, then steadily pouring just an hour before Rock was about to start. I seriously almost started crying… all my hard work would NOT go to waste for a little water from the sky. Some weather miracle must have happened, because the skies cleared with just enough time for us to wipe down the soaking wet tables and re-set up the auction items and raffle displays.
The event was SO much fun… and a HUGE success! Despite the rain scare, so many people came out to support the Communication Studies Society and the Pink Ribbon Project. Honestly, it went even better than I had expected. I had my whole family there, my best friends, a huge group of Student Ambassadors came out, and ton of other students too. I want to give a HUGE shout out to the group of Student Ambassadors who came out… their support at my event meant so much to me and it just further shows how much of a family we are. Love you guys! Also, thank you Julia & Hannah who came out from AGD to support me too!
We raised a little over $5,200 for the Pink Ribbon Project and my Professor, Jennifer Chin, who served as our faculty advisor, even admitted that this was the most fun she’s ever had at Rock for a Cure in the 7 years she’s coordinated it. (That’s a big compliment coming from her.) My family won two prizes from the raffle drawings that I was in charge of too, so I’m glad that all the prize gathering paid off.
Overall, I am so thankful for this experience as a co-coordinator of Rock for a Cure 2013. I learned a lot about what goes into planning a large benefit event and I was really pushed by Jennifer to do my best work and meet pressing deadlines. There is so much that goes into coordinating an event… more than I had ever thought about. But the experience was definitely one that I can look back on as extremely rewarding.
The rest of the weekend with my parents was great. Jakes’s roommate and best friend, Kieran, also had his parents in town so the big group of us took on Wilmington together. We ate at all of my favorite restaurants (Sweet & Savory, Indochine, Osteria Cicchetti, Orange Leaf froyo), went food shopping, walked around downtown, and watched the Eagles play at a bar with all Philadelphia fans (the Copper Penny… that was nuts)! Thanks to my beautiful mother who baked me brownies, maldel bread, and banana bread which is now almost completely gone (I’m a fatty). I miss my parents already 😦
Overall, it was one awesome weekend and now I’m back in the library writing this blog post with a large cup of coffee on the table. Back to reality until I can escape back home for Thanksgiving!