Rock for a Cure Recap

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!

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TGIFB!

TGIFB!

(Thank goodness it’s FALL BREAK.)

I’m sorry to all my blog followers who actually read this and have been disappointed in my lack of posts recently. To say I’ve been busy is an understatement. But here’s what you’ve missed since I last updated you…

CLUB BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS AT UNCP!

This is my final year playing club basketball at UNCW and I was able to travel last weekend with the team to UNC Pembroke to play in a tournament. We had 5 games in 2 days and the other teams there were UNC Pembroke, UNC Greensboro and Campbell University. I quickly learned that Pembroke is in the middle of nowhere but we had a lot of basketball to play so I wasn’t too sad that there wasn’t anything fun to do in the area. The UNCW Women’s club basketball team is really good this year. Dare I say that is has the most potential of all the years I’ve played for the team… well, we’re good. But I didn’t expect for us to do so well at our first tournament and playing together as a team. I really loved spending time with the girls and getting closer to a few on our 2 hour car ride and late night up talking in the hotel room we rented for the night. We went undefeated for the weekend and won the championship game in double overtime vs. UNCG! It was definitely a sweet feeling to win in double overtime. We have a tradition on our team that the seniors get to hold the championship trophy in the photos after the game. As the only returning senior starting from freshman year until now, I had the bragging rights and seniority to hold our beloved championship trophy! Check out my pictures from the weekend…

I GOT A LITTLE!

For those of you who still aren’t up-to-date on your sorority terminology, a “little” is a girl from the new pledge class that I have taken in to my sorority family and is considered my “little sister” (kind of?), and I’m called her “big.” So it’s a secret for our new girls to know who their big is, and the bigs are required to be super artsy and craft them things (canvases, glasses, letters) and put together a basket of goodies for 4 weeks straight. I would post my first two baskets that I have put together with all of my little’s favorite things, but for secrecy reasons I won’t post any pictures or talk any more about my little until we have our reveal in a few weeks. Did I mention how hard it is to keep this a secret? The bigs have to be super sneaky in their crafts and trying their hardest to not let the littles guess who they are! All I can say for now is that I am SO happy with the little I got and I can’t wait to finally have her know who I am! More to come on this later…

ROCK FOR A CURE IS THIS FRIDAY!

I haven’t wrote much about my involvement as a co-coordinator for Rock for a Cure, but it’s actually taking over my life at the moment. I was chosen by my PR professor to be one of three girls who are planning this event. It’s a breast cancer benefit concert downtown on a rooftop bar! All of our proceeds will be donated to the Pink Ribbon Project which helps local Wilmington women who are uninsured with mammography screenings and provides “comfort bags” to women undergoing treatment currently. My duties include, and are not limited to:

–          Writing press releases to get media coverage

–          Getting sponsorships from businesses in the community

–          Collecting donations for our silent auction and raffle prizes

–          Organizing the raffle items and creating signage for them at the event

–          Creating mini-flyers and promotional materials to get event publicity

–          Organizing and communicating with volunteers

–          Creating a VIP list for entry at the door

–          Distributing flyers and t-shirts

–          Organizing every other detail that goes into event planning… lighting, decorations, etc.

So… that’s just a GLIMPSE into what I’ve been doing for the past few months. As the event comes closer, I’m starting to become a little more stressed but excited for it to finally be here! My parents are even coming next weekend so I’ll be really happy for them to see my hard work come together. My press release actually got us airtime on a popular radio station in Wilmington, Z107.5. I’ll be interviewed LIVE ON THE RADIO on Wednesday morning so look out for more updates about how that goes! I’ll post after the event to share how it went! ONE WEEK AHHHHH.

IT’S FALL BREAK RIGHT NOW!

Yup, that means a whole 4 day weekend off of school! While the beginning of my break started off a bit rocky (I was sick and lonely in my house by myself), I turned the weekend around now by getting a LOT of errands done today and feel super productive. Which is why I’m writing this blog post now because I can!

A large majority of my friends went home for Fall Break, including my roommates, so I’m enjoying the peace and quiet in my beach house and using this time to get stuff done. I don’t really have a choice, I have a LOT to do! Today I got my haircut (which was definitely a necessity because my hair was getting ratchet recently). So now I’m writing this with STRAIGHT HAIR. For those of you who really know me, you know my straight hair is a big deal. Today I also went downtown to drop off Rock posters and t-shirts, went food shopping at Trader Joes (yum Cookie Butter) and Walmart (ugh that place is a nightmare), got more crafting supplies at AC Moore (gosh that place smells so good), and did a few other things. Not bad huh?

OKAY SARA WRAP IT UP…

I’m notorious for writing too much. SORRY! That’s all I have for now. My parents get in to Wilmington on Friday so I’m sure you’ll be hearing about that and how Rock for a Cure goes. BYE!

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