by Julianna Squicciarini
This year, our family is participating in the “Light the Night” Walk for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. It will take place on the evening of October 17, in Symphony Park up in Southpark. We are very excited – it’s the first “walk” we’ve done for a cause like this. And for those of you who are unaware, this cause is close to our hearts, as our grandmother died from leukemia twelve years ago.
And hey – you know us. The Squicciarini Family just can’t help but make everything a party. How about you come walk with us? The more the merrier! Maybe we’ll even get extended curfew for that night… 😉 To register to walk with us, go to the following website: http://pages.lightthenight.org/nc/Charlnc09/Squicciarini. Obviously, we want you to join our group. How fun would that be?!
So yesterday was Light the Night’s kick-off luncheon, sponsored by and hosted at Noble’s Restaurant in Southpark <wow>. The five of us “kids” are the ones registered to walk, so we went together. Didn’t really know what to expect…but this is Noble’s, after all. So we dressed up a little, drove up to Southpark, and walked into Noble’s. There was a welcoming committee of sorts sitting by the door. We were asked to create our own nametags, containing our names, our fundraising goal, and our favorite movie (this year’s luncheon was Hollywood themed). All of us started writing…until we realized that we hadn’t even thought about our “fundraising goal”. I mean, please. This is all about WALKING. (And, as we learned, AWARENESS.) Not MONEY. You know? So, being the realistic Squicciarinis that we are, we settled for the nice, safe goal of $500. Easy enough, right? Right. Like they say, “aim small, miss small.” 😉
They had this “red carpet” set up leading into the dining area. We felt like movie stars, parading in, dressed to the…eight-and-a-halfs, the paparazzi snapping pictures. It was really cool. We browsed their table of informational stuff, and chose seats. The tables were set with five chairs each. How apropos. 🙂 So there we were, sitting in this gorgeous dining room, chatting away with each other, laughing about different things, as the room gradually filled with people. And then it happened. These two men walked in. I looked up and just barely caught their fundraising goal as they passed us. $40,000. FORTY. THOUSAND. DOLLARS. Um…that’s a lot of money. A lot of money. All of the sudden, we felt like pathetic dweebs only there for the food. <sigh> We started looking at the fundraising goals proudly posted on people all around us, resisting the urge to hastily cover our nametags with extravagantly expressive hand gestures whenever anyone came near us. $1,000 for the heavyset man in the pink shirt; $2,000 for the seven-foot redhead and her six-year-old daughter; $5,000 for the group of businesswomen at the next table. Holy toledo – we’re losers.
But all was not lost. The Squiccarini Family does not bow down. That is, we quickly caucused at our table, and came up with a fix. Morgan snatched a green Sharpie from the middle of the table – how convenient – and expertly added another zero to her nametag. Five people – $5,000. Doable. Peter smirked and handed his nametag over. And within seconds, our entire table had increased their fundraising goal by a factor of ten. It was beautiful. A prompt, perfectly-performed solution to the problem at hand. Talk about on-the-spot quick thinking. 😀
Shortly thereafter, the speaking began and the food was served. All in all, the luncheon was very informative and the viands excellent. And although there were no less than four drawings for various prizes, none of the five of us won anything. <sigh> Sometimes I think those things are rigged…
So come walk with us on October 17! It’s only two miles! You can do it.