As many of you may know if you follow our blog, we recently teamed up with companies in the Raleigh event industry to put on a special event for local veterans of the Raleigh Vet Center. In the weeks leading up to our December 17 event, we were continuously shocked by the generosity of so many vendors and other companies. When Shawn decided to move forward with this event after the company who was originally going to sponsor it was unfortunately forced to back out, she had no idea what to expect for the outcome. Shawn has been in this industry a long time and has many made so many connections (now friends). Getting the support needed to create an event to remember was as simple as posting on Facebook.
Through Shawn’s business associates, friends and family, we were able to not only throw a beautiful luncheon for 100 Raleigh veterans, but we were also able to become a temporary Santa Claus by fulfilling the needs and wishes of four veterans’ families who had been struggling even before the holiday season. Such a wonderful day would not have been possible without the help and generosity of so many great people.
A big thanks to 1705 Prime for providing a location for the event.
Thank you to Expressions of Love Florist for the gorgeous arrangements.
Thanks to the always delicious Ashley Cakes provided an adorable cupcake Christmas tree.
Thank you SPIN for donating your time to DJ.
Thank you to the wonderfully talented Hugo and Swell, and Cody Hartley for their live music.
Thanks to the IWP Photography staff for volunteering their time to make the event possible.
Thank you, Shannon Franks and her staff at Acme Foster Wheeler, for volunteering their time and generously donating household supplies to each of our families.
Thank you to Mid-Way Baptist Church for donating finances and personal gifts to help enhance the families’ holidays and for volunteering time to make the event happen.
A special thanks to The Better Sleep Store for helping to provide bedding for two of our families.
What started as an idea with little depth, turned into a Christmas miracle thanks to the support and generosity of the companies and staff listed above. This event could not have been pulled off without every one of you.
Last but certainly not least, thanks to Shawn Schindler! It would have been easy to cancel this event once the original sponsors could no longer proceed, but that is simply not in Shawn’s nature. There was no question that she was going to go forth with the event on her own. With her creativity and determination, she rounded up a great team to execute an event that embodies the true meaning of Christmas. I feel blessed to have been a part of such a special day.
Have a blessed New Year, everyone.