As my film student husband would say, that’s a wrap!
Wow – our first Hallowpalooza under our belt, we did it!
Michelle and I spent the better part of the last month pulling together our very first fundraiser to raise awareness and funds for The Association for FTD. We both knew it would be quite the undertaking, but we committed to it and set our expectations high.
My oldest sister has a way of not worrying as much. Not overthinking. That’s where I come in. I had dreams of beer running out, no one wearing costumes. I like to think of it as preparty anxiety while I sleep. I’d share my concerns with her, but, worry not, she’d say, it’s going to be incredible.
She was right, it was.
When we first started this blog, many moons ago, we hoped to have a philanthropic spin to whatever it was we were setting out to do. We could never sort out exactly what it would be, but we knew we wanted to do something to help others in some way, shape, or form. Little did we know, it would hit so incredibly close to home.
As we shared our journey with FTD, naturally, we began to raise awareness as well as create a community for those that shared our same journey. Our mission organically began to show itself. This past April, as we celebrated who our mom was before FTD, our hearts felt the need to be a bigger voice for a disease that we feel lacks the volume it so needs.
It was decided in September that we knew of a way to create more noise. Get a group of beautiful humans together in one space, have them dress up inspired by whatever moves them, and raise some damn awareness. And why not do so while celebrating June’s favorite holiday, Halloween. So, that’s what we did.
Thank you to every single one of you who came out to support our mission and get spooky! Every ounce of energy and dollar you spent to help the cause means more to us and the FTD community than you will ever know. Not to mention, it was an utter blast being in one space with all of you amazing folks.
That was one hell of a party!
Thank you to every single one of you who made donations by purchasing tickets even though you couldn’t attend the fundraiser or by making a donation to our page on Classy.org. PS. There is still time to help us meet our goal!
Thank you to our BOOzy sponsors: Virtue Cider, Revolution Brewery, Temperance Brewery, 5 Rabbit Cervezería, Breakthru Beverage Group and Oakenshell Meadery. And thank you to Nothing Bundt Cakes, Lucca’s in LaGrange and Alpine Food Shop in Westchester for your delicious donations.
Your support and encouragement is felt deep in our hearts. Thank you.
Without further ado, here’s a look at the very first, inaugural Hallowpalooza, an event benefitting The Association for FTD.
Edgar Allan Poe and his Raven.
Mary Poppins and Bert
Thank you to all of our spectacular raffle donors!
Cutest little costume trophies found on Amazon.com.
Hillary Weber – our creative director! And most clever human we know!
Thank you to my Yoga Six yogis for volunteering!
Contrary to popular belief, I was not a dead Charlie Chaplin. LOL
DJ Grease brought it!
Stunning balloon garland by Paris 312, donated by Providence Private Wealth.
Thank you, Midway Dispensary!
Best in Show!!!
As Michelle stated in our speech, you live with dementia until you don’t.
Please consider making a donation to support our mission and meet our goal. FTD is a terrible, tragic, heartbreaking, frightening disease that needs all the attention and support it can get.
Thank you to you all and we wish you a happy and safe Halloween!
We’ll see you next year at the second annual Hallowpalooza!
xo, The Sister Project