Sunday, May 10, 2009

Just when we thought we had hit the ultimate just got better.

As May rolls around and we think back on all that's happened in the past month, we're left speechless (If you know Steve, you know that is pretty amazing...haha). April was full of fundraisers, friends, and a show of support unlike anything we could have imagined. It started with our amazing friend, Keith Apple, going from store to store in our area asking if we could set up outside the store and tell people our story, promote our concert, and take donations. Although he was turned down at several places, he kept going (that's just the kind of guy he is) until a grocery store said yes. We spent two Saturdays fundraising and some of our great friends joined us. Teresa came out and made custom flip flops for anyone who made a donation and a few musicians who were a part of our benefit concert came out to play some music. With everyone's help, we raised about $1000 each day we were out there. We felt so much support from the community and even had a nice lady give us a $100 bill. Thanks to everyone who came out and helped!!

Then came the big event!! Our benefit concert at Mercy Lounge. To say it went well would be an understatement. It was by far one of the best nights of our lives. It was much bigger and better than we thought it could be. Josh Garrett was the man behind the night. Thanks to his commitment to the event and desire to see it be a success, it far exceeded our expectations. The music was the best! So many artists and everyone was so awesome! There was literally a room full of great silent auction items that had been donated from our friends in the community. And everywhere we looked there was a familiar face sporting a t shirt with Kaiyin's name on the back. We were just overwhelmed! We raised a total of $5500 that night but more importantly we have pictures, video, and memories to share with our little girl about the night when everyone showed up to show her some love. :) Here are a few pics from the night. We were so lucky to have professional photographer, Heather Hicks from Rescue Photgraphy, come out and take pictures that night. We will post those pictures as soon as we get them. Thanks to everyone who came together and made this night an absolute dream. We love you all!