Updated 12:50 p.m. – Someone asked, and yes, the link to make donations is still live if anyone wishes to contribute! Thanks!
I’m a little outside of my comfort zone, but I’m plowing forward. It’s for a good cause, and it’s good for me!
A friend and I, as well as the owner of the Sandstone, are organizing another benefit party for Joss. I made and printed up a bunch of fliers, and yesterday during lunch I pounded the pavement. I hit several bars/restaurants that we frequent, that all know Joss, asked to put the fliers in their windows, and asked for raffle item donations. Now, I don’t like approaching perfect strangers and asking them for stuff, but I found that it wasn’t too hard for me to do. I just kept Joss in the forefront of my mind, who is one of the bravest people I know. Everyone was very kind and helpful and positive, and I even got a raffle item donated right then and there from one of the establishments.
Joss also sent me a list of some key friends that she wanted specifically invited, many of whom are in the “industry” (bartenders/restaurateurs) and may be able to help out. I was thinking, oh, maybe a half-dozen or a dozen names. Ha! I forgot just how beloved this woman is. She sent me a list with fifty-five phone numbers on it, which is so awesome as to not be believed. However, that means I have to get a little more outside of my comfort zone, and cold-call all fifty-five people, most of whom I do not know.
Again, that’s okay! I’ve just finished number twelve (forty-four more to go!) and I’ve got a rhythm down for the messages I leave when they don’t pick up, or the conversations I have when they do.
We’re doing really well with the party planning – we’ve got eleven raffle items so far, and I’m hoping for more. I’m going to shop for the decorations, someone from the Sandstone is going to decorate, and we have live music lined up. I don’t think I’ll have the time this go-around to take the pictures, since I’ll be too busy helping to run the benefit party, but that’s okay. We got tons last time.
I’m kind of anxious about all of this, because I want a great turn-out and funds rolling in for Joss. But those things are out of my hands, and I AM handling those things that are within my hands. Joss is so darned upbeat about everything, even though she’s incredibly sick from the chemo and radiation, and is getting a double-mastectomy at the end of February.
She’s such a great friend, and a lovely person. Everybody loves her, and I just KNOW the sheer amount of positive energy flowing her way is helping!