We opened our backyard to our awesome community to have fun and raise funds for Ocean Cure to purchase such things as beach wheel chairs, adapted surfboards, and shade tents. To do this, we had a raffle with prizes from
But like I said, we wanted to have FUN too! So, we had our backyard set up with a 22' waterslide, a dunk tank and LIVE music by Bushwalla & Todd Carey.
Of course, keeping with my own personal commitments we made sure to create no trash by composting, recycling and using reusables. One thing that I set out to do with this party was to reuse glass jars that I had saved. So in lieu of disposable "red SOLO" cups, I cleaned over 100 glass jars to be used for sweet tea, homemade lemonade, beer or wine. When the fundraiser was over, I ran the jars through my dishwasher and they are currently tucked away in a closet to be used again!
So who exactly is Ocean Cure? Ocean Cure is a 501c3 non-profit that is dedicated to giving free surf lessons to medically fragile and at risk youth and adults. They believe in the powerful emotional and physical healing properties of the ocean and surfing. Having been on the sidelines watching their charity surf camps and volunteering for events such as Life Rolls On: They Will Surf Again... I can tell you that Ocean Cure changes lives.
And because we want to contribute to helping them change lives, we set out to have this fundraiser. It was an event that couldn't have been pulled off by my husband and myself alone. A community of people came together to help make it happen and we are extremely grateful to the outpouring of support received from our community-- near and far! Thanks to all of the support we received it was a huge success... not only were we able to raise over $1500 for Ocean Cure... we had loads of fun doing it! Yup, our first fundraiser was a huge success... we're so thankful to be part of such a giving community!
We can't wait to do it again next year!!
|Left to right: Danielle, Kevin (Ocean Cure founder), Chris (Ocean Cure founding member), Todd Carey, my husband, Bushwalla, Brandon & me :)|
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