Fin.

The energy I felt going into Bid weekend is hard to describe. On Friday night we all got together to practice our dance, and it felt like no matter how many Meet and Greets everyone went to, whether it was each event on the list, or only one, no matter how well we knew each other or we didn’t, we were all in it together. I felt a strong sense of unity and camaraderie that night. I had conversations with people I hadn’t seen since the first night at Divani, and I’m quite sure I chatted with a couple people I hadn’t met until that night. We all shared the nerves, the excitement, the anticipation. And when the Big Day finally arrived, I was blown away by how big the event was, and I felt a great honor to be involved.

The ballroom was giant and beautifully decorated, the Silent Auction tables were set up among a photo booth, hors d’oeuvres, and beautifully dressed people. The committee who put this event on knows a thing or two about how to throw a party. But it wasn’t just a party. The speakers and video clips brought majority of the room to tears that night, reminding us all that though this night was so enjoyable for all of us, there are still so many suffering with the very disease we are fundraising for, and that the work can never stop. That thought made me reflect on how generous and kind those who started FFCF are – that they were passionate and persistent enough to continue to give and coordinate and plan and execute – all to produce amazing, visible results for those in need. It’s completely inspiring.

I had the joy, honor, and horror of being the FIRST date auctioned. I remember chatting with other Bach’s about when we’d like to go – “maybe after the first five,” I’d said, “so I can see how it’s done before I’m up there.”

NOPE!

On stage, my legs were shaking, I could barely make out the crowd – either for the bright lights in my eyes or for my fear of making eye contact with those looking up at me. I don’t even remember hearing my favorite song that I’d chosen – it was like I’d blacked out. But suddenly I’m watching Casey point back and forth to those bidding on my package – his voice getting more excited with each comment. I couldn’t believe it! My package had sold! And I’d made someone happy that they’d get to go wine touring and sailing up north, but I also knew that that purchase would make someone who was sick happy in some way, too.

Date Package Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • VIP Tasting Tour for (6) people at Chateau Chantal Winery in Traverse City
  • Tasting for (2) at Two Lads Winery in Traverse City
  • Tour and tasting for (2) at Long Road Distillers
  • Nauti Cat Sailing Cruise for (2) people in Traverse City
    • Choice of any cruise
  • One (1) night stay at the Courtyard Marriott in Lansing, MI
  • VIP Night Out at the Intersection
    • Choice of (2) tickets to any concert between March 10 – September 30
    • Includes a table for two
  • (2) tickets to the Grand Rapids Symphony on April 13
  • $50 gift card to Anna’s House
  • $25 gift card to Mackinaw Brewing Company
  • $25 gift card to choice of Donkey Taqueria or The Winchester

Beyond the glitz and glamour, the fun and the happiness that night, the selfless, kind, and passionate people that I’d spent the past months among had come together to accomplish something great, and it felt great to be part of it.

See More Photos Here at Wood TV 8

See what I included in my package below.

Photo Credits to Wood TV 8

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