WOW! We continue to be amazed at the outpouring of support from this wonderful community, and it couldn’t have been more evident on Saturday night! I know we say it every year, but this “Cool Night” was truly the biggest and best yet!
River Crest Country Club was absolutely transformed into a Mexican-inspired Cantina! From the cacti and colorful flowers, to serapes and sombreros, the atmosphere was set for a wonderful fiesta! Whether your favorite part was taking pictures in the photo booth with “Sweetie Pie,” our donkey, enjoying the tequila tasting and live mariachi band, or sampling delicacies from south of the border, I think the most exciting part of the evening was the Live Auction and “Make a Difference Moment!” Our amazing auctioneer, Luther, got the crowd going and auctioned off a variety of packages – everything from a trip to Banff to a BBQ Dinner with musical guest Sonny Burgess! Guests got busy raising their paddles and the excitement was contagious! After the auction, guests had the privilege of seeing the premier of our 2017 Impact Video, and afterwards, contributed to the biggest “Make a Difference Moment” in WARM Place history – raising over $33,000 in just a few minutes!
Overall, this “Cool Night” was another record-breaking year, raising a gross total of over $330,000 for grieving children and their families at The WARM Place!
While the fundraising, entertainment, and food were all wonderful, the most important thing of all is that hundreds of grieving children in our community can continue to receive our grief support services, at no cost to their families, all thanks to YOU! None of this would be possible without you, and for that we are so grateful! We sincerely hope everyone had a fun and memorable evening at the “Cantina,” but most importantly, we hope you left there feeling proud knowing that your support provides hope, encouragement, and love to children who are grieving the death of a loved one. Rest assured that children at The WARM Place never have to grieve alone.
On behalf of The WARM Place staff and Board of Directors and Cool Night Committee, we want to express our deepest gratitude to YOU for making The WARM Place annual fundraiser, A Cool Night, a total success! Whether you are an event sponsor, guest, volunteer, or faithful advocate of The WARM Place, THANK YOU!