Monday, September 15, 2014

October 4th - For the Love of Greg Come Join Us

grat·i·tude
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noun: gratitude
the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
"she expressed her gratitude to the committee for their support"
If I could write that in 6,594,284 sized font I would because I'm so humbled and very grateful to everybody that have made donations to Greg's mobility fun so far.  (If you'd like to know more about Greg's story, click here: http://designsbydawnmarie.blogspot.com/2014/08/helping-my-brother-in-his-fight-against.html) We're a little over half-way to where we need to be to continue the modifications Greg needs to stay safe at home.  The bathroom has been made handicap accessible now including a wider door, new sinks that are wall mounted and an ADA approved toilet and grab bars.  Operation Bathroom was an amazing success!
The front door was also replaced to accommodate the stairglide which is being built at a factory in Wisconsin as we speak.  We're anticipating a call to schedule installation in the next few weeks... which is perfect timing for the BIG EVENT we've been planning.

So I can finally tell you...we've organized a Spaghetti Dinner Benefit for my brother Greg.  The journey through fighting brain cancer has been an uphill battle.  And honestly, most of us would throw our hands up in the air in frustration!  NOT GREG!  Nope, he's a courageous fighter.  Just because he can't feel his feet isn't stopping him from riding his recumbent bicycle so he keeps his heart and lungs strong.  Seeing his courage through this journey and his humor that he infuses in everything makes coordinating this benefit for him an honor and a privilege! 

So here's the details:  For the Love of Greg Spaghetti Dinner Benefit
Saturday, October 4, 2014  11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
The Monte Carlo Room 
720 N. Wisconsin Street, Elkhorn, WI

It's a Badger Saturday, so we'll be televising the game on the big screen!  We'll have all you can eat spaghetti, salad, garlic bread and delicious desserts from the Elkhorn Pastry Shop.  Special thanks to Greg Kaplan for donating our desserts!

We'll have a silent auction with some amazing items!  WI sports fanatics... mark this date on your calendar... and be there!  We have an autographed Bo Ryan basketball!  We have an autographed football from the Big 10 dinner in 2013 with signatures from UW Alums Jared Abbrederis (now a Green Bay Packer) and Chris Borland (now a San Francisco 49er!) We'll have a show down between two amazing NFL team throws - which side loves Greg more... Chicago Bears fans or Green Bay Packer fans??  Time will tell!

UPDATE 9/19/14:  We JUST got an Autographed Green Bay Packers football with the entire 2013 team!!  

We'll also have silent auction items for the dog lover, a limited edition pheasant print and more!  

But even more than that, Saturday, October 4th will be a great time to come out, enjoy some laughter with Greg and know that your meal is truly making a difference in his life!  We've been blessed to be surrounded by amazing family and friends through this journey.  Through love and prayer, I can honestly say I feel so lifted up and cherished.

My family means the world to me, so being able to help Greg keep his mobility as his cancer wreaks havoc on his body, is my blessing as his big sister!  So here's the deal... you can buy tickets in advance for $12 or at the front door the day of the dinner ($15.)  And because we love family, anybody under 5 eats Free!    Advanced ticket sales will make big sister Dawn really happy, and will earn you an extra hug (because then we can give the Monte Carlo room a better count for how many fans Greg has!) :)

Tickets available beginning Wednesday, September 17th at the following local businesses:  


The Quilting Connection 21 Adams Street, Elkhorn
Soleil Caffe 56 W. Market Street, Elkhorn - FREE Tan with ticket purchase!
Keefe Real Estate 204 E. Commerce Court, Elkhorn
Keefe Real Estate 751 Geneva Parkway, Lake Geneva


Thank to to all the local businesses that are helping to spread the word and make this Spaghetti Dinner Benefit For the Love of Greg a Success.  It's what being part of a community is all about.  And I am so grateful to be surrounded by such an amazing community!

If you would like to help Greg's Mobility fund, but cannot be there on October 4th, we have also established an online fundraiser that would allow you to donate online at:  bit.ly/GregsFightAgainstBrainCancer 


And because we're still getting in so many amazing prizes for the silent auction, we've created a Facebook Page - For the Love of Greg to show you just what you can win... https://www.facebook.com/GregsFightAgainstBrainCancer

And did I mention you could win cash??  Yes, we're also doing a 50/50 raffle where YOU can WIN Ca$h!  And who doesn't like a little extra dough in their pocket? ;)

If you aren't local to us and would like to purchase advanced tickets, or you have any questions about silent auction donations, please email us at ForTheLoveofGreg@gmail.com and we'll make sure you get your advance tickets and answer your questions right away!

Thank you to all who have helped my family.  Each and every one of you has earned your angel wings and I am so deeply grateful and humbled to have you in my life!

Love & Light,
Dawn

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