Thursday, August 29, 2013

I Care I Cure I COOK!




Just wanted to share another great I Care I Cure Event!
If you live in South Florida or will be visiting there, get your tickets now!
They are going quickly!








We are thrilled to be joined by top chefs Norman Van Aken, Dena Marino, Max Santiago, Michael Moran and Vince Navarrete who will present an incredible and unique culinary and wine experience. Each will prepare, and teach how to prepare, a course you will dine on that same evening with an enhancing wine pairing for each of the courses. In addition, the event will begin with a specialty cocktail reception, many surprise features, and a silent and live auction. We will dine under the stars with a stunning view of the Miami skyline at the Skyline Terrace at the Marlins Park in Miami, Florida. We are very grateful to have such prominent chefs be willing to help us raise funds for the very important mission of I Care I Cure Childhood Cancer Foundation to fund research to find better, less toxic treatments for childhood cancer. We hope you will join us at this inaugural event beginning at 5:30 pm. There will be a limited number of tickets available for sale so we encourage you to purchase your tickets online and early!



Monday, August 19, 2013

Family "Fun" Raising!



After 13 days in Maine, we arrived home on Saturday night.
We had an exhausting, exhilarating, emotional, exciting, excellent adventure!

Before we even left Maine, our grandsons decided that they wanted to
have a Lemonade Stand to raise funds for I Care I Cure when we 
returned to Georgia so the planning began and we put all of the
plans into action today...with TWO Lemonade Stands!







We started at 10:30 this morning at Glenn's office with our first
Lemonade Stand.  Benji, Evan, Miles and Fletcher charmed the
staff and patients with their salesmanship and pouring skills!



We're all set and ready to serve up Lemonade, Iced Tea and Cookies! 





Benji, Evan and Miles getting ready for the crowd to arrive!





Benji was the lead salesman and explained to our customers what we
were doing and why I Care I Cure is so important to our family.
   





Benji and Fletcher take a break from the action





Sara, Evan and Miles say " Lemonade Stand" to smile for the camera.





Evan and Miles taste testing the cookies.....
They approve!





Pouring the drinks for the customers was fun for all.
Miles caught on quickly!





Evan took charge of the Iced Tea pouring here





Now a taste test of the lemonade by Evan :)





Miles makes sure that the lemonade is good enough to serve!





Pa, with Fletcher, takes a break from
work to watch the boys in action!







After 4 1/2 hours of serving and explaining I Care I Cure,
Benji and Evan took a technology break! 





Benji serves some friendly customers :)




We left the office at 1:40 and had plenty of lemonade, iced tea 
and cookies left so we invited friends and neighbors in our
condo building to stop by from 4-6 for the Benji and Evan
Lemonade Stand Part 2!



New venue, same yummy treats!





Evan and Benji....Service with a smile!





Evan is STILL doing "quality control" on our products





Benji preferred the Green Tea with Honey and Ginger






It's all about the presentation!




A little lemonade stand turned into two events today and a very
impressive "FUN" raising total of $500.00.

Thanks to Benji for the idea and to Evan, Miles, Fletcher and
Sara for helping to make it happen today!

A big thanks to all of the wonderful people who were so
sweet, patient and generous while visiting our Lemonade
Stands....some even just made a donation without taking 
a drink or a cookie.   They just wanted to help support the cause!







It's not too late to donate!
We are slowly edging toward our goal of $10,000 for this 
last segment of the ride.   I'll check on our total next week and 
do one more post to let you know how we are doing.
As always, thanks for your support and encouragement!












Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Finish....Fini! (Canada is Bilingual!)



We did it!  We traveled....



From Florida



To Maine







It is hard to believe that this journey that we began nearly 4 years ago has come to an end.

As in the past, in November 2009, Glenn decided to get on his bike to pedal for an important 
cause.  Since he first heard about it’s development, his goal had been to ride the full length 
of the East Coast Greenway.  The Greenway runs from Key West, Florida to Calais, Maine, 
approximately 2600 miles.   It seemed that he could combine his desire to do this bicycle ride 
with the worthwhile challenge of raising funds for a cause that is very special to our family.



All packed up and ready to leave our "home away from home" in Bar Harbor


On November 7, 2009, we departed from Key West, Florida and we reached Calais, Maine 
on August 12, 2013.  Yesterday was an exciting day for the whole family.  We departed our
rental house in Bar Harbor, Maine and drove the 2 3/4 hours to the outskirts of  
Calais, Maine caravan style to begin the last five miles of the ride.  

With Glenn and I were our kids and their families:
Jill, Shahak, Benji and Evan
Neil and Jerry
Seth, Sara, Miles and Fletcher

The surprise guests on this last day of the adventure were my sister, 
Laurie Beaty and nephew Sean, and friends, Don and Denise Stillwagon.







All "geared" up and ready to take off to ride the last 5 miles! 





The fun is about to begin! 





Miles, Seth and Jerry prepare to ride off!






Sara with Fletcher, Evan, Miles and Benji.
The cousins are set to cruise!





Sara and Fletcher drove a SAG (support and gear)
vehicle while Seth and Miles hit the road with PA





Jerry, Sean, and Laurie are ready to go while
Neil drove the second SAG vehicle!





Very cool tag-along bike seat for Benji makes 
Shahak's bike a bicycle built for two! 





Glenn has Evan along for company on this ride!
Shahak, Don and Sean are in the background.






And they are off!





Check out Jill's video of the five mile ride!






Waiting for the gang to arrive in downtown Calais
before they headed across the river to Canada!





Welcome to Calais!   Almost done....heading to Canada!





"The Machine" and Seth savor the moment as
they arrive in Calais after the last five miles!
FINISH!






Crossing the border into Canada!






Cousin Cuddles!






Welcome to St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada!
FINI!




The entire family enjoying the moment of arrival to 
Canada before our celebratory lunch!






Long time friends Denise and Don Stillwagon joined us
to finish the journey and helped with photography!






Lunch celebration!






Cheers!   Not only was today the final leg of the ride but
it was our 40th Wedding Anniversary! 
Thanks to Sharon and Joe for helping to make our lunch
at The Bistro on the Boulevard extra special!





The statistics for this entire journey are impressive!
Glenn rode 2538.39 miles over the course of 35 days!
The average number of miles per day was 72.52 miles
with 104.1 miles being the longest ride and the 5 miles 
yesterday was the shortest but most emotional leg!



Just for fun

I started a collection of interesting crossing signs:


Horse Crossing




Deer Crossing






"Dear" Crossing






Self Explanatory






Turtle and Duck Crossing?






And, mostly importantly,

BIKE CROSSING!



I hope to do one more post when we get home to add a few more interesting 
details and photos.   For now, thanks so much for your interest and 
support during this adventure!






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