Sunday, August 01, 2010
This is my sixth year heading the annual fundraiser for Abigayle Ministries. Each year, the smallest germ of an idea comes to me and the Lord develops it throughout the year into a theme. The themes have been fun to develop: one year was a cruise theme, then a black and white theme, aka Phantom of the Opera, a garden party, New York-New York, The Sound of Music. The words that came to me for this year's banquet were "The Impossible Dream". That fit the history of Abigayle, which was started literally as an impossible dream eleven years ago in the minds of the founders, Bill and Gloria Gross. Their burden to help pregnant women with troubled lives has blossomed into a full fledged ministry that grows each year.
Since "The Impossible Dream" song comes from Man of La Mancha, set in Spain, we used that as a decorating scheme. The tables were set with black napkins and red flowers. Jeff Wolf did a fantastic ice sculpture using a guitar with flowers embedded in it. We had a guitar player, Rick Matle play during the silent auction time. Rennie Kaufmann, our MC and entertainment serenaded us with Spanish songs. He sang "Dulcinea" and the "Impossible Dream". Tom and Sally Zito had created a fantastic DVD presentation, chronicling the story of a young woman thanking her mother for not aborting her because of her troubled pregnancy. It had us all in tears.
I already have an idea for next year's banquet. It came to me even before this banquet took place, the earliest ever. And I think it's going to be the best one yet!!!