Sunday, December 10, 2006

merry martini

As usual, I had a great time at Merry Martini. And I also had fun at the after party party at Kelly's. Which is maybe why I wasn't feeling all that great today....

The mounds of toys and canned goods seem to grow hugely every year and speak volumes of the generosity and spirit of giving to be found in our little community. Thanks again to the organizers, sponsors and workers for pulling this thing together year after year. And special thanks to the anonymous nice person(s) who keeps me on the guest list year after year ;-)

Now it is starting to feel like the holidays!

(Photo by Nancy Marsden)



Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is truly an exception fund-raiser. Unlike Sand Castle Days, Inc., several thousands were given to this event that drew few crowds, and minimal donations were made to local non-profits. One of the non-profits to receive a donation is a member of Sand Castle Days, Inc. Go figure.

9:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

amazing, a fundraiser that isn't advertised anywhere yet it seems to generate an awful lot of charity. guess its not how many people you know but who.

2:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lori told me a little of the history, which if I can remember right started about 10 years ago with a few folks who wanted to raise some cheer for needy kids before Christmas. Since that time the sponsors now number in the dozens and are quite well connected as you can quess.

It turns out that the food really does end up at some food banks, too. We inadvertently threw in a box of disposible contact lenses along with the presents 'n' canned goods and the folks over at the Methodist Church in PI called on Monday to give them back to us. According to the church volunteers Lori talked with, Port Isabel has one of the larger food bank operations in the Valley, with a larger network than even cities like Harlingen.

Thanks to all who helped.

5:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pedro - It's a private event, just like if you and some buddies gave a party at your house and asked for donations for charity. Government is not involved except in providing the facility.

It is by invitation only and those are usually from an anonymous source.

12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many dollars were donated when it was put on by the SOBs? just curious...........

12:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think the Merry Martini was ever put on by the SOB's.

The Merry Martini is a nice holiday event. I appreciate the time spent by the organizers and the money donated by the sponsors. It is my one time a year to get dressed up and see others dressed up. I think the organizers obviously work very hard and do a great job - there were stacks of food and gifts to be distributed to the community. It is definately a win/win situation.

Whatever it has to do with Sandcastle Days I have no clue. There are no parallels that I can see other than they are both Island events.

Thanks again to those involved in the Merry Martini.

7:41 PM  

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