Friday, November 4, 2011

Peace, Love and Healing - Part Two

You'll remember that I recently sent out a plea asking my writer friends for autographed books for the silent auction being held at this event for our friend and neighbor Mary Anne Maier. Mary Anne was seriously injured in a car accident on July 19, leaving her with severe injuries that required fourteen surgeries and a lengthy stay at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.  She'll be going back to Baptist Medical next week for another surgery, with still more to come.  And I have to say - not many of us would be going through all this with the positive, upbeat manner that she is.  She is, without a doubt, my newest hero.

I promised you an update - so here 'tis ! !


The organizers are to be congratulated.  

And congratulated again.

And again!

WHAT a fantastic job they did.  I can't even begin to imagine the amount of work it took to get all this pulled together, and it was all done beautifully.

As promised, there was music,

Performances also included one of my all-time favorite entertainers - Boone's own incredible Melissa Reaves (who I did not get a picture of because we had to leave before her performance - waahh.  But, here's a video for your viewing and listening pleasure).

There was lots of good food -

a large turn-out of neighbors, family and friends - 

And a silent auction and door prizes. These photos are only a small sampling of what was donated to be auctioned -

The silent auction included books sent to me by:
Bronson L. Parker, Shelley Costa Bloomfield, Nancy Means Wright, Mark de Castrique, Bill Crider, Debra Ginsberg, Reed Farrel Coleman, Chris Grabenstein, Lillian Stewart Carl, Sandra Parshall, Jamie Freveletti, Meredith Cole, Alafair Burke, Clea Simon, Rosemary Stevens, Julie Hyzy, Jill McCorkle, Andrew Grant, Tasha Alexander, Beth Anderson, Megan Abbott, Gerry Ferris Finger, Jeffrey Marks, Alan Cook, Lisa Lutz, Denise Hamilton, Carl Brookins, Harley Jane Kozak, Joyce & Jim Lavene, Joanna Campbell Slan, Beth Hoffman and Vicki Lane.  I just know I've missed someone - forgive me!!!! My thanks to all of you, from the bottom of my heart.

I would have to say the event was a huge success.  My heartfelt thanks to all of you who helped either with a donation or with your thoughts and prayers.  

I do not know how much money was raised, but I don't think there was a single auction item that was not bid on, and the donation jar was looking awfully healthy when we left.

The spirit of community is alive and well - and it feels lovely.

you may have noticed.  There's not one picture of Mary Anne!!  Not one!   Except the one on the poster at the beginning of the blog.  Every picture I have of her from the benefit is only a piece of her - as she's being hugged by all of us wanting to wish her well.  I'm hoping someone out there has a picture of ALL of her so I can add it.  Anyone???


Unknown said...

Glad things went well, and all best wishes to Mary Anne!

Julie Hyzy said...

My best to Mary Anne. What a wonderful event. I'm happy to have been able to contribute, even if it was in a small way. Thanks for letting us be there with you, Kaye!

Lillian Stewart Carl said...

My best to you all, and especially to Mary Anne. (Oooh, those scarves, and the pottery....)

Sandra Parshall said...

Happy to hear it went so well! My best wishes to Mary Anne.

Joanna Campbell Slan said...

Thank you for the opportunity to do something for someone else. I was thrilled to be able to help in some small way--and my prayers and thoughts are with Mary Anne.

Meredith Cole said...

Happy to contribute something to the benefit--just wish I lived close enough to bid on some of those books (and other goodies).

Best wishes to Mary Anne.

Chris Grabenstein said...

I would like to make a bid on the food table, please.

jenny milchman said...

Wow, what a voice Melissa has. And what a spirit Mary Anne and also your whole community have. I am inspired to see it. You left out one important person, Kaye--yourself, who I know is the heart behind that gorgeous array of books, and probably a whole lot more besides.

My very best to Mary Anne for a speedy recovery. Please let me know what else would be helpful or needed...

LJ Roberts said...

How wonderful. I wish I'd known sooner and contributed books and crocheted scarves and bid on items in turn. How fortunate you, and Mary Anne are to live in such a wonderful and giving community. My best wishes to her and love to you.

Kaye Wilkinson Barley - Meanderings and Muses said...

Thanks for dropping by with all the sweet comments for Mary Anne. dang. She and Danny just left so I wasn't able to tell her about y'all being here, but I'll give her a call. You all know I'm on dial-up out here, and I'm not sure Mary Anne has internet access at their place.

You guys were all there with us in spirit, and you would have loved it. It's a wonderful place to live and this benefit helped us all remember why we're here, I think.

Chris - you made me hoot out loud. (The food was GREAT!).

Hugs, guys - Thanks Again! The books were truly a hit.


Peg Brantley said...

Wow. What a wonderful community you are blessed with! Both in Boone and in the writing world. And . . . I've been to Melissa Reaves's website . . . gonna go back now and buy one or two.

My best wishes and prayers for Mary Anne. What a special spirit she must have.

Thanks, Kaye!

Jill said...

LOVE the wonderful books that I won in the silent auction!!! Thanks to all of you wonderful folks that participated and are fabulous! What a wonderful community.

Beth Hoffman said...

What a fabulous and successful event! I'm so honored that I could be a part of it ... CeeCee and Oletta are too!

xo ~ Beth