This past Friday we had the Hope Gala to benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Charlotte.  I’m on the board and I also agreed to chair the auction for this event.  I was a little worried about asking people to donate items but it turned out to be an incredible experience.  I met so many wonderful, generous people willing to lend a hand.

We don’t really have time on Charlotte’s Morning News to thank everyone who helped, so I’m going to do it here.  I’d consider it a personal favor if you’d take the time to read this list.  These people really stepped up and helped make a difference.  Trust me, it’s not a cliche when it’s your kid you’re trying to help!

First, I have to say thanks to Abbey Willis, a JDRF staff member.  I was the auction chair but she did all the heavy lifting.  I’m only doing this again next year if Abbey comes with me!

Thanks to Joey Profeta at The Palm who donated dinner for two at that fabulous restaurant.  The person who won this item also gets their caricature on the wall, becoming part of that famous who’s who.

Thanks to the Carolina Panthers – and to Charlie Dayton who made this happen. They donated a football signed by Jake Delhomme along with an awesome experience.  Two people will get to go behind the scenes and on the sidelines with the team at training camp. 

Ruth’s Chris donated dinner for four with personal wine selection throughout dinner provided by Ashli Cohen, their special events coordinator.  Thanks, Ashli!

Diamonds Direct gave us a huge gift certificate and even gave me some spectacular jewelry to wear for the event!  Okay, I have to give it back, but it sure was fun!

Yay to my mom & dad for getting the folks at Trump National to donate a foursome at that spectacular golf course in NY. 

The Tinder Box donated a whole bunch of stuff including Jeff Katz Packs and Ballantyne Resort donated a night’s stay and a spa package (I want that!!)

My wonderful friend Karen donated a huge package of products from her HairColorExperts stores.

Izzy Justice gave us a ShortGame Bullseye golf system and here at WBT we auctioned off lunch with me and Al at 131 Main and our sister station WBTV gave us the chance to hang out with some of their on-air people, get a behind the scenes tour and watch a broadcast.

Those are just the items I procured myself – we had dozens of items and I think we raised more than $100,000 in the auction alone!  Thanks again to everyone – it was an incredible evening and we really helped the cause.