Friday, August 29, 2008

Charlene Holbrook Benefit Auction and BBQ!

Last Saturday was the Benefit for Charlene Holbrook. It was a perfect day and one that will be unforgettable for many people.

This is Curt and Charlene. Charlene was diagnosed with breast cancer about a year ago and has gone through so much since. Ive known Charlene for about 4 years. I was her VT companion for a couple of years and she is a sweet friend to me. Her neighbor and good friend Monda decided to organize and put on a function to help raise money to offset the cost of the Holbrooks medical Bills. So glad she was inspired to do this. She took it first, to Bishop Clare who thrives on serving and has experience doing fundraisers. He and his wife are the kind that make things happen and serve quietly, thats why this is the only picture I have of Bishop and his son Jacob.

This is what dinner looked like and it taste even better than it looked.

Bill also enjoys putting on event like this and he hand his hand in everything. He helped with the pink balloons and all the signs (thanks to his sign guy!) He did get a little balloon happy, but it really made it look like a party! With him is Mike and he was the perfect person to do ALL the signs and bid sheets for the table. He was a quiet worker who happily got everything done super quick.

Cant forget all the McDowells who spent their Saturday morning blowing up balloons and taking them all over town putting them on signs to get the word out.

This is Super Shari. She organized everything donated - which towards the end became a little overwhelming, thanks to ALL the donations. She organized the live auction which ran without a hitch. She also did a great job of email advertising, on top of being Charlenes RS President.

This is Charlenes bishop. Bishop Hales and his wife were team member that did so much from helping with the food to making over 30 homemade aprons and prom dresses. I dont even want to count the hours there. Not to mention Shirleys amazing attitude and smile that keeps everyone feeling calm. Now she's what a bishops wife should be:-)

Bro. Poulsen Sr. is above starting the auction. It was so professional and very exciting to have a real auctioneer and then half way through he introduced his son Mark. Mark is our neighbor and I cant say enough about him and his family. They are definitely quite servers and great friends to our family. Not to mention - he is an awesome auctioneer! Did know he could do that, and his wife and girls where the ones who kept that auction moving perfectly!

Bill and Kelly were the MC's. They helped the auctioneer and announced winners of the silent auction. It was alot of fun - there were so many people you couldnt hear them well, but they gave the auctioneer time to get ready for the next item.

Above was one of the prints Mark Mabry donated. They were all a big hit and he was so generous to donate so many. It was a sweet story of how he learned about Charlene and willingly donated to her cause. Below are some of the dresses Shirley made - Kayla and Breea were a couple of the models.

Above and below are some of the team member that put the silent auctions on. Monda and Erica were our fearless leaders and they were a blast to work with - Monda was organized and you would have thought she had done this a dozen times. Erica was right there with her making sure every table had the right amount of items and would close smoothly, not to mention she made us look so Fancy with our shirts and beads. Monda and I are thinking of changing our names to Merica and Vonica - so we can be as classy as Erica. What do you say Yolanda? (thanks for the pictures too)
We felt so blessed to have such an amazing turn out and everyone was so generous with their bidding.

Some people got into the event more than others - thanks Val
Once again, I left another Benefit being renewed in the feeling of generosity and kindness. There was a huge turn out from our ward that doesnt even know her - heartwarming. And my old ward that I LOVE was right there in full force to show their love for the Holbrooks. I feel gratitude to know most of these people and call them my close friends. I am blessed. Thanks again to the Holbrooks for allowing us to do this for and with them. They were the inspiration and the reason for all this outpouring.


Audycamp said...

That is so neat!-seems like the benefit turned out really well. Charlene must feel so loved. and Im sure you put a lot of work into it too..Ms. Humble:) We weren't able to go but that list of auctioned items was amazing.I love that the community can come together like that for someone.

The Galvan Family said...

What an awesome post!!! I loved being there that night & taking part in helping their family. What a great way to get a community involved in helping a family take some burdens off their shoulders. Everyone did a wonderful job!! I love the picture of Val in his HOT apron!!

Angie Whitman said...

Great work on this! It was a super fun night! Did you ever see any carmel bars after this?

I am still hunting for those keys! I still am confused on where Jax hid them. So sorry! Thanks for taking little Jax under your families wing during church. He sure is friendly..I wonder if he'll go up to strangers when he's six and sit on their lap!:) He must feel the love. Danica & Brennon are really the cutest couple and I might want to adopt them.

Amy John said...

Hey, is the Bishop Clare that you speak of the father of Joe Clare, and he used to ( or maybe still does) teach math at Gilbert High?? If so, then he was one of my math teachers!

Erica said...

You failed to mention ALL of the tireless hours you and Bill put in! You guys have all the great connections! You have been great examples to all of us throughout this auction of service and constant giving of one's self! SO glad we got to laugh together and count it as service!
Your classy friend,


  • 4/12 Shayna - I said "I really want to buy that table but I dont know where I would put it" (been buying used furniture that I want to redo and its been cluttering up the garage. Shayna said in her sweet inocent voice "you can put it in the garage?"
  • 4/12 - Tessa "Mom, you know what I dont like about mornings? - the sun!"
  • 4/12 - Shayna got her braces a couple of weeks ago and her teeth are starting to go together and she said "Im gonna miss my gap" and she was seriously sad - she wont get to squirt water through her teeth.
  • 3/12 Breea again..... "Mom, I thought it was Lack toesintolerant and I was lacking the toesintolerant, until I read the label"
  • 3/12 Breea was talking about college and she said "In my siriculum (curriculum), I have to take physicology (psychology)"
  • 3/12 - Tessa said - I want to take the "long cut" (instead of the short cut)
  • 3/12 When tucking Shayna and Tessa in Shayna said "You dont have to worry, I set out all your clothes for school tomorrow" - Very Shayna
  • 11/10 When Kayla was little she should always cover her eyes when we went by a graveyard.
  • 4/10 Dont want to forget that Shayna calls the pools water fall a waderfoddle. She also called Aunt Kay, Uncle Kay??? McKenna got grandpa mixed up when she was little and called him "Bunka"
  • 3/10 For some reason, our family forgets the rules to Mexican rummy, shang hi and ALOT of card games, so last Sunday we just delt cards and everyone played whatever rule they wanted. The game lasted about 4 minutes, but we all won!
  • 2/10 I was going to work in Tessas class and she said "Mom, what if you mess up" and I told her I would try not to, but the next thing I know she is asking me if I will pray with her and ask Heavenly Father to help me not mess up. She prayed, and I didnt mess up! (all papers were copied a colated correctly)
  • 3/10 McKenna saying what she liked about Brennon on his Birthday "I like your style and your swager"
  • 12/09 Tessa went to the girls play and said "Willy wonka is hot"
  • 12/09 Kayla has a slight ring worm problem and if you try to hug her she says "OK, but your gonna get all wormy"
  • 12/09 Tessa has been adding Sophia in every prayer including the blessing and this is what she says "Please bless that Sophia will feel better in no time" and her blessing tonight was "Please bless that none of the kids singing on the truck will fall out" - Shes a great prayer
  • 12/09 Tessa said "Mom, I think Im on Santas Bad list" I said "probably not, why are you worried about it?" Tessa "I really dont like coal"
  • 02/09 I asked McKenna if she had taken a shower and she said "I took one, but it didnt work"
  • 11/08 Shayna said "I wish we could have quads like the Poulsens and Jensens, but were too unrich"
  • 10/08 I was bringing Breea home from school and she asked "Can I do my jobs tomorrow? I asked why and she said "If you were to take all the headaches in the world and put them together - thats my headache" DRAMA
  • 10/08 Tessa hands me the camera as we are walking out the door and says "You better take this in case I do something cute"
  • 9/08 Shayna was about 5 and she was giving dad a message and he said "thats a deep tissue message" she said "hold on" and left and came back with toilet paper and stuffed it down his shirt and said "I want to give you a deep tissue message"
  • 8/08 Tessa after hearing some of Kaylas guy friends talk has picked up a new saying "Girls are the devil" - nice.
  • 8/08 As I was carpooling I asked Bailee who she wanted to marry, she said Dallin. Shayna said "Well he is cute mom, no offense"
  • Kayla - She says almost on a daily basis "This will be the last time........" Whether its someone moving, leaving on a mission, the last two weeks before graduation, etc.....
  • Brennon - Whenever he does something he knows we dont like or accidently steps on a toe or runs into someone, he just puts his hand up, smiles and says "high five" You gotta love it
  • Danica - Classic saying "Asians are geneous's"
  • Tessa - 6/08 At the doctors office he was looking in her sore ear and noticed there was still a stitch left in her eyebrow and proceeded to take it out while I was holding her down. She screamed really loud, looked at the doctor and said "I am NOT loving this"
  • Shayna 4/08 She came running in the house, grabed a dress and started heading back out the door to go to Nathaniels baptism. I said "Hey, come back we have to do your hair" She said "No, I dont want to be pretty for Nathaniel" Sure enough, when Bailee and Taryn came over they had their hair perfectly curled, cutest dresses and their shoes matched their dresses (unlike Shaynas)
  • McKenna 4/08 - I had the best dream last night. Mom: What about? McKenna: Snickerdoodles.
  • McKenna and Brennon - 4/08 McKenna: I want to put light blue hightlights in my hair like Klowd 9 - Brennon: I want Lypo.
  • Breea - 4/08 (In a very dramatic manner) "My coach almost killed us today, a few of us threw up, some passed out, she wanted to kill us. I almost threw up."
  • Tessa - 4/08 Talking to Grandma said "The Easter Monster leaves me lipstick under my pillow"
  • Shayna = 4/08 Kayla called from a show but couldnt talk. She said she would call at intermission. Shayna heard me say this and said "Kaylas in her mission?"
  • McKenna - 4/08 "Mom your not fashionable, but you can grow into fashion. It just takes about a month"
  • Kayla - 4/08 Mom said "Its crazy how I have two batches of girls, the older set and the younger" Kayla - "Im glad we could be your test batch"
  • Tessa 4/08 "Brodey - Lets get this party started"
  • Shayna 3/08 I asked her what she did at the gym daycare center she said "I just cleaned things and organized them"
  • Breea 3/08 While saying a prayer at Grandma and Grandpa Hatchs, she says "Bless the Hatchs". Her grandparents were wondering if she even knew she was their granddaughter.
  • McKenna 2/08 Mom, dont buy meat or sugar, Im turning vetrenarian.
  • Tessa 2/08 Mom: Tessa, your such a good girl. Tessa: I dont say stupid or do bad sings.
  • Tessa 1/08 - She was getting chewed on by the puppy and she was half-laughing saying "Are you evil or not evil?"
  • Shayna (6 years old) - She was mesaging dads back and he said "little harder, I need a deep tissue rub" So she went into the bathroom and got a handfull of toilet paper and stuffed down his shirt (deep tissue)
  • Shayna, 11/12/07 Mom: Shayna, say your prayers and thank Heavenly Father for all your blessings. Shayna (super tired): Thats so much. Do I have to thank him for ALL of them right now?
  • Some of our favorite word to call each other when gas is passed: POOPER MCGOOPER, FARTER MCGARTER, FLUFFER MCGUFFER, CRAPPER MCGRAPPER, AND TOOTER MCGOOTER
  • Danica (2) Yepadottado
  • Tessa (3) "Mom, I luz you and you luz me - weez luverz"
  • Tessa (3) - "Youz fweekn naughty" Mom "Who taught you that?" Tess "yo mom" (Thanks older sisters)
  • Breea 3 years - We have lots of gerds in our famie.
  • Tessa 2 years - Yoooz funny!
  • Tessa would often take off her shoes at church and when we asked her why she kept taking them off she said "my feet are grumpy". I guess it was better than Shayna at that age not wearing underwear to church (many times) We finally had to start doing panty checks before church.
  • Tessa (3) thirteen, fourteen, five-teen
  • McKenna (10 in a couple of weeks) - Mom, please let me go in with you. Mom - why. Mckenna - I saw a sign that said "criminal on the loose" Mom - I promise not to go in, I'll just talk to her at the door. McKenna - Im gonna roll down my window and watch you *tears bubbling up in her eyes. Mom to friend - Is there a sign that says "criminal on the loose" in your neighborhood? Friend - No, just "crime watch" neighborhood sign.
  • Kip, Kip, Kurray!
  • Tessa said "Can you take my brain off" and I asked her why, and she said "Its really so tight" 8/9/07
  • "sorry your such a looser" *pointer finger used as a puppet - McKenna (5)
  • Grandma Guttery was showing Shayna (4) a picture of me pregnant with her and Grandma said "Thats you inside your mamas belly" and Shayna said "She ate me?"
  • I need some Wotion on my Weggs - Tessa 3
  • Guess what guys? If you put the milk back in the refrigerator it will stay cold. - Kayla 17
  • Kayla - 4/08 Mom said "Its crazy how I have two batches of girls, the older set and the younger" Kayla - "Im glad we could be your test batch"