Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Gold Rush AAR

Our Spouses and Community Club hosted its annual fundraiser on Saturday night. As always, it was a lot of fun and the culmination of A LOT of work.

We had dangerous criminals in jail:

And dancing girls, mostly pretty:

But of course for me, it's all about the horses. This was my third year of chairing the Run for the Gold, and I'm quite happy with how it turned out. We raised almost $2500 in the horse auction, which goes towards our Community Grants program. That's about what we grossed last year, but last year we had to buy the computer we gave away as a grand prize in the ensuing horse race, so that cut into our profits by several hundred dollars. This year it was donated, so everything we made is profit. Heck, I was excited the first year when we made $1200!

This year's stable was filled with lovely entries:

Fred and I bought "Beauty," the horse that is covered in cosmetics. Alas, Beauty let us down in the first qualifying race, but it was fun to be a part of the race anyway.

One sentimental favorite was "Prints." That's the black horse with the yellow spots. That horse was made by the Junior Red Cross, and those spots are thumbprints of children of soldiers deployed from Knox. Each deployed parent was represented on the base of the horse on tiny yellow ribbons. Prints brought in almost $300!!!

Two years later, and people were still talking about the horse I made our first year here. Jeez, glue a bunch of condoms to a wooden horse, and people never let you forget it. For those of you who missed it, meet "Sure Thing--The Trojan Horse":

Notice how his eye is the Trojan's head. Damn, I'm proud of that horse.

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