Armed in neon green plastic rolls of table covers, 200 table settings, 30+ raffle items and well over 1,000 sweets and 30 or more volunteers for the evening, the 2nd annual Bloomin Bunco took place at Neubert Elementary to help raise money for the Algonquin – Lake in the Hills Interfaith Food Pantry. Two hundred smiling faces enjoyed an evening of mindless dice rolling while cheering senselessly when they rolled “bunco”.
According to Carol Platt, the chairwoman of the event, they exceeded their money raising goal by about $200. The team for the evening’s event just worked tirelessly over the last few months. The raffle prizes were OUTSTANDING!!!!! One of the committee ladies went to garage sales all last year collecting baskets for the event. Now THAT’s a volunteer who loves her mission.
Carol and her team were heralded at the event with a standing ovation. Her endless energy to inspire others to help in our community makes where we live a better place.
You’ll note everyone talks about the sweets. This year was NO exception. Terri Baker made chocolate delights – chocolate covered strawberries, chocolate truffles, peanut butter bars and my favorite the cherries covered in layers of excess chocolate. This year we calculated three to four pieces per person and we were spot on. My friends Jeanie Hookom and Lynne Grunthaner are the grand dames of visual display. They have a gift when it comes to decorating. Their artistry shows in how they decorate their cookies, set the table or decorate their homes. We usually forgo dessert but our event gives people permission to indulge.
Sugar Hills donated several trays of beautiful sweets. Everything else was made in our kitchens. There were homemade cream puffs, 200 sugar cookies, chocolate raspberry bars, passion salad, low fat lime cheese cake, fruit kabobs and all of Terri Bakers fine chocolates. Jeannie promised me her recipe for the passion salad because it’s really good.
The colors were green and blue this year. It looked lovely. See’s candy, Oh My Gosh, we had a 1 pound box on every table! They donated ALL those candies plus more to give away. You could hear squeals when that was announced along with maternal commands of, “Are you sharing that box of chocolates!”
Many of the participants were District 300 employees. No kidding. Several schools were present as teams even Saint Margaret Mary was present.
I can’t say enough about the Bunco Cabana Boys who worked non-stop to provide drinks and sell tickets all evening. They were the “Vanna Whites” of the raffle by show casing the item and delivering it to their happy recipient. They all looked spectacular in their aprons.
And I just bet you’re wondering WHO won the MISS MARY bag. Well here she is Nancy Blackman – Hey Nancy! Look at the smile on her face! Nancy serves on the District 300 Foundation – I use to serve on the Foundation. SMALL WORLD Nancy!
This goes to show you how vital the Pantry is to our community and the faith based partners. Their belief is rooted in the Second Testament:
Matthew 25:34-40 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’”
It was a delightful evening filled with friends and old PTO buddies. Next year we need a larger venue so more of you can join us!