Geoff's Blog: Throw a Party for Charity
Throw a Party for Charity
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This past Friday night I went to a cigar party called The Little Smoke. It started about four years ago with about fifteen guys. The gentleman who hosted the party is a listener and invited me to the event last October. He holds the event twice a year at his home. Itís in May or June in the summer and October in the fall.
Last October I was able to hook the "boys" up with two cigar sponsors: Tesa Cigars and Los Blancos Cigars. We had an amazing time. This year, the same two cigar vendors came and we added International House of Wine and Cheese to the event. They have a beautiful wine-cheese store and restaurant in Richmond, Illinois. We also added a couple of charities to the event.
Pizza4Patriots: This charity was started by Master Sergeant Mark Evans, who is raising money to send pizzas to our soldiers over in Iraq for the Fourth of July. DHL has donated a 747 and we are going to fill the whole plane up with pizzas for the troops. Our other charity was Mullenfoods.com. Mullen Foods is a company started by a disabled Chicago police veteran, Jim Mullen, who was shot in the face in 1995 and now lives in a wheelchair. He has come out with a recipe for delicious applesauce.
What a glorious night it was, and the weather was perfect. This is how life should be lived. Friends, food, cigars, and great music. Joey Privea, who does Sinatra and Dean Martin, was awesome. The nice thing is that each guy threw in a few bucks, had a blast, and we raised close to $2000 that will be spread amongst the charities. We even had a couple of the Evanston PD coppers come by to say hello and they took up a collection for $185. How cool is that? They are listeners who were on duty. Their commander let them stop by and they stayed for a while. This party was karma working its magic: giving, living, enjoying a beautiful night with friends.
We are going through some tough times right now, no doubt about it. Think about getting together and re-connecting with people, not "STUFF", in these times. A correction might be a good thing to make us wake up. Have a party, have everyone bring something, and think about a charity to help out. You will have a blast with your friends and when the night is over, you'll have some money to give back to someone. It takes a little time and effort, but itís well worth it.
So are you going to have a party for charity? Let me know.
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