Sunday, August 09, 2009

I scored at the Gala in the Gardens

Friday evening my husband and I attended the Gala in the Gardens fundraiser for the local Trails and Open Space Coalition with my writer friend Julia Allen (think vampires!) and her husband. It was an island-themed outdoor get-together, so I wore my prize-winning full-length muu-muu (sorry about the dash city here) that I trotted out for costume contest at the 2008 Left Coast Crime conference in Denver.

After lubricating ourselves with glasses of wine, Julia and I shopped 'til we dropped at the silent auction. I wound up "winning" four donated prizes. (Why do they call it winning when you have to pay for them, I want to know?) I got all four for below the estimated value, and I'm looking forward to enjoying them. Many thanks to the sponsors.

1. A bottle of cabernet sauvignon and a gift certificate to The Wine Store inColorado Springs,
2. The book Planet Earth (accompaniment to the TV series) as an early birthday gift for hubby,
3. A gift certificate to Concept Restaurants in Colorado Springs (Jose Muldoon's, MacKenzie's Chop House, Ritz Grill or Southside Johnny's), which I'll use for my birthday dinner,
4. A gift certificate for a Catered Romantic Dinner for Two from The Picnic Basket, that we'll use for our anniversary celebration.

Thus from one celebration came the seeds for many more!


Sheila Deeth said...

Oh wow! Nice winnings. That Planet Earth book - now there's a thought for a present for my hubby too.

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

That's like hitting the jackpot! Enjoy.