Wednesday, August 26, 2015

3rd part of our Pennsylvania Trip

The last part of our trip was Finley's event.  We have done an event in Connellsville for the lat 6 years, and this was the 5th year we have done something formal (the first year was a picnic in my parent's back yard).  We had a really great time.  This year we decided to sell tickets and do a golf ball drop where the winner would win $1000.  That was a HIT.  Who doesn't like a chance to win some cold hard cash!  And it was fun to watch the ball drop.

Here are the pictures from Finley's event:

My parent's faithful friends who have been with us for years and never miss helping us set up:

 They also like to clown around which I love:
 These geese stuck around during the event.  I think they were hoping for a hot dog:
 More of my parent's friends who helped us that day:
 Getting ready to sell basket raffle tickets:
 Someone should have told him that he could just dump the whole amount in there:
 Mat's sister, Jess and her husband, Tom did our facepainting and balloon animals:
 The baskets are always very popular:
 Arlington and Aunt Betty.  I love Aunt Betty's face - my guess is my mom just told her she needed to cut up 100 oranges and 10 watermelon:
 Finley swinging at the playground while we were setting up:

 Cainan on the playground:
 Mat and I discussing who was going to do the talking this year:
 The Orlando family are my parent's best friends.  They are amazing people who are there for us always:

 We had a woman volunteer to dress as a minion this year for the event.  She was a huge hit!
 Arlington and Mat's mom taking my niece Olive for a walk:
 My parent's neighbors (and one of our event sponsors)
 My niece Olive was not afraid:
 Loved seeing old high school friends and their kids:
 Finley and the Minion getting ready to start off the walk:
 My brother and sister-in-law and my nephews:
 My nephew, Jack, and my dad:
 Talking before the start of the walk:

 We all walked a full 5K and then came back for lunch:

 The bounce house is always one of our most favorite attractions:

 This is the young lady that took care of my gram when she got sick.  Since her passing in November, my mom and aunt have kept in contact with her.  I am glad she is still a part of our lives.  It was hard not having my grandma there this year, but I know she was watching us from Heaven:

 The two people on the right are my Godparents who have been like my own parents for the last 40 years.  I love them dearly.  Mary Louise wrapped every basket and made them beautiful.  Does it every year:

 The band was AMAZING.  Did an awesome job:
 Some of our young volunteers did hair braids and nails and hair feathers:
 Tom -the master of the balloon animals:
 Returning from the walk:

 Sharon was our photographer - she did a great job!
 My dad and my nephew Jack:

 4 of my favorite people:

 My sister in law does an amazing job painting the kid's faces:

 My Aunt Renee:

 My niece and nephew looking especially cute:

 Still smiling after 2 hours of helping little girls look pretty:

 Arlington getting a hug from her dad:
 Picking the basket raffle winners:

 I was so glad that my grandma's aide and her little girl won this beautiful dress that was hand made by Sue Stoner:
 Getting ready to drop the 1200 golf balls from the top of the fire truck ladder:

 Our County Commissioner was our official to find the winner:

 How do you pick up 1200 golf balls?  You bribe the kids with candy and treats:

 The winner of the golf ball drop.  He was very excited!  He in turn donated $300 back to our foundation:
 My parents with their grandparents:
 The Kovall side:

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm so happy the golf ball drop raised money :)

friend Shayla