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Dinner with Chris

Last night we met with our partner Chris at a restaurant named Sophia’s.  Chris wanted to meet here because Sophia’s will be sponsoring our bowling event and he thought that we should check out the restaurant and try some of their food.  To be honest, the restaurant was delicious.  I think I speak for the team when I say that every bite was absolutely fantastic.  I personally could have continued to eat all night if I did not think I might have burst at the seams.  We did talk some business towards the beginning of the meeting especially about finding and talking to businesses that might be interested in sponsoring our event.  Chris gave us the truth and said this way was hands down going to be the toughest part of putting this event on.  He told to expect a lot of people to say no to us but not to give up hope because every sponsorship we do get is another one we did not have before and we are that much closer to helping a child’s wish come true.  He also gave us a few pointers such as which areas of Rhode Island are loaded with smaller businesses that are more likely to say yes and to make sure that we always ask to speak to a manager or an owner because they are the only ones who can say yes.  He also told us about a couple of businesses that have said yes in the past, although we are mostly on our own for the business we choose to ask to sponsor our cause.  The majority of our time was spent enjoying excellent food and even better company.  In the restaurant environment we all felt a little bit more free and shared a little more about ourselves.  We learned a lot about Chris and he had us in stitches for a large part of the time we were at the restaurant.  We have had our own team bonding experiences, but it was really fun to have a similar type of experience with our partner and to have such a good time doing it.  I think getting to know Chris better is an important aspect to what we are trying to accomplish because the closer we are with the people and the cause we are working for I think the more we are willing to sacrifice time and energy to do the very best we possibly can.  As a team we walked out of the restaurant more than appreciative of Chris for treating us to dinner, but also we all felt as if we had become more than just partners with him.  Now he is much more like a friend.  So the next thing for us to do is dedicate our time and energy going to these businesses and seeing if we can add a bunch more sponsors to our event and help further our cause.