So we had more than a busy weekend preparing for our event, hammering out the details, and finally throwing the First Annual Bowling for Wishes event. Our day started at about 1 o’clock on Saturday when we started our drive down to Warwick. We met up with Chris at his house and began putting together the gift baskets which we wanted to give away as raffle prizes. We organized the prizes in a manner that we thought would make the most sense to be put together and gave the baskets creative names, but we weren’t even close to done yet. Then we went to the dollar store with Chris to pick out decorations, another couple baskets, along with glow sticks and other essentials for the event. We also went on a mission to find stamps, raffle tickets, and cellophane to wrap the baskets which was actually harder to find than anyone expected. After we got all of the essentials we went to Chris’s shop to use his supplies and tools to put together the sponsorship boards and the raffle prizes board. We each had our own tasks such as typing what needed to be printed, cutting the pieces of paper, gluing the pieces to the poster board, and laminating flyers. Everything ended up looking great, but once again we were amazed by how much time was consumed. Through all of this we made jokes, talked about the event, and generally had a good time. When we finished at the shop, we went to Chris’s house again, put the finishing touches on the baskets and then ordered a feast of pizzas from one of our sponsors. All in all, a good, fun, and productive day.
The next day we left for Warwick at 10:45 to pick up balloons for the event and gift cards for Chris and Dana. We then went to Chris’s house to pick up the rest of the decorations and gift baskets we needed. We then went to bowling alley and put up those decorations. This included putting paper up on the glass doors to block the daylight, making a few last minute signs, hanging balloons at the entrances, setting up tables for the raffle and DJ, and speaking with the employees of the bowling alley so we could have the entire operation run smoothly.
Once the event started, time really began to fly. People seemed to show up all at once buying their lanes and raffle tickets. This time went by like a blur. We did give away prizes for certain bowling competitions, we did an interview with a local newspaper, took pictures, attempted to video tape the important parts of the event and everyone seemed to have a fun time. We did the raffle towards the end of the event and I think the prizes we had were definitely something the people at the event wanted. After the raffle we had about another half hour of bowling and then cleaned up all the decorations we had put up and went out with our group for a Rhode Island specialty. Hot wieners all the way, mousetraps, and coffee milk. We went with Chris, his family, and some of the guys he works with at Tech 911 and had a good time with them.
Finishing the event has a bittersweet feeling. We worked really hard and put a lot hours into this event so we are all delighted that it was a success, but at the same time now its over. We all agreed to keep in touch and I look forward to seeing everyone again in the future. It’s not goodbye, it’s I’ll see you later.