Felix and Fingers recently dueled at a Harvesting Hope pediatric fundraiser, which was held to raise money for the Pediatric Resource Center. This particular fundraiser’s earnings supported the initiative to find and help abused and neglected children. The Pediatric Resource Center is a community service program through the University of Illinois’ College of Medicine. They host events like this one to help children who are in need of medical care, specifically relating to abuse and neglect. For more information, please click here.
Harvesting Hope Pediatric Fundraiser
The planners for the Harvesting Hope pediatric fundraiser did a fabulous job setting up the fundraiser. The simple decorations were tasteful, and everyone had a clear idea of what was planned for the evening. We thought it was smart to have two large signs announcing when each part of the fundraiser was and what food would be served. The technology was top of the line in this conference space, and the planners utilized it well with fun lighting, creative PowerPoint presentations and a good sound system for our duelers. In addition, the planners even had requests set up for us to play for each item auctioned. For example, when the guests bid on the island getaway, we played Kokomo by the Beach Boys.
The fundraiser portion of the night included a heads or tails game, a paddle race and a live auction. Guests loved the games! One of our players participated in the heads or tails game for $20, and at the end of the night we had made $500 in tips, which we donated right back to the fundraiser.
Appetizers and Sing Alongs
Throughout the evening the hosts invited guests to appetizer stations instead of a buffet. These stations consisted of all different types of food and made for no lines. The guests especially loved the doughnut station! Mark, one of the cooks for the event, shyly admitted it was his birthday, so we sang Happy Birthday to him during our soundcheck. We were told that the guests have been enjoying his food for over 20 years.
Once all parts of the Harvesting Hope pediatric fundraiser were over, a s’mores bar and the dance floor opened. Guests enjoyed singing and dancing. The energy in the room skyrocketed when we played Shoop by Salt and Peppa. Our favorite part of the night was when the room divided in half to sing the “Galileo, Galileo” portion of Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. The lively guests requested all sorts of songs, and we got to every single one of them. It was a successful fundraiser and enjoyable night for all involved. We wish the Pediatric Resource Center good fortune as they support children from abusive homes and thank them for inviting us to be a part of this fundraiser.
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