Monday, July 25, 2011

Light Up the Lanes & Ellie's news story

We couldn't have been more thrilled about how our Light Up the Lanes event went on July 12th. We had about 205 people in attendance, which was about two more times than we had planned for! In the end, we raised about $6500 for Ellie's Light. This money will go towards supporting families who have a critically ill child in the PICU and those who are experiencing the loss of a child. We are hoping to get memory pouches made in the next couple months!
Our event included bowling, a silent auction, raffle, photo booth and face painting. We had so many friends, family members and strangers at the event, and it was so great to hear so many people saying Ellie's name and looking at her pictures. A local radio station, 93X not only supported us with many silent auction and raffle items, but advertised Light Up the Lanes on radio. Also, a news reporter from KSTP, our local news station, came to our house and interviewed Dave and I, and then came to the event. Ellie's story aired later that night on the 10pm news... Here is a link to the story:

Supreme Images Photography was nice enough to take pictures of our event and run a photo booth for the guests. I got the pictures in the mail today and it nice to see what was going on while I was running around. Here some of the pictures from Supreme Images and some that I took...

Silent Auction Items
Raffle Items
Information about Ellie's Light Projects and a poster of Ellie's pictures
Individual Raffle Items
KSTP Channel 5 reporter Jennifer Griswold doing her story on our girl!
The Balloon Pop with the beautiful blocks for Ellie made by Natasha!
Missing our girl!
 Favors for the guests: Ellie Lights (candles) and Ellie's Little Cards of Joy (Pay it Forward Cards)
Court working hard!
Court and Lindsey!
Jenna (Noah's Mommy), Natasha (Aiden's Mommy) and Tiffany (Juju's Mommy)- so glad you girls were able to be at Ellie's event!
Ellie's Ma and Grams
Dan, Lo, Uutes and Dustin
The Menard's
Josh and Ang
My cousin Kaelin and her friends
The DeRoma's  

Tina, Mariah and their friends

We released all the balloons for Ellie at the end of the night!
Check out our facebook page for more pictures!

Thank you so, so much to everyone who donated to or attended our event! It means so much to us! Thank you!


B. Wilson said...


That looks spectacular. There isn't a doubt in my mind that your little girl is remembered and feeling ever-so-loved.

You're incredible parents. Thanks for sharing your heart with the rest of us.

B. Wilson said...

Just watched the video. I'm bawling. You guys are so wonderful.

Kelly said...

Amazing! You and all your loved ones rock!

LauraJane said...

BAWLING too. :) Such an inspirational family. And of course I love that large print of Ellie. xox

Deanna said...

what a beautiful day! I really hope I can be there next time. a wonderful celebration, for a wonderful girl. thank you for sharing these photos. hope to hear all about it, in person soon! hugs, my sweet friend!

crystal said...

I am so glad that you guys had a great turnout. Wish I didn't live so far away. I saw the interview on the news. Praying for you!!!

Natasha said...

Great pictures from a truly beautiful night! So glad I was able to participate in the event with you. Everything was just perfect for little miss Ellie!

Our family said...

OH how I wish I had known about The Light UP The Lanes event. We actually live in Lakeville! I'm new to Faces of Loss, Faces of Hope site, but not new to loss. We have 4 angel babies waiting for us in heaven. What you are doing with your grief is so encouraging and inspiring!

Natasha ~ So sad I missed getting to meet you in person ... will have to settle for enjoying your pictures and blog thru Illuminate :-)

Prayers and Blessings ~ HeatherDawn

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