Spring Has Arrived!

Hello friends and family,

We have a lot of exciting things to talk about. I’ll break it down like this:

First, we are starting up the Lawrence South Park cleaning project again this year. We had a lot of fun doing this last year and it was a great excuse to get some exercise, be with some friends and visit a park! The plan is to do the cleaning every 3rd Saturday of the month from April to October. So, that would make April 17th the first date. If you’d love to get out of the house for an hour, come on by Lawrence’s South Park at 9 am that Saturday. We will provide gloves and bags. We’ve entertained the idea of bringing donuts, but since this is a park-cleaning deal, we didn’t know if mixing food was a good idea. haha (Parking: park on the north west part of the park on E North Park St. The spots are now metered so bring some coins. See you there!!

Second, we are now officially having a 1st Annual Isabelle Ellis Memorial Golf Benefit this year! Whether you like to play golf or not, join us on June 16th from 1-8 pm (Golf from 1-5 and Dinner/Auction from 6-8). I will be posting all the details soon, so start thinking about a team. We are partnering with a Kansas City Charity called Gift of Life, whose mission is to spread awareness about organ donation. They do so many great things for the community, it’s amazing. The event will run all afternoon and end with a great dinner and silent auction event. So, if you don’t golf, join us for dinner! Mark your calendar for June 16th! More info to come.

Third, the website retool has taken longer than expected. Thus, the new bracelet sale page is not up yet. We have 100’s of bracelets for sale and we’ll be selling them online soon so hang in there! If you want to help us sell, please contact us using the contacts page, we’ll definitely take any volunteers. It makes for a great community project!

Next, we’ll be attending Cooper’s Cause Bowl-A-Thon on April 10th from 1-2 pm. If you feel like you want to join us, let us know, if not, I am sure they’ll love to see you regardless. Head over to this site to check out the details: http://www.cooperscause.com/bowl-a-thon-2010.html. Cooper’s Cause helped us during our hospital stay in KC and they are a great cause for the Lawrence Community.

Fifth, our 1st annual Isabelle Ellis Memorial Scholarship at Children’s Mercy is off to a great start. We have many applicants to choose from and we’ll be selecting a lucky nurse very soon. Then we’ll get to present a check to that special nurse at a wonderful lunch event at the hospital. It’s a great way to remember Isabelle, help the nursing community and to give back. The $500 scholarship will go towards tuition and/or books. We’re very excited!

Also, Gift of Life has a really great event coming up! It’s call Go See Do and it looks like a TON of fun. Per the site:

GoSeeDoKC is a unique fundraising event for Gift of Life that you won’t want to miss!  It all takes place on a saturday afternoon. Guests select from one of ten tours that take you behind the scenes at some of Kansas City’s most unique venues followed by a celebration and auction at Starlight Theatre’s Helzberg Diamonds’ VIP Club. All tours begin at 1 pm and the celebration starts at 3 pm…..or as soon as you get there!

Link: http://www.giftdonor.org/Goseedokctours2010.htm

I highly encourage you to hop on into this event. Isabelle’s HOPE charity’s mission is about giving back to the community, raising awareness of heart defects & disease and about advocating for organ donation. Gift of Life is such an amazing charity that really hits a home run regarding the advocating for organ donation. We are so happy to be involved with them and we can’t say how important it is to show support for this organization. Naturally, we’re looking at the #1 event: Chocolate! Isabelle loved, loved, loved chocolate and so does her father. :)

Finally, we want to thank everyone for their continued support. Thanks to all those who made such loving, caring donations of time and money to us. We plan to put every dollar to use as a part of our mission. We’re managing right now with a very low overhead so that means maximum effect for your donations!

We’re so happy that Spring has arrived and we’re very excited about all the activities this year. Please keep watching for our next update and reminders about these great events.

Warmest regards,

With love,

Chris, Amanda, ^Isabelle^, Elorah and Big Ben

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