Our fundraising goal this year was $3700 so that we could reach raising $20,000 for LLS with Team Ava over the past 3 years we have held the walk. And I am very happy to say that thanks to all of our amazing Team Ava LLS team member fundraisers this year and to everyone who donated and our fundraiser that was held at Blackfinn – Ameripub in Merrifield, we well surpassed our initial fundraising goal of $3700 and we raised – $5000.25!!!! Making our grand total of fundraising over the past 3 years for Team Ava and LLS at $21,352.99!!!!!
I need to say a very special thank you to Michelle Resnick who is the Marketing and Sales Manager at Blackfinn – Ameripub in Merrifield. Without her we would not of met our goal. I first met Michelle and the wonderful team at Blackfinn a few months ago. They held another fundraiser for an amazing childhood cancer organization – St. Baldricks. She contacted me and asked me if Ava would be the honored St. Baldricks hero for the night. Of course we said yes. We have never been or heard of the Blackfinn establishment before or have been there until the night of the St. Baldricks fundraising event. The fundraiser was nothing short of amazing, local firemen coming by to show their support for Ava and St. Baldricks, Firemen band bag pipes, random people signing up to shave their heads or beards off, and meeting the most generous and kind-hearted staff at Blackfinn including Michelle. You can read more about that fundraiser here: St. Baldricks Event
I then approached Michelle about a month later letting her know that we have another fundraiser coming up and explained what it was about for Team Ava and LLS. There was no hesitation to help us with our fundraiser. In less than a week to go before the LLS LTN Team Ava walk, she managed to go to businesses and obtain amazing silent auction items for our fundraiser!! The night of the fundraiser was a huge success yet again! Our good friends that we met from the first fundraiser from Firestation 30 were there to support Team Ava again, as well as many friends and random people. That night we raised over $1200 in 3 hours thanks to the amazing work of Michelle and the folks at Blackfinn.
I can say through these past 2 fundraising events at Blackfinn, we have met some amazing genuine and kind-hearted people (that is very rare in this day and age), and I have made some very good friends.
If you have not been to Blackfinn – Ameripub in Merrifield, I strongly suggest going as the atmosphere, food and drinks, and most importantly the people are outstanding. Not to mention they hold some really good parties and events! Thank you again Michelle and Blackfinn for helping us reach our LLS Team Ava goal for 2014!! We look forward to our future events with you all, and friendships.