Saturday, January 17, 2009

Lupus Awards Luncheon

So, many of you may remember my donation request for Walk for Lupus Now LA. Well, were invited for the awards luncheon that was held at CPK in Lakewood. It was great to be there and see other walkers and supporters.
%20class=">An LFA (Lupus Foundation of America) representative from Chicago flew out for the award presentation. Walk for Lupus Now LA raised over $204,000 dollars!
A large group of us gathered at the Lakewood California Pizza Kitchen for free food (thanks CPK!) and awards. Dan with CPK was gracious enough to donate all the food for the luncheon. Thank you soooo much Dan!

The highlight of the event had to be when our Team was presented with an award for our fundraising efforts. We were one of the top teams to earn this award. I can't tell you how happy this made me. I was already emotional from an e-mail that was read from another Lupus girl who was choosen to be part of the Ad Council (this is GREAT news), a personal experience of life with Lupus, then the announced our name and the award. I wasn't expecting that at all. I kept thinking of all the e-mails I sent out, the people I bugged for donations, and all the effort we're making for the loved one we lost to the disease. All that effort made it worth it in that very moment. We were surrounded by so many other people who are affected by the disease and are out for cure and to rise awareness of this disease. Hana accepting the team award (a cute little purple Chuck Taylor!).
Troop ET, for being one of the top teams to earn the most money! Thanks again guys for your support! You don't know how much it means to us! Not to mention the LFA and others who are benefiting from the awareness and research for a cure! We're all winners!!! Haha and I with the LFA representative.
Also, the dates for this years walk are out. It'll be the same place this year for LA on September 12, 2009 in Exposition Park (USC campus), LA, CA. And in the OC @ Hidden Valley on June 6th. I'm only walking the LA walk but just emailed someone about volunteering for the OC walk! It'll be our 1st walk down here. So sign up!

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