October was an absolutely crazy busy month, but a memorable and fantastic one.
I couldn’t be happier about our Second Annual Boo Bash and how much of a blast and success it was. The goal of Boo Bash was to entertain the adults in our community, inform them about Dysautonomia and raise money for our Hope Kits and upcoming social events – especially the second annual Anti-Prom coming in the spring of 2014.
Our “Haunted Casino Night” Boo Bash was held at the beautiful Multiplicity in Old Town Katy where owner, Susan Small, has been a much appreciated supporter of MHHA. The fun night started out with orchestra ensemble of WoodCreek Junior High students, directed by Bryanna Porter. Those teens were amazing and it meant so much that these teens took the time to help benefit teens living with debilitating chronic illnesses. Mike Eichenberger was our emcee again this year. His humor and great ad lib always makes our events fun! The dynamic band duo, Smokestack Sons, entertained our guests with their fun spin on many favorite songs. Saltgrass Restaurant provided an amazing dinner and their staff was impeccable! Creating Memories Cakes did a truly sinful dessert buffet – our guests were not left being hungry!
After our guests had a fun time playing casino games and shopping all the auction items, the exceptionally talented music artist, Rhonda Williams, performed a song from her cd, Audience of One, and was a part of the premiere of the Impact Video when she sang “Lean on Me”. Tiffany Daniel Photography provided a fun and much talked about photo booth for all to enjoy. Brett Perroux Photography helped to capture the overall event and once again, amazed us for his ability to capture the story of our event.
Many of our hidden teens and their families were also able to attend which was pretty awesome, some of them becoming great personal friends and others I had the great opportunity of meeting at the bash. It brought me joy to see them all laughing and having a great time, and their presence also brought awareness to our guests who either weren’t familiar with Dysautonomia or didn’t truly know the identity of a person with an invisible illness.
Due to my energy level taking a dive towards the end of the night, my mom spoke on my behalf to state what we all at Mik’s Hidden Hearts strives to do, and the reality of a teen who suffers from an invisible illness. In the middle of her speech, she asked for all of those who are suffering from an invisible illness to raise their hand and make themselves known.
Some people had a look of surprise as the person next to them or from across the table, raised their hand. (I had some guests come up to me afterwards and tell me that they had no idea that the person they had just met was actually one of the hidden or even knew that there was a good amount of people with an invisible illness there for that matter – they were surprised at how normal they looked.) A round of applause broke out suddenly for the hidden teens once they made themselves “visible”.
It was an incredible moment.
By the end of the evening, we raised our goal of $20,000! This will allow us to restock our inventory for Hope Kits, do more socials, and to cover the costs for all the hidden teens at the Anti Prom next year, just to name a few things. This wouldn’t be possible without all of our amazing sponsors and guests at the event who donated, I want to thank you all so much for your kindness and generosity. You are apart of the positive change we hope to bring to the lives of teens with chronic, hidden illnesses.
Thank you to our Gold Sponsors!
Spero Rehab http://www.sperorehab.com/
Knesek & Associates