Friday Nov 13, 2009 we hosted our first ever movie night at Coquitlam River Elementary school. This event was to commemorate what would have been Gaby’s 10th birthday. Guy and I always wanted to do a movie fundraiser since Gaby loved movies and her last birthday party was at the movies…so it was quite fitting we do this fundraiser.
We had Olympic Torch Bearer, Stephen Unser, at the event with the Olympic Torch. What an honor to have a piece of history at our event! Thank you Stephen!!
Luscious Creations donated the little purple (banana/strawberry) and yellow (amaretto) cupcakes and we thank them for their support! They were really yummy and addictive!
We also would like to thank Mr. Mah, CRE principal & Linda the caretaker for putting up with us.
It was a great event overall but it was not without glitches. The main glitch was all about popcorn. Read on…
We borrowed a popcorn maker and had a plan to start making popcorn early to have lots made before the masses arrived. I plugged in the popcorn maker and went off to find Guy, who is our popcorn master! I always burn the popcorn, so I try to stay away from making it! Guy went in to start making the popcorn and turned on the machine, there was a little “POP” and a flash. It caught the corner of my eye from a few feet away and I came closer to see what was going on. Guy was a little perplexed with the noise, but having seen nothing else after that decided to turn the next switch…well…let’s just say “POP, POP, POP” (and no I’m not talking popcorn)…sparks were flying every which way and we could actually see a flame!!! Guy was trying to turn it off without getting electrocuted and Jessica and I were ducking for cover! After what seemed like forever (4 seconds!!) the machine was off and unplugged….but now what would we do for popcorn! AHHHH!!!! Back up? Back up? UH, no….what do we do now? Guy got on the phone to the party rental place, Margaret got on the phone to Assumption church (who by the way does bingo Friday nights and uses their popcorn machine!). The party place just closed, 5 minutes before we called…Margaret pleaded our case to the church and then she was off to snatch the machine from the bingo players. Thank you Assumption Church and bingo players!!! You guys saved the night! Okay, so the other back up would have been microwave popcorn, but we are thankful we didn’t need to go that route.
Overall, a successful event. We had over 190 adults and kids sprawled over the gym floor with another 25 volunteers at various stations throughout and we are so thankful for everyone who came out last night in support of the foundation. We hope to do this one again…hmmm what will the next movie be…