I studied to be a historian. As a historian you study a lot of human tragedy, and every once in a while there are glimmers of hope in the world’s story. Those glimmers of hope, however, are few and far between. This past weekend I saw not only glimmers of hope but stars shining on our estate.
One of our employees, Tracy, was diagnosed with breast cancer a couple months ago. Now she is not only raising her kids, going to work and living her best life, she is also undergoing chemo and fighting off this nasty disease. Hauser Estate, along with Tracy’s friends (a special shout out to Andrea!) and new employer Zales, decided to hold a fundraiser for her on Friday, January 19. I want to quickly express my thanks and gratitude to everyone who helped Tracy.
First to our staff. The staff at Hauser Estate all donated their time and tips. This was their idea. They helped set up, got donations, worked a very busy event and showed me how awesome people can be. DeAnn donated her Mexican vacation, Andrea gathered silent auction items, Tracy R and Melisa made baskets, Hannah Hauser put her talents to use creating the baskets, and Judy and Gina were there on Friday afternoon to help Crystal set up. We even had our former employee, the generous Julie (who is now a flight attendant) bake cupcakes and cookies. David and his amazing wife, Katherine, Julie, Melisa, Judy, Tracy, Nina, Andrea and Julie all worked. And thanks to Crystal, our manager, who organized every detail. You all are amazing.
We had so much help from our regular customers and Tracy’s friends and family. Dru and Tim were up all day and night setting up. Kim helped with the silent auction. Jae and Robyn, who just happened to stop in, stayed and helped. Many of our regulars were up to support Tracy because she has had an impact on their lives. Not only were they up on Friday, however, they have been putting money in the pink boot for weeks! Tracy’s daughter Kaylee and her friend Annalise also helped work the event. Sweet kids.
Truly Unruly , a wonderful band, donated their time to entertain and entertain they did! Thank you, Lance, Gary, Robert and Saskia. Sweet Hog Farm, came up and donated their proceeds to Tracy. Thank you Steve and Jen. Please follow the links and go listen to them and eat their food!
Jen Comer not only helped to set up but brought some fabulous items from Zales. Thank you Jen! I have listed below all the donations that we received from business and individuals. Please visit these businesses. They didn’t have to give, they chose to give.
And of course, thanks to everyone who came and bought a drink, put a couple bucks (or a lot of bucks) in the boot, and bid on items. Throughout the night, Tracy mentioned how overwhelmed she was for all the support from friends and strangers. It really was amazing.
That glimmer of hope that we so seldom see, turned into a big bright beam of light and goodness because of everyone’s help on Friday. Cheers to Tracy, her family and her giving the boot to cancer!
Our silent auction donations came from:
(Please forgive me if I have forgotten anyone.)
Kim and Jeff Brookens
Glass Designs by Janice and Michelle
If you didn’t get to attend and want to give, visit Tracy’s GoFundMe page.
Check out our Facebook page for all the photos. We will be adding more soon!