Saturday, January 21, 2012

2012 Gala Event


I can’t believe I almost forgot! One of my favorite events of the year is coming up at the end of February! It’s the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program’s 19th Annual Benefit Auction and Gala!!

 Once a year, all the minions who work for me at the RMRP change out of their grungy Carhartts and winter coats, and don dress shirts and elegant dresses. Then they all show up at the Hilton hotel for a night of food, bidding and high-brow socializing. Well, okay, it’s not that high-brow—after all, they’re still the kind of people who are willing to scrub bird poop off of walls.

And it’s not just RMRP minions, either. Hundreds of people from all over Colorado come to this event, all to support the RMRP’s work (and to have fun doing it!). There’s live music, a full catered dinner, and an inspirational presentation or two. And, most importantly, there are auction items!

There are usually a couple hundred silent auction items, ranging from art work, to services, to plane tickets. The auction happens in two phases: a silent portion, and a live portion. During the silent portion, the Humans tour the rooms full of auction items, frequently writing their number and bid on a piece of paper before moving on, all while chatting and socializing with the other bidders. The live auction is a whole different beast: all the guests are seated at tables, with the volunteers lining the walls, and the auctioneer (who is so funny, even the Owls chuckle) rattles off the most highly-coveted items of the year. The live auction can get pretty wild, with people jumping up out of their seats in excitement! 

Of course (and this is the most important part of the night) I’ll be there, along with many of my educational ambassador neighbors. We’ll be in attendance all night, and because of the fancy attire of our minions, we'll be looking even better than usual, too.

More information can be found here.

I hope to see you there! 

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