Happy Heart Benefit
The comments were “awesome”, “unbelievable community spirit”, “it feels so good to live in such a caring community”, “first class event” at the Happy Heart Benefit held at the Swansboro Rotary Civic Center on November 3.
Suzanne Rush received her new heart on October 3. She is at home and returns to Duke every Monday for a checkup. As of the last checkup she is making good progress.
Many people had expressed a desire to help Suzanne and her family in some way and many of them were from out of town. A group of Suzanne’s friends got together and decided to organize a silent auction, with food and drinks, and a DJ; and to accept donations on Suzanne’s behalf. Gina McCarty (Jacksonville Orthodontist) was the lead and nine other friends joined in to help organize the event.
There were over 300 items donated, which filled up the entire Civic Center. They included gift certificates to local restaurants and business; many pictures from local artists and photographers; gift baskets and a wide array of individual items. Some of the larger items were two sets of orthodontic braces (valued at $5,000) each; a day on a 70 foot yacht with a captain (valued at $2,000); a crown for a tooth (valued at $1,000).
Several restaurants donated wine and food items and additional food was purchased to provide a wide range of food. Tickets were sold for $25 each and there were about 500 people in attendance. Suzanne and Frank attended the benefit for a short time to express their appreciation. To minimize the chance of getting an infection, Suzanne is supposed to stay away from crowds and of course she is still building strength after having three major surgeries in about 10 days.
There were many people/businesses, big and small that made the benefit a success. Way too many for me to mention and there were so many that I really don’t know who all of them were. All donations, big or small, were greatly appreciated. It was especially touching that several people with limited means made contributions when they could have used that money for their own well being.
A big THANK YOU goes out to all that had anything to do with the Happy Heart Benefit Fundraiser.
On another note, be sure to mark your calendars to be in Emerald Isle Saturday November 26 for the Emerald Isle Christmas Parade at 3 PM. I look forward to seeing you there.