You can imagine the shock when I saw this incredible tribute to Ty and the TLC Foundation on the front page of The Journal News!
It is a wonderful article, and the video posted to lohud.com is perfect http://lohud.us/19NpAyQ. It really tells our story with a sense of kindness, compassion and familiarity. I am so grateful to Marcela and Seth. Marcela, for taking the time to truly understand the scope of what we are doing at the TLC Foundation and why we are doing it, and to Seth - who was with us back in September and so very compassionate - for pulling together a fitting video that shows how much he cares about all we have been through. The article was trending as the most popular story on the site all day!!
With only three days until the Mess Fest, my excitement (aka STRESS) has been through the roof!! I am just so happy that this is all coming together. I look around the office at all of the signs and the boxes and the TOYS and I can't believe it's actually happening. Everything I ever wanted to do for Ty is represented in this room. But I couldn't do it without the amazing volunteers who have been with us from the start. Ali and Donna, Melissa and Tonya - what can I say? This event is just HUGE and you have left no stone unturned in making sure it runs perfectly. Mishel and Dana - the time you dedicated leading up to this speaks volumes. Jen, Jessica, Lisa, Kate and Marystella, your sponsorship pursuits were incredible. Christina, Paula, Lauren, Laura and Tyrene - without your ideas, design skills, dedication and follow-through this never would have come together so successfully. And to the 80 volunteers who will be dedicating their time throughout the day - all I can say is "wow!" Thank you.
Last but not least, Karla and Ivan - for offering up Camp Kiwi - the greatest place on earth and a mecca for all things fun - and for working so hard to sure it all runs smoothly. I can't wait for all of you to see it.
Then there is this outrageous, mile-long list of incredible sponsors. Whose generosity is truly humbling, to say the least:
RFR Holdings, LLC
Jones Lang LaSalle
Garon Fence Co., and Bedford Iron Works
Avanti Custom Remodeling (this is the same group that fixed up my office!!)
Red Mills Pub
Attorney's Title Insurance Agency, Inc.
Eastern Jungle Gym/Best in Backyards
Elmsford Sheet Metal
Valley Pediatric Dentistry
South Side Sports Bar and Grille
Fiesta Mexicana/Las Mananitas
Pawling Quick Stop
Laurie Spens Photography
THIS LIST IS UNBELIEVABLE, ISN'T IT???? Thank you, thank you, thank you. All for you, Ty. This is going to be incredible. Before signing off, I want to share the last bit of news about the Mess Fest. A great friend and foundation member recently published a book that was written and illustrated by her and her children. It is probably the most beautiful story I have ever read. I hope you can pick up a copy at the Mess Fest :) The Adventures of SuperTy and Gavin tells the story of how SuperTy taught the entire world to be more appreciative and to find joy in the simple things in life. The real SuperTy certainly did just that, and this book is the greatest tribute.