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Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2017

Posted on May 14, 2017 by under Events.    

Here are some pictures from Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2017 at the Alley.

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Here’s a picture of our fundraising/bowling team, Power Strikes, with our team captain Faith. Our team consisted of Faith, Alex, Alicia, Mike, and me. Mike couldn’t make it that day; thus, he is missing from the photo.

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Tammie, who is someone I usually solicit for a donation actually participated in the fundraising action this year. She and her husband Leo were on the El Dorado Service Center team.

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Here’s a selfie of me and Sherii. She was on the same team as Lila, Kristen, Dorian, Reed, and Dylan. I had some serious team name envy with these guys because Lila came up with such a clever team name for them. They were the Alley Gators.

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Here’s a selfie of me and Alex.

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And another one with Alicia’s boyfriend Andrew who was Alex’ proxy.

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Here’s a photo of Josh and Brian. Josh bowled with the Bowling Stones. We let Brian bowl with us since Mike couldn’t make it.

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Faith was the winningest team captain in more ways than one. She actually won one of the fundraising raffles.

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Lucky for Alicia, Faith doesn’t like wine, so Alicia went home with the wine bottles.

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We got to bowl next to the Pink Ladies (Misty’s team). I didn’t take as many pictures this year as previous years because I actually tried to bowl. LOL.

We had a fabulous turnout this year. Last year we broke participation records when we had had 17 teams participate in the fundraising effort. This year we actually had 20 teams! We even had a couple of people who captained two bowling teams. Stacy Jones and Sam Salas both had two teams each.

We had employees from various areas of the company participate – El Dorado Service Center, Newton Service Center, Ark City Service Center, Substation Generation, Distribution System Operation, Customer Relations Center, Commercial & Industrial/Key Accounts, Customer Programs & Services, Real Estate, Operations, Corporate Communications, Revenue Assurance, Community Relations, Design, Network, Customer Field Services, and Wichita Line were all represented. It was wonderful to see all of these generous people come together to support Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Together we raised over $21,000 for the organization, which is $3,000 more than last year’s fundraising total. Our team, Power Strikes, raised over $4,000 and was the top fundraising team this year. With the team’s help, I managed to edge out Jimmy (Martinez) for the honor of top fundraiser.

My total this year was over $2,800. It’s the most I’d ever raised. EVER. Last year I think my total was only around $1,200. The Dance for Kids’ Sake Zumbathon® and our other fundraising events (Chipotle, Chick-Fil-A, and our raffle) really helped us out. We worked really hard to get support from local businesses and it paid off.

This year was my first time being part of the top fundraising team. Last year, even though I was the top fundraiser, Jimmy’s team was the top team because their team raised more money overall. Faith was with Power Strikes and I bowled with the Bowlerinas. This year, Faith and I decided to join forces.

Faith and I agreed to team up again next year with the goal of defending our title. Except, we will have a new team name. We already have a bunch of fundraising ideas planned. It’s going to be tough to exceed this year’s performance but we are going to try. We have a big, hairy, audacious goal of raising over $5,000 for Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters next year.

Thank you to everyone who donated and helped make this year’s Big Brothers Big Sisters fundraising event successful. You are making a difference! We look forward to your help again next year.

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Pictures from Colors and Corks

Posted on May 8, 2017 by under Events.    

Brian and I had the opportunity to attend a United Way Young Leaders Association appreciation event at Mark Arts a couple of weeks ago. It was a very nice event. Here are a few pictures.

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Back to Back Fundraising Events

Posted on April 22, 2017 by under Events.    

We had back to back fundraising events a couple of weeks ago. On Friday, April 7, we attended KANSEL Team Trivia which is a super fun event. Our friend Karen is the current board president but has been a member of the KANSEL board of directors since 2014.

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We really didn’t know what to expect the first year that we attended the event but it was a blast so we look forward to Karen’s invitation every year. Last year we won a bunch of stuff in the silent auction. That’s always fun.

This year I got outbid on every single auction item that I bid on but Brian did come home with a couple of six packs from the beer pull.

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Here’s a picture of our Westar Wizards trivia team this year.

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This is Alex.

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Faith attended as Alex’ guest.

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This is Shane’s wife Sara. We recently found out that our moms work together at Weigand. The Batchelders are one of our most favorite couples to hang with at events. They are so fun!

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The next day was a super crazy busy day. I had to teach my regular Saturday class and then we volunteered to help set up for Child Start’s Boots and Bling Gala. That was a lot of driving back and forth to the West side of town. The event was held at Eberly Farms, which is a good 30-minute drive from our house. On the plus side, it was a beautiful day so we got to enjoy the multiple long drives in my convertible.

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After we completed our volunteer work, we went back home to shower and change for the party. I thought the event was generally successful. Brian and I had a blast. The only disappointment for me was that we didn’t have enough people from work attend the party. They gave us a whole row of seats and we only took up half of them, if that. It would have been nice to be able to fill all the seats.

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We decided to ditch my car on the trip back to Eberly Farms because I actually fixed my hair and I wanted it to stay as much intact as possible. It was so windy that day though that my hair pretty much got wrecked just walking from the car to the entrance. There was no avoiding it. LOL.

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We got to hang out with a bunch of young people from work. These are Corri and Josh Newman. Josh and I work together and have been to the same trainings and meetings. Brian and I met Corri for the first time when we ran into her and Josh at Aero Plains Brewing on the night that we went to see Toruk — The First Flight. They were also on their way to see it.

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Kati attended the event as well.

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The event included entertainment by the Delano Dollies and live music by Candice and the Business Casual.

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The evening’s host/emcee KAKE News anchor Jim Grimes was also quite entertaining. He played blackjack at my table.

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However, City Council Member and Wichita Wagonmaster Jeff Blubaugh who dealt at one of the blackjack tables was most entertaining of all.

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He gave away so many tickets that he actually ran out!

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I don’t know how many people went to jail but Brian actually did. Then he paid to get out and also jailed the woman who sent him to jail. It was pretty funny.

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The marshals who took Brian to jail took their roles quite seriously.

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They each had the perfect scowl to go with their costumes.

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Despite having been sent to jail, Brian had a great time. It’s all part of the fundraising effort. We each bought more fake money than we needed so we started giving our $1000 bills away. LOL.

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As fundraising events go, we really enjoyed this one and will be looking forward to it again when it comes around next year. That’s saying a lot because Brian and I go to a bunch of these benefits throughout the year.

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I think the best part was that this lovely lady and her husband gave us the charcoal grill that he won. Brian and I contributed during the “fund a need” live auction and spent quite a bit during the casino portion of the evening but we didn’t really expect to get anything for it. We were fully prepared to just have a great time and chip in.

They were so generous to give us the grill, which Brian had been admiring since he laid eyes on it in the afternoon when we were setting up for the event. She said her husband was part of the event committee and he already had two other grills so he didn’t need it. We are so grateful that we were at the right place at the right time because this really made Brian’s weekend.

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Brian spent the very next day putting his new grill together. Here’s the finished product. We haven’t used it yet but we plan to break it in next month when we have a Father’s Day cookout at the house.

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Pictures from Pat’s 60th Birthday

Posted on February 28, 2017 by under Events.    

Here’s a group photo we took at Pat’s 60th birthday surprise party. And, this wasn’t even everyone. Cathie did a great job of getting everyone together.

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Here’s a fun picture of Pat, Missy, Christina, Hideki, and Johnna.

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I’m still in my Zumba gear because we had to skedaddle after my Zumba class and then we had to skedaddle again because we still had to feed the dogs before heading to bowling. It was a busy Sunday!

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Missy and I both have Zumba classes on Sundays so she came from her Zumba class as well. As luck would have it, we were wearing the same shirt but in different colors. We didn’t even call each other to coordinate!

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Here’s a picture of the two of us with the birthday girl.

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Here’s one of Pat with me and Brian.

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Brian was really antsy and wanted to leave right away on account of the dogs. I wanted to stay and celebrate with Pat so I talked Brian in to staying just a little bit. I gave up showering before bowling and everything just so we could stay longer.

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We ended up getting roped into a salsa-lesson-slash-dance-contest, which we actually won. Our prize was a dessert brownie thing, which we ended up sharing with everyone. I told Brian, “Aren’t you glad we stayed for the contest?” LOL.

Anyway, it’s not everyday that you have a friend turn 60. That’s kind of a big deal. The girls, and most specially Cathie, really did a great job organizing the surprise party. I’m so glad we were able to attend and celebrate Pat’s big day with everyone.

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YMCA Annual Celebration

Posted on February 27, 2017 by under Community, Events.    

My new Lularoe Amelia dress arrived just in time for the YMCA Annual Celebration so I didn’t have to figure out what to wear to it. I wore my Lularoe dress to work and took it straight to the dinner.

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The dress actually got quite a few compliments at work. My favorite part of this style of dress is the pockets.

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I’m not sure what was going on with my hair that morning but it was very 70s.

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Brian was off work that day (he was actually off almost all week because they were redoing the floors of their office) but he put on his three-piece suit for me anyway. What a great hubby he is!

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Speaking of great husbands, I ran into Johnna’s husband at the event.

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A little bit later, Johnna came by our table and we took a selfie together. Of course, Brian and I had to selfie also.

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I love going to this event because you learn about the Y’s new initiatives and you get to preview the campaign videos. They always do such a great job with the fundraising campaigns. This year it was a real treat seeing some familiar faces in the videos. This is the one with Missy and Todd.

They participated in the very first late night program for teens. It was really cool. I hope they roll the program out to all the Y branches in the area. We have the best YMCA facilities in the nation and it would be possible without the support of the community. I love Wichita!

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