RedStrong Red (default) BlueCalm Blue GreenFresh Green

Chose your color scheme.

Archive for May 2017

Kentucky Derby Party

Posted on May 30, 2017 by under Community, Events.    

These are pictures from the Kentucky Derby Party event earlier this month. The fundraising event was hosted by the Rotary Club of East Wichita and benefited Starkey, EmberHope, and Heartspring.

Untitled

I donned by best hat and put on my party face and off we went!

Untitled

The boys had a great time competing in the horse-racing event.

Untitled

Brian and I agreed that I would not be any good at this event so we decided that he should represent team FLIP + CHING. He actually did quite well in his heat and advanced to the semi-finals and, eventually, the finals.

Untitled

Untitled

This is what they were racing.

Untitled

I’m not sure who came up with this game but I found it clever and fun.

Untitled

This is the final round.

Untitled

Brian did fantastic overall and finished in third place.

Instead of having a silent auction, they decided to raffle off some of the smaller packages and then conducted a live auction for the bigger prize packages. All the prizes were great but the only one that we were interested in was the Symphony in the Flint Hills package. We didn’t end up winning that package because Brian and I couldn’t decide quickly enough whether or not we wanted to bid on it. However, I volunteered us to help with the SFH event this year so we are going to be there anyway. The best part of volunteering for these types of events is that I get credit for the volunteer hours and still get to enjoy the show!

This is a list of the generous people and businesses who made the first ever Kentucky Derby Party a success.

Untitled

I’m so glad Tammie invited us because we had a great time.

Untitled

I saw lots of familiar Rotarians and I also ran into Ginger’s daughter Sarah.

Untitled

Although we didn’t win any of the raffle or auction items, Brian got to hang out with some amazing people and learned more about the Kentucky Derby in one afternoon than we ever would have had we not attended the event. Tammie and the rest of the event committee did a fantastic job. They raised $10,500 for the three charities.

It was a fabulous fundraising event/party and a great way to spend our Saturday afternoon.

No Comments

Cinco de Mayo Zumba in the Square

Posted on May 25, 2017 by under Events, Things to Do, Zumba.    

Untitled

Here are some pictures from the first Zumba in the Square event of the year which, coincidentally, fell on Cinco de Mayo. I ended up being in charge of this one because Pat, our fearless Zumba in the Square leader who normally organizes these events, just happened to have a schedule conflict that night. Lucky for me, I had the help of several amazing instructors.

Amy, Andrea, Charis, Johnna, Missy, Nick, and Todd all taught some songs. A picture of our kick ass Zumbathon® playlist is on the left.

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

It was such a blast leading songs for a fun-loving group!

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

We had a great turnout!

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Afterward a bunch of us went to Carlos O’Kelly’s to continue our Cinco de Mayo celebration. We had to wait a little bit before they could seat our group because there were 30 of us. It was a great time, though!

Untitled

I ended up making some new friends.

Untitled

Anyway, I was so delirious from the Zumbathon┬« that I completely spaced and left my water bottle at Old Town Square. We were almost home before I realized my folly. It’s a very special water bottle. It was one of the S’well bottles we’d gotten from Brian’s parents for Christmas. I was really upset that I left it.

Brian knew that I was really upset about leaving my water bottle so we agreed to go back and look for it. As luck would have it, the bottle was still there on the grass where I had left it. I got really lucky!

Although, I did tell Brian that if my water bottle was no longer there when we returned I wouldn’t be too upset because that would mean that some homeless person has taken it and they probably need it more than me. I’m really glad that I got my S’well bottle back, though.

We got home really late after making a trip back to downtown and then driving back home. It was a long, exhausting day but totally worth it. We had such a great time! If you missed the event, fear not. We’ve got another Zumba in the Square event coming up in a couple of weeks. The next one is scheduled for June 16.

I won’t be able to lead any songs at that event because we are celebrating with family that day. We’re having a cookout at our house to celebrate Brian’s birthday (June 13), grandma’s birthday (June 19), and Father’s Day. I hope you can make it to the next Zumba in the Square event though because it’s fabulous and not to be missed! It’s one of my favorite summer activities!

No Comments

WASAC’s Take Back the Night

Posted on May 21, 2017 by under Community, Events, Things to Do.    

Untitled

These are pictures from our team building volunteer activity for the Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center‘s Take Back the Night event. My friend and coworker Alex is an avid volunteer for the agency and she arranged it so that we would man the Community Quilt Project station at the event.

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

I don’t really know much about WASAC and their programs but I agreed to volunteer in support of Alex. She is always so generous with her time and volunteers for things at organizations that I’m passionate about so it was my turn to return the favor. There are no pictures of Brian because he didn’t want to do this event with me. It turned out all right because we had enough representation at the event. It would have been nice to have him there but it was okay that he wasn’t. There wasn’t much to the volunteer activity.

Untitled

We basically just talked with people at the event and encouraged them to participate in the Community Quilt Project. We had two tables with several blank fabric squares and colorful markers. We also had completed squares on display as examples. Each person’s contribution is an art work or saying on fabric square, which would then be incorporated into a big community quilt.

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

I wanted to contribute to the Community Quilt Project so I designed a couple of patches also. Some people got really artsy and did drawings but I’ve never been any good at that so I just wrote a bunch of encouraging words down and decorated/colored them.

Untitled

Untitled

I’d never been to one of these events before so this was my first. I’m not sure what the participation and attendance was like last year but this event was very well attended. I think it also helped that some awesome food trucks were there, including my friend’s truck Kamayan.

It was interesting to hear stories from survivors and supporters. I think it actually worked out better that Brian didn’t go because he would not have had the attention span for it. Please visit the WASAC web site to learn more about support groups, volunteer opportunities, advocacy, and other services.

No Comments

Arbor Day 2017

Posted on May 20, 2017 by under Events.    

For the first time ever, I had the opportunity to attend the local National Arbor Day celebration. In the United States, National Arbor Day is observed on the final Friday of April. That’s when it is celebrated here in Wichita; however, there are some states that choose to observe it on a different day.

This year Arbor Day fell on April 28. I just happened to be available that day so I jumped at the chance to join Alicia, Amy, Ron, Marsha, Kathie and the Westar In Motion trailer at O.J. Watson Park. Alicia and I worked for part of the morning and then we went to get coffee at Scooter’s down the street from the office before heading to the park.

Untitled

We noticed a bunch of people taking photos with the Wichita Eagle sign in front of the building. I think that was the very, very last day before everything was to be taken down since the newspaper moved to its new location in Old Town Square. Naturally, we did the same when we left the coffee shop.

Untitled

Upon arrival at the Arbor Day celebration site, the first thing I noticed were the huge bucket trucks. You can see the Westar In Motion trailer at the far end.

Untitled

While everyone was gathered and listening to the presentation, Kathie and Marsha were busy making popcorn in the trailer.

Untitled

Planting a tree is always one of the highlights of the event. City Arborist Gary Farris was on hand to educate everyone on the proper techniques for planting trees. The students were all very attentive.

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

The kids also got to watch one of the tree experts climb a tree.

Untitled

Untitled

This is the talking portion of it. I got some videos but I posted them on Facebook and I’m not sure how to get them on here. I did find a video from the event on YouTube (see below). Enjoy!

Here’s a selfie of our group with the trailer.

Untitled

Besides popcorn and water, we also got some delicious chocolate chip cookies from the local Double Tree hotel. We had the perfect weather and it was great to be able to spend the morning at the park. It was a nice break from work. I hope I get to tag along again next year.

No Comments

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.

Untitled

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.

Untitled

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.

Untitled

Here’s a selfie of me and Alex.

Untitled

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

Untitled

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.

Untitled

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

Untitled

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

Untitled

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.

No Comments

« Older Entries «