Theatre L’Homme Dieu Soiree

August 23

[So let me entertain you, and we’ll have a real good time . . . ]

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[The Super and I arrived at Theatre L’Homme Dieu for a year-end fundraiser for the campus facilities and to celebrate the end of another wonderful season . . . ]

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[Executive director Nicole Mulder, and Board member Phil Eidsvold and his crack committee went all out for this production number.  It was perfectly suited for a “resort elegant” dress code for the 100-something guests . . . ]

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[But first, the bar area highlighting the auction items: Cabo San Lucas, Newport Beach, and “Hamilton” in either Chicago or Minneapolis.  Oh, and the lead-off item was a night of fine dining at the “Merc”!]

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[The Super said this is all well and good, but as for us – a new house, a new car, and a couple of trips on the horizon . . . ]

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[And they’re arriving . . . ]

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[The blur is Nicole – an executive director always in action . . . ]

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[The key to fundraising is to show them what it’s for . . . in this case, leading tours through the 100-year old cottages in serious need of plastic surgery . . . ]

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[And then going back to the staff cottages, built by the high school in the late 70’s but untouched since, until one enjoyed a volunteer makeover this year . . . ]

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[“Looks pretty good,” says the Super . . . ]

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[Nicole lays out the scenario for a long range plan.  Like all long range plans it takes time and money . . . ]

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[Let’s go back for dinner . . . ]

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[Well, maybe not yet . . . ]

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[More time in the full-service bar is always fun . . . ]

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[I think we’re being filmed . . . ]

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[And filmed by drone!]

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[And the surprise entertainment!  Six Appeal, from Minneapolis, recently back from Moscow where they won first prize out of a 180-group, 16-country a cappella competition!  Quite a get by Nicole!]

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[Let the good times roll . . . ]

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[The Super takes a photo of our Table 11 . . . ]

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[Our table mates, known far and wide as great table mates . . . ]

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[And for our dining pleasure, many thanks to the Garden Bar on 6th . . . ]

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[The Super and I opted for the salmon, our favorite at their restaurant . . . ]

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[Nicole, in the background, greets the attendees . . . ]

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[Then Phil took over as the evening’s emcee . . . ]

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[Let’s make some pledges!]

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[The weather forecast called for a possiblilty of evening rain – but fortunately, it turned out to be a beautiful evening . . . ]

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[Six Appeal performed intermittently, to the delight of all . . . ]

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[The long range plan for this arrival area should be a crowd pleaser . . . ]

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[I told you it was a beautiful evening . . . ]

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[The classic lodge on the left, while a fun place for apres-play parties, is in dire need of botox injections . . . ]

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[Yes, we have a great campus for this kind of stuff . . . ]

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[Bar activity ebbs as dinner arrives . . . ]

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[And as we dig into our entrees . . . ]

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[Mmmmmmmmmm!]

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[Photos all around – Lisa, another board member . . . ]

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[No hydration shortages at our table . . . ]

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[Let’s put it all in motion . . . ]

[Thanks to the Wedum Foundation beginning with a matching sum, we may have netted over a hundred grand!  Woo-woo!  Many thanks to all the donors!  So maybe you’ll join us next year?]

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Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.  ~  Bill Nye

Up Next:  I’ve got to get back to Russia.

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