Gala for American Family Children’s Hospital

Oh hey, Cindy. Nice to see you…and breathe the same air as you.
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In case you’re curious, she still looks freakin’ incredible: beautiful hair, flawless skin, and thin but not gaunt. EVERYONE, including our table, stared at her as she made friendlies with the big donors at their tables.

On Friday night, Brody and I attended an event at the hall in Gordon’s Commons on UW-Madison’s campus hosted by Merrill Lynch raising money for the American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison. Cindy Crawford was there because her brother, when he was two years old, was treated at UW’s hospital for leukemia. He unfortunately passed away two years later, and since then, the Crawford family has been involved in supporting the hospital.

There are lots of ways to contribute to the charity (besides paying for a table or seat for dinner). Outside of the ballroom, lots of goodies were lined up for a silent auction. I didn’t even get a chance to look at the items, but to be honest, everything was likely out of our price range anyways. Later on, they also had a cash auction. Lastly, a very generous woman agreed to match all gifts for the event up to $400,000. At the end of the night, Merrill Lynch presented the American Family Children’s Hospital with a check for approximately $616,000 for an addition, as they have already outgrown their space.

As for the food, it was quite delicious. We started with an appetizer of shrimp, asparagus “salad,” and a chilled pea and mint soup with bacon.

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For the main course, we were served steak, a scallop, and some vegetables (potato and rutabaga I think). Brody wasn’t a fan of the scallop, but I thought it was cooked perfectly and happily ate his.

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Sorry for the blurry iPhone photo

Dessert – my favorite – was a trio of chocolate mousse, rhubarb tart, coffee creme brûlée (the best of the three). Again, my amazing husband generously gave me his coffee creme brûlée.
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After the eating portion of the night, there were speeches (including one by Cindy Crawford) and a video of a family impacted by the Children’s Hospital. The video was obviously very moving, especially with a little one on the way. I’ll admit to getting choked up a few times and shedding some tears, in particular when the husband said how strong his wife was throughout the whole ordeal. Because one of their twin boys needed to be sent to the American Family Children’s Hospital from Fond du Lac only a couple hours after birth, the first time she really saw her son was when he was five days old. I get teary-eyed even typing that now.

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It’s scary to think about all of the bad stuff that can go wrong. I hope we never have to send our child to the Children’s Hospital, but like I said with my minor medical issues, I feel so darn lucky to live in a city with such incredible hospitals, doctors, nurses, and support staff.

Brody and I had a fun time getting dressed up and going out together, especially since we were able to contribute to such an amazing cause.

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A few pregnancy related bits from the night:
-The wife of Mark Tauscher, a former Badger and Packer player, said I looked great as she walked past. At first I didn’t realize she was also pregnant, but luckily I did and then complimented her on her red high heels.
-I was one of at least five pregnant ladies at the event. I’m guessing we were all sniffling and crying through the video.
-My go-to drink when I’m out with others who are drinking is a club soda with a little cranberry juice and a lime.

Questions:
What celebrities have you seen in person?
What charities do you like to support (through time or money)?

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