Even though I've already sent dozens of e-mails expressing my appreciation to anyone and everyone who helped make our recent Volunteer Kickoff Rally possible, I wanted to show my genuine appreciation one more time.
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
I also wanted to share some photos from the inaugural event, which helped launch the 2009 Tarrant County Homeless Count in style.
I'm also going to sprinkle in a few more extra special expressions of gratitude. (Can you say thank you too many times?)
First of all ... a HUGE thanks to Brian Blevins who took all these AWESOME photos!
An extra special thank you to event co-sponsor, Chicken Express,
for providing all the food and drinks for the volunteers.
The event would not have been the same without their generosity.
Jason Eady (above) is THE MAN!
He definitely added a buzz to the event
with his incredible country music.
Thank you to Panera Bread for the "Free Coffee" coupons
Thank you to The WARM Place, Big Brothers Big Sisters,
and Presbyterian Nigh Shelter for providing
volunteer information for our Raffle Bags
Thanks to Cold Stone Creamery,
Jamba Juice, and
Potbelly Sandwich Works
for donating coupons and gift certificates
Thank you to Starbucks for donating 3 lbs. of coffee
Thank you to Put a Cork In It for donating two cases of wine
(Chris, you rock!)
Thanks to Cowtown Marathon for donating t-shirts
and information for the Raffle Bags
Have I already thanked Chicken Express?
Special thanks to Back on My Feet
for sending brochures (above) to help spread
the word about their awesome organization.
Thank you to Gary and Kelsey Patterson
AND the entire TCU Athletics Department
– especially Monica Ray –
for their raffle items and contributions
to the Raffle Bags
Thank you to the Movie Tavern for donating
six movie tickets that we turned into a "Date Night" package
for three of the volunteers
JASON EADY! JASON EADY! JASON EADY!
Thanks to all the Fort Worth Police Officers
who participated in the Count
Thank you to the Texas Rangers
for their Raffle Bag contributions
Thanks to Cindy Crain (above) and her staff for letting
e-Partners in Giving host the inaugural event.
(BTW: I love that shirt!)
Thanks to Wachovia and the City of Fort Worth
for the give-away items
(Greg and Debbie, you guys are awesome!)
Thanks to CiCi's Pizza, Schlotzsky's, and Marble Slab
for helping make the Raffle Bags special
We appreciate World Market and Jason's Deli
for donating the actual sacks for the Raffle Bags
Thanks to the whole e-Partners in Giving Family,
especially my wife, "The Bulldog," and Connie
for helping us pull this off
Thanks to my family (sister Allison above) and friends
THANKS TO ALL THE VOLUNTEERS!
This Rally was thrown for you –
your willingness to give back
should be admired and applauded!