We had a wild two-part weekend, all to support Type 1 diabetes research and the Indianapolis Humane Society.
First, it was the annual JDRF Indiana Promise Gala in downtown Indy. I'd helped setup on Friday morning, one of about a dozen people who helped unload auction items from the truck and arrange in numerical order so they could be easily handed out to winning bidders on Saturday. Being black tie optional, we put on our Sunday Best and headed to the Marriott hotel in downtown Indy for the Saturday evening event, where the second floor was decorated in jungle and wildlife theory on point for the Wild For a Cure theme. More than 600 people attended, organizers said. Being that my company the Indianapolis Business Journal was one of the event sponsors, so the company got some free tickets for us and three other couples - otherwise the costly $200 per person event would probably be off limits. President of Pacers Sports & Entertainment, Jim Morris, was the Living & Giving Honoree and a local family with a 6-year-old son diagnosed with Type 1 about a year ago was the Find a Cure Family. They had a touching story, of courses, and spoke about the need to contribute for a cure.
Of course, that was the first "wild" half of the weekend. The 2nd "wet" part was Sunday...
The Indianapolis Humane Society's 7th annual Mutt Strut. Where we get to take our lovable 5-year old black lab Riley to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a 2.5-mile trek around the famous brickyard track. However, this year we had a hitch: Rain. Lots of it.
Our SUV was filled with wet dog smell on the way home, but luckily we brought a towel to dry off Riley slightly. She rested the rest of the day, as did we once getting home.
In addition to those events, it was also fun to hear that I'd continued my award-winning journalistic work by winning two awards from the state chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists - a first place for a three-part series on wrongful convictions and exonerations, plus a second place award for a story about the nuances when a baby is legally considered a "child." So, now the award wall in the home office has some more items to display for some work done in 2009! Good stuff.
Overall, it was a great weekend devoted to a pair of worthwhile causes! Now, we wait for the next Gala and Mutt Strut adventure in 2011... At least there's much to do in the meantime before then!