President’s Notes December 2021

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! The 2021 Island Santa Bar Crawl was a stunning success! We will be presenting a check to Make a Wish, Eastern North Carolina, for $30,350! As President, I am humbled by the generosity of all who participated in this weekend celebration! The weather was beautiful, and your support was enormous. I am so thankful for the opportunity to see you all every year. Please keep coming! I would like to take a moment of your time and share with you the volunteers who made this happen!

Big Birds, Moh Traini and Jimi Crampton, for their endless hours of dedication and service to this project. Moh claims that she is only a gopher, but we all know that is not true. She is vital to “getting the job done!”

Matt Morel, owner of the Emerald Club, and Paul Musco, owner of 34 North Bar of Cedar Point, for their time and money invested and the great service provided by their staff. These two venues were critical to the success of the weekend!

Will & Tony Show for donating their talents in providing free rocking tunes throughout the 34 North event

Kathy Ruge for sharing her “Birthday Celebration Wishes” donations.

Georgia Ricks for the “Wish Your Way Fundraising” at her Annual Christmas Bash.

Each of the Bloody Mary Makers and their contributing supporters. We learned a new way to “Party with a Purpose.”

Jason Holland, our talented and fearless auctioneer, and all who assisted him.

Donors of door prizes and priceless items to the crawl raffle and live auction, including the Swag of Adams Distributors.

Joel Dunn and Carl Rauchenburg for the technology involved in making online registration possible.

James Hicks, my dear husband for his moral support from beginning to end, with at least 10 trips to the storage room, hauling me and my STUFF back and forth.

Maggie Rauschenberg and all of those who helped her with the registration of over 350 participants.

Rita Babich and our raffle teams.

Carol Lauback for detailed financial tracking and Cris Lauback for his excellent photographing of the weekend events.

Our fabulous 7 stops, Surf’s Up, Trading Post, Beach Bums, Shark’s Den, Island Time Tavern, The Growler and Gaffer’s, for allowing us to be crazy while we partied, and for their caring and patient staff.

So many “behind the scenes” volunteers for copying, cutting, running errands, putting up and taking down signs, assisting at the “big ticket raffle” and the “live auction,” distributing literature, and more!

The EIPHC Board is grateful to each of these volunteers who collectively contributed over 100 hours of service to the weekend events and for MAW. It is comforting to know that children and their families will see their wishes come true as a result of our efforts. Job well done everyone! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Phins Up Ya’ll! Jan H, President

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