Katy Fundraiser - 2nd Annual Katy Sunshine Fest to benefit The Sunshine Kids was a HIT!

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Real Estate Agent with BHGRE Gary Greene 0517398

The Katy office of Prudential Gary Greene, Realtors recently held their 2nd Annual Katy Sunshine Fest to benefit The Sunshine Kids on Thursday March 27, 2008. Over 600 Guests and our many local sponsors were astounded as they arrived at our office parking lot and were greeted by a 5,000 steel erected tent. This certainly set the tone for the evening and will be talked about for years to come.

The event kicked off with a 4:00 p.m. style show highlighting fashions and commentary from J. Barton Clothiers. Many of the models were agents from our office as well as from our sponsors. The fashion show set up was very "Fifth Avenue" and all guests were greeted by white gloved bartenders bearing a bit of bubbly.

Immediately following the fashion show, the main event kicked off at 5:00 p.m. with an introduction from our manager, Tracy Bogiel. We were very pleased to hear comments from our very own Mark and Marilyn, as well as a special visit from GW Bailey, TV's "The Closer" MASH, Police Academy and more, who is a national spokesperson for The Sunshine Kids. GW took time out of his very busy schedule to speak to our guests about the mission and goals of The Sunshine Kids and not a dry eye was to be had in the crowd.

The evening's entertainment focused around live music as well as that of a terrific DJ. Our live music was presented by special surprise guests: Kady Malloy and Colton Berry - past contestants of a nationally recognized television talent show. This wowed the crowd and will be a hard act to follow next year.

Our guests were treated to delicious food provided by four area restaurants, as well as wine, beer and margaritas. Funds for the event were raised from our fabulous live auction, silent auction and raffle prizes. In fact, the bidding was quite fierce at the end for the top items: Tiger Woods' signed Master's jacket and Hannah Montana signed guitar. Several silent auction items were: JK Rowlings' signed Harry Potter book, 2005 NCAA National Football Champs Team Autographed Helmet, Houston Astro's Legends Home Plate signed by Craig Biggio, Roger Clemens, Jeff Bagwell, Andy Pettit and Lance Berkman and so much more! Our raffle tickets offered three great prizes: a Colorado Condo escape package for 6 nights including airfare for 2, a four night Carnival cruise to Mexico from Galveston and a Golf and Spa week-end getaway for two to the Fairmont Scottsdale in Arizona.

We are proud to announce that the event raised $ 20,000 - which was double last years' effort! In May, we will hold  a special event to thank our wonderful sponsors and will use this opportunity to present a check for $ 17,000.00 directly to the Sunshine Kids with the remaining funds to go toward kicking off next years' event to be held in early Spring of 2009 - exact date to be announced.

If you are interesting in sponsoring this fabulous Katy event, please contact me at christi@christiborden.com.

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