Sunday, October 26, 2014

St. Jude Garden Harvest

We were lucky enough to be a part of the fourth annual St. Jude Garden Harvest this year. Our college friends, Jimmy and Lucy, invited us to join them at their table. This was our first year to attend the event which was described as being "a foodie’s dream".
This year’s theme was the 100 Mile Dinner, meaning all ingredients were from within 100 miles of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital campus in Memphis. Lisa Ellis does an outstanding job at every event she has her hand on...the afternoon was a lot of fun in spite of the scorching temperatures. It was miserably HOT. 
The Chairmen of the Event were Mr. Scott Vogel, Dr. Fred Azar, Mr. Wes Kraker and Mr. Jimmy Naifeh! 
Do I look a little HOT? Yes, I am...But how COOL is this picture with St. Jude in the background? 
Judson's parents rode to Memphis with us and we enjoyed having some quality time with them outside of the store. 
Richard Shadyac, CEO of ALSAC, gave a moving speech about the fundraising efforts necessary to operate the hospital on a daily basis. A St Jude "Mom" also spoke about her son's journey at the hospital and of course it was very emotional and moving. WOW! These families are simply AMAZING and deserve the WORLD after their struggles. How could you not be a "St. Jude Fan" after hearing these stories? 
This actually was an iron standout on our table for the centerpiece, but as I listened to the Mother tell her story, this image with the hospital in the background just caught my eye. Precious. 

 Everybody LOVES Wes Kraker! 

I ADORE this picture of us!!! Jimmy was in our wedding and has remained a great friend to us both. We may not see each other very often, but when we do, we all four pick right up where we left off! THANKS Jimmy and Lucy for the invitation!