My mom and I drove into Manhattan after work and, after driving around for a bit, managed to find a meter to park at right around the corner from Providence, the venue for the night’s event…SCORE! When we entered Providence, I was quite impressed. It was beautiful! The place was so funky and different. There were two floors and everything screamed "80s." The party planners did a TOTALLY AMAZING job!
We mingled with the guests, spoke to several board members, listened to some great 80s music from the band and took some pictures. Halfway through the evening, the ceremony began. The honorees for the evening were Lois Baskin and Jodi Posner, friends who had been chairing the PCF Walk together each year for the past 20 years. In that time they have raised an incredible 4 million dollars! Jodi lost her son about 16 years ago to cancer. I find it incredibly inspiring that she was able to channel her grief into something that benefits other children still battling their illness. The friendship, admiration, and respect that these women had for each other was clearly evident, as was the support from those surrounding them. I was moved by what they have been able to accomplish with the help of their friends, family and communities. Unfortunately, the pair have decided to step down. I wish them an evidently well-deserved retirement, but from what I learned about them in this short time, they'll probably still have a hand in the PCF Walk next year!
As we left, the party was still in full swing, but my bed was calling as I had to be up bright and early for work the next morning. Thank you to everyone at the Pediatric Cancer Foundation for being so welcoming and kind. Like I said, you never do good deeds for the recognition, but it is nice to know that my donation was appreciated and will be put to good use. Thank you.