We had a great turnout this week for my Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks to My Mom book signing. We sold over 53 books (still counting) with $10 from each book sale* going directly to Lake County‘s domestic violence crisis center A Safe Place. We sold books from Norway to Indiana to Texas!
Family, friends and volunteers from the organization all pitched in and were hosted by the delicious and festive On The Border restaurant in Vernon Hills. They also graciously offered to donate 10% of food and beverage sales for those attending the event. We are waiting for the final results of their tally and then they will also be sending a check to the organization.
A special thanks to Dr. Ingrid Weimer, a long-time volunteer board member at A Safe Place for helping to organize the event. Ingrid and I have been friends for years and she was super supportive of the idea for a benefit. In addition, she brought along information on the organization and the serious issue of domestic violence. For more information, please visit their website or call their hotline 800-600-SAFE. They can do a much better job of educating you on the issues and help available.
To my friends who helped spread the word, take pictures, buy books and offer encouragement when my enthusiasm was lagging, THANK YOU!
To my brothers Mike and Joe – for either sharing my updates (with a side of sarcasm which we all appreciate) or texting support – love you both!
To my little sister, Brenda, thank you for your big heart, unique perspective, the beautiful flowers and for making me believe you’re impressed by me…even when I feel like a fraud!
To my big sister, Melanie, for schlepping boxes, handling money, and keeping me organized–but mostly for being a permanent life fixture, for great Mom advice, and making me be brave when I don’t want to.
To my husband Tim, daughter Emily, and son Jeremy – you three provide the material and inspiration for all of my stories (true or not). When I was 16 – I dreamed of having a family like this….thanks for making it come true.
And, of course, Thanks to My Mom, Barb Armstrong, for being extraordinary.
*The Chicken Soup for the Soul family provides books at cost (including free shipping to contributors) for fundraising efforts on behalf of non-profit organizations. If you’re interested in holding a benefit for your group/organization please contact me for more information.