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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Let Us Reflect

(author warning: kelvin)

First, the auction items are lined out and Christy will post those later, so check back!

Now, as we head into the final stretch before the 2nd Annual Emma's Bayou Bash, let's take a moment to reflect on the purpose. You will remember last year that the event was started by friends who wanted to help with Emma's expenses. And WOW, how they did! The one day event raised $80,000, with 10% going to Batten Disease Research and 10% to Emma's Hugs. Nearly 2,000 plates of barbeque were served and the event left a huge impression on all involved.

This years Bash will be a little different since Emma has moved on. A lot different, actually. Her name will be on hundreds of pieces of merchandise and thousands of pieces of paper. Her picture will be on shirts and banners. We will be flush with memories of Emma. Our parade queen will be absent. Emma is missed.

For all the Bash workers, thank you for physically being Emma's legacy. Your efforts are appreciated and will benefit many. All of this year's proceeds will go to Emma's Hugs and Batten Disease Research. We will be providing many thousands of days parking to people in the Texas Medical Center this year. I hope everyone understands that the real value in these parking passes in not the parking itself. The value happens somewhere down the road, out of our sight. It happens when these people pass their appreciation to someone else, over and over again...paying it forward...changing flat tires...donations to other charities...anonymous gifts to the needy at Christmas...serving hot meals after a storm...mowing an elderly neighbors yard...all for the price of a $12 parking pass. This is already happening a thousand times over. The legacy of a little girl's hug is impacting the world she left behind. This is what we want everyone to remember as Emma's Bayou Bash comes and goes on Saturday.

So, to you, supporters of Emma's Hugs: "Good job, and thank you for letting Emma's Hugs pass along your generosity".
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