Have you ever been to a charity dinner? Let me tell you a little something about charity dinners: You have never realized how little money you truly have until you’ve been to one of these things. Wes and I were invited to attend a charity event thrown last night by Medical Teams International (really awesome organization) and it was a pretty amazing experience.
There was a silent auction (wherein we bought Wes’ birthday present. We weren’t planning to buy anything, but this perfect, made-for-Wes item was sitting there and we bid on it and won. More on this in a couple months) followed by dinner and a live auction. The event raised almost a million dollars last night, and when you’re sitting in the midst of that much money being raised, it does things to you. Things like:
- Makes you feel really, really broke.
- Restores your faith in humanity.
I’m certain were I a more contemplative, philosophical person it would do things like motivate me to become a better, more generous person. Unfortunately, I walked away glad that other people are so generous and hoping that maybe one day Wes and I will be able to raise our giant paddles for a good cause. As it stands, we cowered down and kept our number seurely hidden lest we inadvertantly bid $5,000 for a trip to Aspen.
The event was held at Seattle’s Safeco field, home of the Seattle Mariners. We ate dinner in the infield, which I haven’t visited since my high school graduation. It’s a lot of fun sitting down there on the field, looking up at the bleachers and trying to imagine what it would be like to play a game of baseball there. We sat at the table with a couple professional football players and had a lot of fun talking to them about what they eat (the answer is: a lot) and throwing up in flight simulators. You know, the usual stuff.
So now you know. Charity dinners = yummy food, unexpected birthday present finds, and really loud live auctions. As proof that we were there (and also dressed up fancy-like), here’s a photo taken of us sitting right smack on or around first base: