We were off to an extremely windy start around 6 AM on a Saturday morning. The day was set with a buzz as the Make A Wish crew members and volunteers gathered around the Great Park grounds, bustling around nervously as 25 mph winds were gusting through and through. The white tents that were already set to stay were being swept up off the ground. The morning was a bit rough as we were all trying to gain perspective on how we should have the event set up before the rest of the guests were set to arrive by 7:30 AM. Despite the weather being a circus, everyone decided to move their location next to a building that sheltered the winds from sweeping in. Ah! Finally a solution and the day will continue to go on - no matter what! The energy of our determination was contagious and we all cheerily continued to move our things into the grounds.
As the clock hit 7:30, I could see more volunteers and walk-a-thon candidates coming in. The audio team had started setting up the stage and a couple emcees from Make A Wish took the stage and mic to introduce themselves. They started to hype everyone up with jokes and energetic speeches for those that were attending. At one point, a costumed lobster came out to dance with everyone and wave to passing people - it definitely created a lot of smiles.
The whole event unfolded beautifully as walkers gathered around for our American anthem. Everyone around placed their right hands over their hearts to pledge allegiance to the flag and it was refreshing to have everyone together - different ethnicities and people from all kinds of backgrounds, standing united for the same cause. We felt honored and proud to be at such an event that was trying to raise money for the kids who are battling or have battled for cancerous issues.
Thank you again Make A Wish members and those that have attended this with us. It was a blessing to experience this as we were glad to have supported and also be reminded of the little things in life! We had an amazing time just being there along with numerous other vendors and participants who came out!
Lots of hugs and smiles,
Happy Cow Photo Booth team