Friday, October 30, 2009

Silent Auction Feature: Grand Superior Lodge

This year's Silent Auction is going to have some incredible items up for bid. The event takes place during DinoMights' 15th Annual Fundraiser at International Market Square, November 16, 2009 7:00 PM. In this post I'd like to tell you about one of the most exciting items of 2009:


"Let the sound of the waves washing ashore refresh you. Let the sun and moon traversing the lake's horizon relax you. Let the comforts of a fire place and whirlpool tub restore you." --Grand Superior Website

The winner of this auction item will enjoy a relaxing two night stay at a beautiful North Shore resort. Grand Superior Lodge is located on the North Shore of Lake Superior near Two Harbors, MN. The resort is just 2 miles away from Gooseberry Falls State Park and 10 miles from Split Rock Lighthouse. The room features King size bed, whirlpool, and fireplace.

Retail Value: $538

Opening Bid: $250

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Big DinoMight Weekend

This weekend was a big weekend for DinoMight participants! On Friday evening the girl's team kicked off their season with a bonfire and fireworks at a former teammate's house. They roasted lots of marshmallows and enjoyed just hanging out with each other!

Saturday was everyone's first hockey practice of the year. It was interesting to see how much the program has grown since I was a player--there were SO many kids! It was especially fun to see all of the new faces and experience all of the excitement with some of the littlest kids. There was a really great turnout of parents as well. We wanted as many parents as possible to come to the first practice in order to register their kids and also to attend an informational meeting about the program. Since many of our kids parents are Spanish speakers, Scott asked me to help translate key points of the meeting. I was super nervous but the parents were very gracious about the fact that I am still learning and were very encouraging :)

It is going to be a GREAT year!!

Keyana (little sister of DinoMight alumni Greg and Ben) sporting a vintage DinoMight sweatshirt at Saturday's practice

Friday, October 9, 2009

Drum Roll Please . . . DinoMights would like to make a very special announcement . . . Our special guest for the 2009 Fundraiser will be . . . The Stanley Cup!

The event is just around the corner. The invites are on their way to the post office. This year's event will make a statement!

Picture in your head the captain of the Stanley Cup Champions lifting the legendary trophy over his head. He pumps the 35 pound prize to signify the completion of his team's accomplishment. All the hard work, all the injuries, all the time . . . All to boisterously make this silent statement by carrying the cup over head.

Maybe one day a DinoMight will grow up to be a pro hockey player and have the experience of that exact moment.

Maybe not.

Probably not.

But we have the same joy at graduation. We have the same joy to see our young people grow up to be adults concerned for their community. We have the same joy to see our young people embrace their faith.

So, yeah, this is a good guest for this year's event. I hope you will help us celebrate!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

DinoMights at the Wild Game

Every year the DinoMights get to sell programs at a preseason MN Wild game as a fundraiser. I was in a group with 4th grade girls this year and was very impressed with their sales skills! One little girl came up to me after making a sale and triumphantly announced "I used my puppy eyes!" After working hard for the first half of the game the kids were able to take a seat and watch the rest. Some even got to hang out with the MN Wild mascot, Nordy :)