It is now 3 weeks since our friend Bryce Halbert suddenly passed away. Although the feeling of helplessness has lifted, the sadness has now been shadowed by the love and support that continues to surround the Halbert family.
Today was the LET THE LOVE FLOW...event that was put on by family and friends of the Halberts at Ocean Breeze Park. I arrived early to drop off some baked goods, Starbucks coffee, and puruse the selection.
This was well thought out, even so much as the women putting it on wore the same colors. It was elegant, diverse, and like the weather has been, warm and sunny. Although still not over the shock and loss of their friend, these women (and men) were full of enthusiasm and determination to make a difference in their friend's life.
There were people from all over, friends, family, parents of friends the Halbert children, teachers, neighbors, and a few people who really had no connection with the Halberts. This is what community is all about.
Some of my favorite tables included the entrance table where you could donate and recieve a "Bryce-let" which I purchased two, one for myself and one for my 9yr old. Also the lollipop garden, baked goods, and Tupperware! I just threw out the last of my Tupperware I received as wedding gifts back in 1980 and was delighted to replace them with new ones. There were other vendors too, like Arbonne. Each vendor pledging to donate a percentage to the fundraiser.
The silent auction opened up on Thursday. A wide selection of items ranging from a stay at the Montage to a Powell's candy gift basket. I was out bid but it was fun to do counterbids and watch the proceeds soar.
Even as I went out to pick up Ballpark Pizza tonight, people recognized me and asked how the fundraiser went. Even though I don't know what the proceeds amounted to, I do know what the love did...added a large reserve that will help this family get through.
If you were unable to participate in today's fundraiser, you can still help by supporting one of the following restaurants:
Wed., September 12 5-8pm Chick Fil A at Greenfield and Crown Valley Rd...write Halbert on your receipt
Tues., September 18 and Wed., September 19th ALL DAY Yogurtland Ocean Ranch...write Halbert on your receipt
Tues., September 25 5-8pm Baja Fish Tacos Crown Valley (must have a flyer)
Thursday, October 11 5-9pm Roman Cucina 25214 Cabot Rd. Laguna Hills...write Halbert on your receipt
End of October, multiple dates TBA Shwack Beach Grill Dana Point
Wed., November 7 ALL DAY Baja Fresh Marina Hills...flyer needed