Well as you can see I did not reach my goal at the diamond gala! As I mentioned in my last blog, I always reach for the stars. And if I fall, Eric is always there to catch me. As you witnessed, I have a very strong support system. My husband is AMAZING, and I am blessed to have him.
I recognize that it is more important to try and fail and to learn, then it is to not try at all.
So what did I learn from this experience? A lot of people think timing was the issue. I don't totally agree with that. I've been to plenty of events that were (properly) planned with short notice and they were still successful.
In hindsight, I do agree with Dwight (NeNe's friend). I probably should have charged for tickets. I decided not to charge because I was inviting people to come and spend money (via the auction, the vendors, etc). There wasn't any formal entertainment or sit-down dinner... so I didn't think I should charge.
I also should have had more control of the guest list. We had a dozen or so luxury vendors participating that night and they invited their top 10% clients. I learned that one of the vendors had my invitations sitting on the counter for everyone to take. I immediately called. The manager assured me that they were only out for an hour and were removed from the counter. I guess this is what Kim was speaking of when she said the invitations were "all around the mall." I could go on and on but what's the point.
Although I did not raise the amount that I hoped, I did plant a seed. 400+ people learned about DeShawn Snow Foundation. I am very thankful for the people that did donate and purchased things that evening. At the end of the day, it's all about my (foundation) girls. Everything I do is for them. Our life is not about us; it is about us advancing the kingdom (helping others). I am thankful for everyone that helped me out! I have so many ideas and programs that I want to birth. Even though I did not raise my million that night, I will raise it! If you would like to support our cause, please join our Million Small Steps campaign. You can make a difference by donating as little as $5! You can also become a DSF Ambassador by placing the widget on your Web site, social networking sites, e-mail signatures, or even sending an email blast to your address book (please e-mail questions to firstname.lastname@example.org). Together we can create steppingstones that create success and opportunities for every girl.