I first want to apologize for being silent on the blog this year. We moved up our 3rd Annual Auction event from May to March, so after the end-of-year giving campaign, I went straight into event planning while continuing to run Love Not Lost.
On top of that, I ended up giving myself a concussion setting up for the event, which required me to take a 3-week break from screens. Thankfully, I was still able to photograph, train photographers, and attend meetings while recovering, but it definitely put me behind in book designs, emails, blog updates, and social media updates. I am finally getting caught up on everything, but the book designs took priority. Thank you for your patience!
Our 3rd Annual Auction Celebration was a huge success thanks to our wonderful guests, VIP table sponsors, and event sponsor, Kalon Creative. Kalon Creative builds modern, user-friendly websites and apps for startups, small businesses, and growing companies. They've been a corporate supporter for years and we are so grateful for Kalon Creative's continued support to help us carry out our mission.
The King Plow Arts Center was full of people who've been around since our launch, brand new faces learning about Love Not Lost for the first time, and every stage in between. As people entered the room, one of our Love Not Lost photographer volunteers, Patrick, took photos of our guests which have just been posted to our Love Not Lost Facebook page to easily share. We believe memories are important to capture and life is worth celebrating, whether you're facing a terminal diagnosis or not, so we're really glad people took advantage of the moment to freeze time. Go check out the Facebook gallery!
The room was full of music, conversation, and good times as the cocktails were flowing and all of the unique and fun silent auction items were out on display. Things like a team-autographed Atlanta Hawks basketball, Atlanta staycation packages, flight lessons, beautiful jewelry, a wine tour and tasting getaway, concert tickets, festival tickets, and many other great Atlanta items and experiences that add more to life were getting bid on by the minute. We even had people bidding from home, and if that was you, thank you for supporting us even if you coudln't be there in person! Chris Veal, one of Atlanta's favorite graffiti artists, joined us at the event to paint a beautiful skyline piece as people were enjoying the evening, which was later auctioned during the live portion of the night.
Thanks to Collection Event Furnishings, we had a cozy section of the room where albums were on display for people to enjoy while the cocktails were being sipped and the silent auction was gaining bids. As the cocktail hour drew to a close, we moved into the event room with the most delicious dinner from Bold Events Catering & Design. From fried chicken to braised short rib to honey glazed salmon, it was the type of food that soothes the soul. Every person I talk to from the event continues to bring up how amazing the food was and I have to agree - thanks Bold Events for a memorable meal! Our favorite DJ, Brian, aka "DJ Sires" from Amp'd Entertainment, kept the party going until the very end once again. We are so grateful to all the generous vendors who help make this possible!
During the the main program, I was able to share about the journey Love Not Lost has taken over the past two years and the vision for what's to come. One of our applicants, Pam Collins, received her album that night and spoke about her experience with Love Not Lost and what it's meant to their family. Here's just a small piece of what Pam shared,
When Georgia, from Circle of Friends, introduced me to Love Not Lost I was excited to apply for this opportunity. You get busy in your everyday life doing things for your parent and you forget to take pictures or don’t have your camera or phone ready to catch those special moments. To have a book made for you is a dream come true. Moments were created and captured with my Dad and family members that will be forever cherished and adored by all for years to come.
After hearing Pam share about her experience, we introduced our new grief empathy tools to empower and equip you - the greater community - to show up for the people in your life who are hurting. Everyone who attended got to go home with, the very first Love Not Lost support and empathy tools:
- The 1st "Moore Love" Empathy Card
- Gift A Session Certificate
- "How Can I Love You?" Care Card
These are coming soon on our website and we can't wait to get them into your hands too!
We are going to continue to develop resources to equip people to show up for their loved ones who are hurting as well as continue the growth of our photography program.
The week after the event, we held another photographer retreat and added five more photographer volunteers to our team! We also had our first meeting with the Northside Hospital Oncology leaders and have started partnering with their centers across the state to serve their stage 4 cancer patients. Our board of directors is also growing!
This wouldn't be possible without all of the awesome people who attended our event, those who gave generously to help us raise over $25,000, and our valued donors who have supported us throughout the year, especially those who give every month as our foundation builders.
Thank you for helping us grow to preserve memories for those facing a terminal diagnosis and supporting people in grief!
We are looking to host another photographer retreat this summer and will expand our partnerships as well. We have some more events planned throughout the year, so if you missed the event and still want to be involved, check our event page and follow us on social media @lovenotlostorg to stay in the know! If you're a fan of Love Not Lost, you can also be the first to know about things and have the inside look at what's going on by signing up for our newsletter.
Next year's event will be taking place on March 1, 2019 - so SAVE THE DATE!!! We hope you can join us for another incredible night to remember.