Sorry for the delay in posting - our most recent big event at work is over, and now I am back in the land of the living.
It seemed to go over very well - no one noticed the typical behind-the-scenes funny business, such as...
- The legislator who showed up at the wrong dinner, but decided to stay (why don't we ever charge these people?)
- The person who e-mailed me when I was already at the hotel and the tables were already set up, wanting a seat...
- The board member who was arranging and rearranging tables up until a couple of hours before the event.
- The volunteer who demanded to talk to me about next month's event because "the dinner's going on now, so what's the problem?" (I am in charge of it from start to finish, including seating absent-minded legislators.)
- The honored guest who forgot he was supposed to ask people to give us money (my boss reminded him.)
And there are ALWAYS the people who know they are being a big pain in the ass - such as the person who wanted to buy a ticket 15 minutes before we left to set things up - but begin their e-mails with, "I am really sorry to ask, but..." Or, "I know this is at the last minute, but..."
You're not sorry, you know it's last minute. I'd much rather you tell me, "I'm being a pain in the ass, but I have cash and you work for a nonprofit, and you will feed me!" You know, kind of like the Sleveen, in a weird kind of way. (That didn't work for you? Oh never mind.)
Despite some circumstances out of our control (the biggest dinner in town scheduled for the same night, after we had picked ours), we filled the room. Our emcee, a local news guy, was hilarious - even more hilarious was the steady stream of middle-aged women hitting on him, when he clearly didn't shop on their side of the street! Well, wine will do that.
Funny enough, despite all kinds of accommodations (vegan, allergies, diets, etc.), enough wasn't enough for one of my sponsor's guests. Given the choice between salmon and risotto, he said, "Can't I just get a hamburger?" (At a $125-a-ticket fundraiser.)
And she replied, "No! NO, YOU CANNOT HAVE A HAMBURGER!"
But we all know it would have been better if she said something like the title, don't you think?
One person who did come through was Mr. RK, my tireless volunteer. He can has cheezburger.