There is a lot to say about the Meatball Turkey Day Dinner Benefit that was held at the Center on Sunday, December 2nd, 2012.
One glance will tell you, what words can't.
I'm told that they way overtook their original predictions, and benefitted the Center's Senior Services at an all-time high.
You would think that the whole crowd has been friends together for years.
Well-run: THIS is how a benefit should be operated. It was TIGHT. No boring stretches, no random happenstance.
Our hostess Glitz, and LaRue, representing the Center's Senior Services.
Center: Mr. San Diego Leather 2012 Aaron,
Right: Mr. San Diego Leather 2010 Anthony.
Left: Anthony's boy G.
The long, long line for food, served up by eager volunteers.
Representatives from the Rodeo Association.
It's possible because of the deep level of trust that has been earned by many folks. We pass the baton to one person, then the next person steps up, and then they hand off to the next person. It's all intuitive, flexible, mellow and REALLY EFFECTIVE. Everybody goes home with a sense that they contributed to a really successful event - they all have a stake in the effort expended, so they can then own the triumphant result afterward.
Now that the younger generations are fully in charge, we're moving forward FAST. We've regained the momentum we had in the late 70's, and have now gone way beyond. I can't imagine where we will be in the next five or ten years.
Entertaining: As I have said elsewhere, I'm not somebody who actively seeks out drag performers for an evening's pleasure. Having said that, I would GLADLY bring a big crowd of my loved ones to be entertained by any or all of the lovely ladies who performed at the MBTDD benefit.
Glitz and the Sisters revved-up the crowd for the fundraiser.
They were all A-level pros, and I kept wishing for a much better camera to get more amazing shots.
That's my Master's Cap, full of cash. I collected it on Naomi's behalf, because she was doing a FLAWLESS performance of the classic "Single Ladies" choreography, which didn't leave her time to stop and thank folks for their generous donations to the Center.
In summation: I have been to all three Meatball Turkey Day Dinners. This holiday-season event has become a solid, dependable, inclusive, successful and majestic addition to San Diego's roster of annual traditions. I'm pretty certain that if we could somehow magically quadruple the size of the Center's main auditorium, it would be a cinch to fill it up just as full, next year. Everybody loves a winner, and at THIS event, everybody wins, and everybody gets to feel really good about being part of a thriving, successful community.
It's so nice to share such good news!