What an amazing weekend it was for our 2nd Annual Planet Unity Earth Day Celebration! With our Friday night kick-off of live music from local musicians and our own Unity Band, we had a full tent and had to put out more chairs. The energy was fabulous!
We topped that off with a full day Saturday. More live music entertained us and local speakers informed us concerning environmental issues and what we can do to be more conscious and help save our species – the theme for this year’s Earth Day. Thanks to generous donations we were able to provide delicious local, grass-fed beef made by Amy Burnett and mostly local, organic ingredients for Mexican style food cooked and prepared by Sue Hilsabeck-Huber, as well as a variety of Italian dishes donated by Bambino’s. Thank you to all of you who made the yummy, homemade desserts to top it off.
This year people came in a steady stream and stayed. They stayed to listen to the music and speakers, they shared food, drinks and conversation under tents, they visited the variety of vendors, rested in the grass, and bought plants and yard sale items. Mitch Brashers entertained and gave the entire event a wonderful flow as the MC. The kids played, made crafts and had their faces painted at the Giggle Bus, and folks commented on what a great event it was.
The amount of appreciation we have for all those who were involved in this event is immeasurable. Lisa Landrigan and Amy Burnett were the driving force that brought this event to life: they were involved with every aspect. Members of the committee who spent countless hours in a variety of areas are Paul Day - Food Organization (and so much more) and Sue Hilsabeck-Huber - Food, Donna Hemann - Advertising, Lisa Hogan- Facebook Page, Vendors and lots more, Carolyn Clark - Vendors, John Russ - Entertainment, Dan DeCarlo - Plant Sale and Logistics, Jessica Quinn - Yard Sale, Simone Hite - Insurance, Permits and Alcohol, Mary Hilsabeck-Huber - Activities. We had such a beautiful array of volunteers who showed up and helped, some lending a hand for a few moments, some spent days getting things ready. Others came the day of the event and spent all day or several hours. JoLynn Higgins spent the day doing live stream and video. I heard over and over from people attending about how kind and helpful the volunteers were.
As an outreach and fundraising event, the weekend was a tremendous success thanks to our people. We raised over $4,800 for the church and as Unity of Springfield, we reached out to our community in a big way, sharing our desire to make the world a better place by being kinder to the environment and by showing up as who we are, by showing up as love. I know those of us who volunteered felt it and I know those who attended felt it. It was magical!
Namaste, My Friends,
President of the Board of Directors