Just to let all of you know, I will be at the Derby Day event hosted by Geno and Kathy Auriemma (aka My Parents) at Mohegan Sun next Saturday. I will be sporting the floppiest of the floppy hats. If you see me, feel free to come up and say hello, I promise you I’m a nice person.
I urge all of you to donate to the auction and bid on the items, which promise to be stellar. Items up for bid include tickets for Britney Spears’ concert at the casino, two invites to the Hall of Fame Ring Ceremony, and a basketball signed by the 2009 UCONN women’s basketball team. Proceeds from the live and silent auctions will go to the V Foundation through Dad’s organization, Geno’s Cancer Team.
This cause means a lot to my family, as my grandfather lost his battle with lung cancer twelve years ago. Also my dad was a great admirer of Jimmy V, and attended Kay Yow’s viewing. It’s interesting to note that the first ever paparazzi photo I’ve seen of Dad was when he was leaving the service. They always seem to catch people at the worst time, eh?
Even if you can’t donate, I still want to see you there. There promises to be great food and wine, and a lot of fun to be had with the running of the race. And it’s a casino, so there will be no shortage of fun things to do.
Personally, I want the Britney tickets. But I’m saving up my money, so we’ll see.
See you there…
EDIT: I am horribly sorry to add the following addendum: I completely forgot during the writing of this entry that my grandmother on my maternal side fought cancer for twenty years, only to succumb when I was three years old. I had thought Nana had emphysema, and therefore did not mention her. I apologize to Mom for leaving her out!