Friday night was the VIP dinner for the Tour de Cure Colorado riders that raised upwards of $1000. Going to this dinner, well, going to Denver was very much like going home, I know enough people that it’s like going home to family after moving far away and then coming back to visit. I got to see many faces that I haven’t seen in a while, some since May, some since March, and some that I’ve not seen since last August.
This was the first VIP dinner that I’ve ever gone to for a Tour de Cure. I bypassed last year’s VIP dinner at the Colorado Tour de Cure to go spend time with my Grandma. This year she was with me again, but the dinner allowed for me +1, so Grams came with me.
I had to dress business casual, and while that’s not one of my favorite ways to dress, I do clean up nicely (if I do say so myself) and I did look much better than if I’d shown up in surf shorts and a polo shirt. There was lots of mingling, visiting with people I hadn’t seen in a while, and meeting new people. I didn’t pay much attention to the food because I’m not much of a buffet type of person, so I just took some cooked veggies, some fruit, and some yummily covered (most likely full of sugar) chicken (I had no clue what it was, but it was good).
There was an ice breaker at the tables, little cards laid out with questions that we could all answer. My table got hung up chatting fairly early so I’m not exactly sure that we ever got around to really reading what was on the little cards. But in my opinion, that’s a good thing. I’d say that I got lucky sitting at a chatty table, plus we sat with Steve and Linda which gave me a leg up because I already knew them.
Eventually, we got down to business and speakers came up, etc. Tami told us all about the numbers, she’s big on numbers but that’s really a good thing because we (the Tour de Cure Colorado) have the goal of becoming the number 1 Tour de Cure in the country. Last year we were number 4 and it’s kindof a crime for me to speak of the number 1 tour (ahem, Napa), but one day (one day soon), we’ll surpass them. As of the VIP dinner, we had already made it to the 3rd spot. We were over $550,000 and had almost 2000 riders I think. So Tami encouraged us to keep on raising (because we still have 2 weeks and we’re a highly competitive group) so that we could beat the current second place tour…(But I don’t remember what the amount was).
Then (and this is very important) we recognized our committee members. Now, here’s what I’ve learned, behind every great Tour de Cure, is a great committee, it is the committee members that pull these things together. I had the opportunity to sit in on a committee meeting back in May and the amount of stuff that these people are doing, it’s amazing. I didn’t realize all that goes into making a Tour de Cure happen, and I know that I still don’t have the full picture, but I have a small one:
Oh, at some point, we got medals depending on how much we had raised. I got a pretty nice medal, it’s silver. I was part of the “silver spokes” peeps for raising a grand. I don’t have pictures yet, but when I do, I’ll write about that. In the meantime, there’s more important stuff to write about
After we watched this movie:
Mari got up and talked a little about herself and the Red Rider program, but really, that is all a blur because she did something at the end that left me with goosebumps for a good 5 or so minutes and really made me a bit emotional.
She asked that if we were a diabetic we stand up, and we did, there were quite a few of us, at least one at each table, and sometimes 2 or 3. And then, everyone clapped for us. It was the strangest thing ever. It’s not the kind of thing that you typically get recognized for, having diabetes. But we were recognized and honored. And that is very much the essence of the Red Riders. I still get goosebumps just thinking about those few minutes.
I did get a picture with Matt Vogel (a fellow diabetic), Dan Holt (not a diabetic because he can’t get anyone to take his pancreas out but I did offer), and Joe (another fellow diabetic and also one of my heroes).
It was a good night and when it was all said and done, I was so wound up, that I had to go for a short jog to get all my energy out before I could go to bed and finish preparing for my ride in the 2008 Tour de Cure Colorado!