By Susan MacLaury, Executive Director
As one of our board members so aptly put it the day after our 10th anniversary party: “Oh what a night!”
It was a night that saw more than 130 of our closest friends and supporters join us to celebrate this wonderful journey that began in the spring of 2005 when Albie and I first decided to start Shine Global. Many who attended had been with us from the very start. Others joined us along the way, some only very recently, and all are meaningful to us.
We had a wonderful band – the Stingers – who rocked it. We had a terrific silent auction put together by a former board member and good friend. We had a great party-planning committee to help Alex, Kiana, and me make this happen. More than a dozen young volunteers came out that night to help us with everything from checking coats to dispensing gift bags to running out for 60 lb. of ice at the last minute!
And most meaningfully, we had a chance to thank some of the young people who were the subjects of our films as well as the directors, cinematographers and editors who brought their stories to life. I think all who attended would agree that they were the highlight of the evening.
So thank you all – those of you who were able to come and those who joined us in spirit. Albie and I are grateful for every one of you and we look forward to what the future brings.