Where did the summer go? It feels like it just started. We have been planning an excellent continuation of 2012, The YEAR OF THE GIRL, with a number of kick-off events in various areas throughout the fall.
I want to highlight one of these special events we are trying for the first time this year -- Tailgating for a Cause, on Friday evening, August 24, at the Opelika Events Center. It is an adult event, which we don't do too many of, but this is one for that weekend of many events. A little over a year ago we left the United Way in that area with the Boy Scouts because our funding was cut in half annually. We went from $30,000 to $5,000 in a three-year period. When you factor in the amount of time and paperwork maintaining the United Way relationship costs, there was no money left to actually fund the girls in Lee County, which is a strong supportive Scouting community. Since we no longer receive United Way funding in that community, we thought we would try a joint fund raiser there, so we are teaming up with the Chattahoochee Boy Scouts to have an evening of fun and an auction. The event is free, but will include a cash bar, which is why it is an adults only event. Babysitting will be provided at the Girl Scout hut for a nominal fee.
We have some great items for the live and silent auction, including a motorcycle, scooter, trailer, Yeti cooler, Big Green Egg, two Gulf Shores condominiums for a weekend, a week-long stay at a large house on Dauphin Island, a weekend hotel and entertainment package in Mobile with tickets to many sites there, among many others. We want to invite all those of you who want to come out and support Scouting. We hope this will become an annual event in that area to replace funds that we aren't receiving from those who want to support us. Plan on coming and bring some friends. We are asking that you register ahead of the event by calling 1-800-239-6636. Bring your money, and tailgate for a cause!
The next day we have a morning of fun for the kids. The Thin Mint Sprint, a set of races and runs for those expert runners at your household and for those who just enjoy exercising, will be held at Cary Woods Elementary School in Auburn. This is a sanctioned run, so this event does require advance registration. Girl Scouts may use the Event Registration form; non-Girl Scouts can register at http://www.active.com/running/auburn-al-al/girl-scout-5k-and-1-mile-thin-mint-sprint-2012. . If you have questions, call us at 800-239-6636.
We will have all sorts of family fun at Cary Woods Elementary School. Plan on coming to Opelika and Auburn for a fun-filled family weekend!