Topic: 2nd Annual Memorial Silent Auction Benefit Update

Hello Everyone,
Well, here in New Hampshire I have been very busy preparing for the 2nd Annual Memorial Silent Auction Benefit - and it will be even busier for the next two and a half weeks working up to the Benefit, which is October 26th. This year the Benefit will again be in loving memory of my Jacques, who lost his battle with cholangiocarcinoma on November 10, 2007 and I am honored to also honor Becki Mignogna, from Manchester, NH, who lost her battle on January 17, 2013. Becki's son Rob is co-chairing this event with me - and let me tell you - I truly know that my path in life was meant to meet up with Rob - he is amazing. This years Benefit is going to be bigger and better than last year.
I will admit, it is a lot of work and entails organization and dedication - but knowing that we are raising money for such an amazing foundation - makes it all worth while. If anyone ever wants to talk to me to help them with a fundraiser - please feel free to email me. I will post an update after the event - although it may be 2 weeks after the event - as the week after the event, I will be traveling to Washington, DC to represent all of you and CCF at the AASLD - The Liver Meeting, November 1 - 4.
Although cholangiocarcinoma took the love of my life, my best friend, my Jacques - it has made me one very determined woman - who will never stop fighting the fight to find a C.U.R.E for cholangiocarcinoma. The one way I know I can help is by hosting this fundraiser to raise money to help with the much needed research. I am truly blessed to have such a supportive family and a huge support system of friends - who are always there for me and always willing to help - and also for bringing Becki Mignogna's son, Rob into my life and getting him involved - which he is so willing and ready to do. Here is what we have so far that will be on the Silent Auction tables for all of our guests to bid on (and bid high, is my wish).
$100. Gift certificate to Super Wok Restaurant, Londonderry
Two $50. Gift certificates to Super Wok Restaurant, Londonderry
Night on the town in a 14 person stretch limo
Wine tasting Party $250 value – Zorvino Vineyards
Life of your car Alignment – Firestone, Manchester
Coach Weekender Bag
Children's Books
NE Patriot's Alex & Ani Bracelet
20  Theme Baskets  (there actually will be many more of these) – Various value
Bruins tickets donated - January 14th vs Toronto - Loge 11 - Row 6 - Seats 15 & 16 . Face Value is     $105/each. Donated by Bernard Thompson of Thompson Motor Group
71 Piece Make up Collection in a Pink quilted travel case.
Teeth Whitening ($500 Value)
Trader Joes gift "sack" full of various goodies from their store
"Picnic Pack" Backpack with items for a picnic (i.e.: silverware, cloth napkins, a wine holder, etc)
Philips "Sonicare" toothbrush pack $70 Value
Philips "Airfloss" high powered flosser $100.
Gift Card for a Massage valued at $100
Gift Certificate (worth $150) for a woman's cut/color from Ame' Salon in Nashua, NH
Autographed/Framed Terry O'Reilly (Bruins) photograph
Gift Card “tree”. Gift cards for various denominations and locations. 
Visa gift card with a "mystery value of at least $100)
Stihl leaf blower $200 dollars value

My thoughts and prayers are always with all of you, my cholangiocarcinoma family.
Hugs from Beautiful New Hampshire - it is absolutely beautiful right now with our foliage,

Re: 2nd Annual Memorial Silent Auction Benefit Update

I have to add that the Children's Books were donated by beautiful 5 year old grandson, Brayden (he is such an old soul) - he told me that he had to donate these books (as I bought the same ones for him last year) for "his Papi's fundraiser". My darling, Brayden, never had the honor of meeting his Papi, but my daughter was carrying him in the final stages of Jacques life and Jacques spent many hours listening to Brayden's heartbeat with a stethoscope -  I KNOW that my Brayden and his Papi are totally connected.

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Thank you so much for bringing awareness and funding to this terrible disease.  You could have mourned the loss of your beloved, Jacques and moved on with your life without being involved with this foundation anymore.  But you chose to fight for all of us and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for doing this.

You are one amazing woman!

Peace & Love,

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Hi Barbara, I know you are going to have a huge success because of your dedication, love and determination. How nice that you now have Rob to help this exceed last year's fabulous event. My goodness but your  Silent Auction items reads like a Department Store. Are you going to have News Coverage in some form? I also want to thank you for attending the Liver Meeting in DCA. And what do you do in your spare time. Wait, I know, you are playing with Brayden! Again thank you for all you do, NH is beautiful now, Fall is beautiful but most of all you are beautiful!


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Barbara...what an incredible line-up you have prepared.  I so much wish to be there with you and your friends. Your loyality, your hard work behind the scene, and your incredible passion has benefitted not only the foundation but also the patient community at large.  Thank you, dear Barbara.  You are a very special person.


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Hi Barbara,

My thanks to you for organising this and I am sure that it will be a great success! What a line up of items that you have on offer! I am sure that it must be so time consuming for you ad Rob to do this but hopefully it will go great and be a fun event as well. Hope that the night is a roaring success and my thnaks to you once again. So looking forward to hearing how it goes and hopefully there will be some pictures as well!



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Hi Barbara,
I would like to contact you to find out how to help with or donate/ participate in your fundraiser. I live in MA not too far from Manchester NH and lost my brother a week and a half ago to CC. Please let me know how I can help.

Mike, you will live on in our hearts and memories forever...

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Hello Oceangirl,
I am so sorry for your loss. I totally understand the pain you are going through. I would love for you to be at the 2nd Annual Benefit. It is going to be an amazing night to raise awareness of Cholangiocarcinoma and to honor those we love. I would love to include your brother in this benefit. You can email me at:
Hugs to you,