This was our fourth year supporting the Tutu Project’s mission to provide financial support to women and families battling breast cancer. It was truly an honor to meet them in person! They are just lovely people with their heart in the right place. Linda is still battling breast cancer and has been actively receiving chemo treatment for 9 years. After meeting her, it occurs to us that her positive attitude, and Bob’s loving support are the MAJOR reasons why she is still alive.
In a post before the event, we shared that our annual event supports the fight against breast cancer because the disease took the life of our beloved sister and aunt, Merrie Rieke. Bob and Linda are committed to supporting local charities in the area in which funds are raised through their organization. They thoroughly vet the organizations that receive funds through the Tutu Project to be sure of their legitimacy. They mentioned that money raised through our event may go to an organization they actively support, For 3 Sisters. This Maryland based organization was created by a firefighter who lost his three sisters in two years to breast cancer.
The Girls of Real Estate 10th Anniversary Breast Cancer Event Highlights
- $1100 in ticket sale/donations, and additional
- $1600 in personal donations, and our
- Nearly $8000 raised through the silent auction thanks to the generosity of many local businesses. Cook in Tuscany (Haymarket, VA) donated a one week culinary tour of Tuscany at a $3600 value. This item received the highest bid at the auction, $2600. The owner of Chestnut Forks (Warrenton, VA) donated one week at his private residence in Saint Maarten, the winning bid was $1700. Other items included: private group tours at wineries, restaurant gift cards, dog beds, scarfs, a painting, beach bike, and the Tutu Project donated a framed limited edition Tutu print from the Lincoln Memorial.
- The DC Transit band that played all three hours was amazing. The music was fun and current and lots of people enjoyed dancing on the patio.
THE GIRLS OF REAL ESTATE 10TH ANNIVERSARY BREAST CANCER Final thoughts
This was our first event at Poplar Springs Inn Spa and Manor House Restaurant and we found the management and staff to be extremely professional, gracious and outstanding supporters of our event. They are a talented and creative group that we proudly recommend for a wonderful dining experience or to host your private event. The food was amazing and guests loved the pastry chef’s delicious – all pink – desserts. Many on staff wore tutus as part of their uniform and we were so touched that the bartender crafted 3 pink cocktails for the event and donated all his tips to the Tutu Project.