We Joined The Ashland Fund Raiser Today
Chuck and Lisa invited us to be part of the 3rd Annual Comedy Fundraiser for Ashland Home at the Irvine Spectrum Imrpov and we had a great time. We asked our kids, Robin and Bob, to join us plus Donna, Bob, and Mike. The Roberts had to cancel at the last minute as the chemo was affecting the white blood cells meaning... stay away from crowds! We so understand!
The purpose of the Ashland Home is to provide a safe and caring environment for women to get sober with dignity and build a foundation for recovery.
At the last minute, Chuck asked if we would take some pictures and of course, all I had was the iPhone so here is what we got. Please enjoy.
Right off the 405 at the Irvine Spectrum
Even the lobby has drawing prizes...
Chuck & Lisa have been busy!
Up the ramp and into the darkened theater
We arrive right on time... Ahead of the crowd!
The drawing prizes were all lined up!
Chuck & Lisa worked all night long getting them ready!
They were viewable from the front row!
Tickets were to be placed into the individual boxes
and drawn at the end of the comedy show
Checking everything out!
Every table was full
Ashland Home Vision - We strive to be a model for alcoholic women to get and stay sober and lead happy productive lives, where they are reunited with their families, involved in their communities and giving back what was given to them.
Chuck & Lisa did a magnificent job! It's a lot more work than
it may appear to make everything just right!
Which one did you pick???
Robin and Bob enjoy their meal
Mike flashes the "All Clear"
All Clear twice I guess
Donna and Bob... Always a joy to be around!
Sue and Robin...Enjoying the grape!
You can her the gobbling sounds... Must get ready for the show!
The prizes await for the post show drawing
OMG...Even the box office is loaded!
We scamper back up the ramp and head for our booth
The Ashland story video is underway
We are ready
Our hosts explain the afternoon's events
Thirty seconds are up... pass the mike!
Lisa explains about the fund raiser
Chucks just wants the mike back!
The comedians begin
We honored their request today
Did You Know About Billy Gardell - William Gardell (born August 20, 1969) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, game show host and voice artist. Gardell played Chicago police officer Mike Biggs on Mike & Molly. He also had a recurring role as Billy Colivida on Yes, Dear and appeared in a dozen episodes of My Name Is Earl as a police officer. Gardell voiced Santa in Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas, as well as starring on Sullivan & Son in the recurring role of Lyle Winkler.
The show has ended ...Now for the drawings
Ashland Home History - Ashland Home's doors opened on Ashland Drive in 1998 thanks to a group of women with a vision to provide a facility in Orange County that provides support and loving care at no charge to alcoholic women.
The envelope please...
...and the winner is....
Calling the number again...
Lisa works hard in the background
Another number is called
"Where are my glasses?"
Check was an auctioneer in his previous life
Did You Know? - Auction chant (also known as "bid calling", "the auction cry", "the cattle rattle", or simply "auctioneering") is a rhythmic repetition of numbers and "filler words" spoken by auctioneers in the process of conducting an auction. The chant consists of at least the current price and the asking price to outbid. Auctioneers typically develop their own style, and competitions are held to judge them. Outside of auctions, the chant has been the subject of music and used in commercials and film.
Always a surprise!
Looking for the next winner!
A view from the top!
We will have a lot of winners today!
Ashland Home Philosophy - Ashland Home embraces the concept that alcoholism is a disease that requires a 12-step program of recovery in order to achieve the opportunity to enjoy an improved level of function in all areas of life.
That a definite No-Way!
Cleaning products.... Mike gets to stay afterwards
and help clean up the place!
He is looking for two volunteers
Did You Know? - For more than 20 years, Ashland Home has been providing women struggling with alcoholism a loving, safe space to get sober and start a new life, at no charge. Women who come to us broken and drowning in sorrow and despair find a welcoming and supportive environment — a home rather than a facility or institution.
Our philosophy is that of one alcoholic helping another. Women who are struggling to get through a day without alcohol can often relate better to someone new than to someone who has been sober for many years. These women know exactly what the new woman is going through and are there to get her through those tough first nights.
After 30 days, women can move into one of the beds at our sober living homes. Women can stay there up to a year at a nominal charge. In sober living, the women begin to reconnect with their families and communities while learning to give to others what has been given to them.
Currently, the ability to meet the needs of women who want to get sober far outpaces our capacity. Ashland is a critical lifeline for women who want to get sober. All of our funding comes from individuals, the business community, family foundations and local charities. Ashland receives no money from government/public funding sources and accepts no insurance.
To get help, please call 949-460-0375