A Backward Glimpse at Benevolence

September 14, 2012 at 10:26 AM Leave a comment

Throughout the year, in preparation for its one end-of-summer  fundraising event, LCC  makes  a heartfelt request to the community and beyond, for people to combine their resources and abilities to assist Las Campanas Compadres—a charity whose focus is to provide year-round therapeutic activities for people of all ages who have disabilities.

LCC’s annual Labor Day fundraising weekend is a prime example of the culmination of countless hours invested by many generous people working together and united by a loving and benevolent spirit.

The first weekend of September, 2012, Las Campanas Compadres’ year-long and multi-faceted plan unfurled. It’s focus was to coordinate one of the most successful annual fundraising events in its five-year history.

That special weekend arrived with radio interviews already broadcast, mini-tri volunteers rounded up, and Andie Talmadge and her team of “FIT FUNdamentals” organizers putting together the final details as operations control of the  Fourth Annual LCC Mini-triathlon. Anticipation was growing as the 130 online registrants for the mini-tri events were organized into team or individual participant status. The physical gates and road signs were trucked to the main site of the LCC 2012 Mini-triathlon.  Participant packets were prepared and snacks were purchased for race day. The Las Campanas Compadres concierge was busy confirming all reservations to seat LCC supporters at  red-checked covered tables for the Sunday evening pre-race pasta dinner.

On the evening of Sunday, September 2, the Torreon’s lovely mingling/dining space opened to an eye-pleasing view of the mountains and the Las Campanas golf course green.  The Pasta Party guests enjoyed one another’s company, the decor of the setting, and the perfect balminess of the evening.  Chef Andrew outdid himself with a scrumptious buffet offering a dual choice of pasta dishes, a snappy and flavorful broccoli, a mountainous fresh caesar salad; and not one, but two, delicious dessert finales: Mexican brownies and strawberries with zabaglione cream. After dinner, Lawrence Becerra  appropriately thanked sponsors and faithful supporters of LCC who have stood with the Becerras to keep the programs equipped, manned, and fully functional. LCC board member, George Collins’ outstanding image/music slide show played throughout the evening featuring LCC participants and volunteers. It tugged at hearts and aptly illustrated the positive impact of LCC’s efforts. Inspiring speeches by LCC participants, John (Mad Dog) Romero and Christian Woodard  expressed what the LCC programs mean to them,  and prompted tears and standing ovations to round out the celebratory evening.

As early as sunrise on Monday, September 3, organizers, volunteers, athletes, and friend-and-family cheerleaders gathered at the Las Campanas Pool and Tennis Club.  Swimmers, bicyclists, and runners lined up at volunteer-manned tables for check-in to receive their numbers, time-keeping ankle chips, and readied participant satchels which held sponsor-donated LCC-logoed caps, t-shirts, and water bottles.

Yellow-shirted volunteers were placed at their many posts throughout the Las Campanas property, along biking and running routes to maintain safety at the event.  The mini-tri athletes found their starting places as the 8 a.m. swim event began the Labor Day morning of competition and fun.

The enthusiasm of all those there to race for the LCC cause, or to cheer on the athletes, was heightened by Chad, the event’s professional announcer. High-energy background music added to the exhilarating atmosphere.  Smiles abounded and the excitement was palpable throughout the events as people took part or witnessed LCC’s Fourth Annual Mini-triathlon.

When the last runners crossed the finish line, LCC students were given medals for taking part in the swimming, biking or running events. Beautifully crafted awards were given to top-scoring mini-tri teams and best-time individuals. Several gathered to eat together at the end-of-event picnic lunch.  Picnickers enjoyed grilled  hot dogs and hamburgers discussing the morning events and the bright future of LCC programs, while listening to background Flamenco music on the grassy area beyond the outdoor pool.

Many thanks go out to all of you who gave of yourselves and contributed in any one of several ways to make the Labor Day Mini-Tri weekend such a success.  It is your contributions of energy, talents, time, and financial support throughout the year which keep the no-fee Las Campanas Compadres riding and swimming programs available to people with special needs in the Santa Fe community.

Entry filed under: Annual Mini Triathlon, community volunteering, Families of LCC, Fundraising for non-profit group. Tags: , , , .

Mini-Tri 2012—Thanks from Lawrence and Suzanna Mini-Tri 2012 Photos and Results are on the LCC Website!

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