Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Wayside Center is Pizzalicious!

I have spent the better part of the last month or so raising money for the Wayside Center For Popular Education. As part of their first annual fundraiser, The Wayside Cup the Center invited people to form teams and find creative ways to raise money and then participate in a field day event. The team with the most points would win.

I formed Team Totally Awesome, and I have to say we were off to a great start. As team captain I pledged to raise $1000 and we made over $500 at our first fund raising event- a Cut-A-Thon hosted by the lovely ladies at Salon Bleu in Richmond.

Next we had a very successful bake sale at the South of the James Farmer's Market. We parked our bake sale boat right next to our friends and teammates from Root Force Collective Farm. It was another success and that night we celebrated at the benefit show where B.Ultra & Basic (pictured), Pixeltank, and El Radon played their amazing music. Some very skilled hula hoopers from RVA HoOp Lovers also performed. On this lovely day we made close to $300.

This is when Jeff Winder and I made a side bet. If Jeff's team, Nelson County Nirvana, raised more money that Team Totally Awesome, I would have to throw Jeff and his team a pizza party! If we won (which at the time seemed very likely) then Jeff would be throwing a pizza party for Team Totally Awesome.

Well my friends, it got down to the wire and we were very close. Jeff used my pizza skills to lure people into donating more money and in the end NCN raised $1,100 and TTA raised $1,020. That $80 lead means that I will be heading back to the Wayside Center to make pizza for Jeff. TTA May have gotten to $1,000 first, but believe it or not we actually came in 3rd place for money raised. Congrats to the Peanut Gallery from DC for raising $1,500! And congrats to DC Strikeforce for winning the Wayside Cup with the most points from the field day events, which included a scavenger hunt, three-legged race, water balloon toss, spelling bee, trivia, karaoke, tug of war, and an insane pie eating contest (in which the Tidewater Radnecks totally dominated).

The rest of the weekend was an incredible gathering of new and old friends, bonfires, hiking along train tracks, music and delicious food. I can't wait for the 2011 Wayside Cup. Also, I met a puppy.

I'm SO proud of my team, Emily, Kontra, and Laura, for working so hard and exceeding our goal. I'm really proud of all the teams that participated and worked to raise money to keep the Wayside Center going. We all raised over $8,000 in total, which feels really great.

We'll work out a Team Totally Awesome/Nelson County Nirvana pizza party and report back to you Pizzalicious Fans. In the mean time, There is still a lot of work to be done and money to be raised for the Wayside Center so check out their calendar of events and see if there is a conference you would like to attend or head over to the donation page and contribute what you can to support this radical place.

Watch this video to learn more.

The Wayside Center celebrates its inauguration // El Centro Wayside celebra su inauguraciĆ³n from J LAW on Vimeo.

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