What a great day we had on September 15 at the DJ Bakie School which was the Reach the Beach Transition Station Number 31. We owe so many people a huge thank you for making this event so much fun!
First off, a special thank you to the many, many generous food donations we received from our Bakie families. Thank you all for being so accommodating in dropping off your donations either at the school, Jess’s house, or at my house at some pretty early or late hours. We appreciate you all going out of your way to help make our Bakie events successful! Kristin Wallace and Chrysty Bolte: you both continue to impress me with your baking spread, it is truly artistry!
Thanks to our loyal veterans, Kristin Kilimonis, Gera Bowen, Sheryl Holt, Amy Bencze and Julie Blomberg, who helped us with a very early set-up and stayed for the early runner shift.
To Ami Faria, Lisa Reilly, Katie Gibby, Jean O’Kane, Kristin McNulty, Beth Scanlon, and Bobbi McClellan who are also die-hard veterans and who worked the busiest shift, I thank you for moving those vans through the lots so quickly and efficiently! Bobbi, I think you have an official post next year based on how much fun you were having this year!
We had a lot of new moms sign on for this event this year and, based on their reactions, I know they will be back next year! Thank you to Alison Theberge, Ruth Woodworth, Jennifer Petri, Karrie Eaton, Jennifer Dangas, Deirdre Lyder, and Paula Mahoney who just stopped by to cheer on our own Michelle Thomas and ended up staying through clean-up, five hours later!
To Nicole Bergeron-Manson, Anita Fowler and their Girl Scouts who helped us not only in the snack tent but made sure our vans followed their route around the seminary so they could park easily and then be on their way when they were ready to move again. We have big plans for you girls next year as we hear a lot of you do cheering so you will be our official cheering section next year!
A big thank you to Monique Sands who ran our food tent all day and to Shannon Varney for your patience - while supervising everyone in the snack tent!
Special, special thanks to our Bakie teachers who join us every year: Mrs. Klemarczyk, Mrs. Bamforth, and Mrs. Rutherford, who were all sent out into the trenches this year and did a great job! Marianne, you may be moved up to a co-chair with Jess and I next year! Thank you Lindsay Lanzer, Kristin Shepperd, and Nels Tooker who supervised the afternoon shift of the snack tent but also had the daunting task of taking down the snack tent and loading all the supplies into our cars. Thank you very much!
And last but certainly not least to Jess Friedman and Kelli Giles who were my partners in crime for this event. Jess: you did another ten hour day pacing the runners and Kelli who not only helped Jess with clocking the runners you ran back and forth all day helping us warm up food and replenish our drinks! Love you guys!
To our little helpers in the snack tent, the Varney family, the Reilly girls, the Bencze family, Jimmy Scanlon, Lilly Gibby, and our girl scouts, you all did great and got us a lot of money with your beautiful smiles!
To Maddie Friedman and Elle Ash for being our snack tent managers and keeping everything running smoothly we thank you! Good Job!
And I must make a special call out to our 4th graders, Izzy and Kenzie Giles, along with Maddie Friedman who worked the entire day! These girls were there from 7:00 in the morning until the very end at 5:00 at night, stocking coolers, running back and forth filling food, throwing out trash in the back of the school and basically just doing anything that needed to get done. These girls worked their tails off! I am so proud of you!
As we wrap up this event we hope you will continue to support the Bakie events any way you can and please look forward to the next upcoming event, the Spooktacular in October!
Reach the Beach
D.J. Bakie School PTA