Less Can Still be More of a Good Thing: Post-Festival Thoughts, Thank-yous from the Fall Festival 2011 Chair

The MLWGS Fall Festival is a gathering place: a community fulcrum that continues to bind us together.  A  beloved school celebration, Fall Festival inspires music, fun, fellowship, food, and unfortunately for this year’s 2011 Fall Festival  -- rain!  Despite the rain disruption, logistical upheaval, and the disappointingly abrupt end to the Entertainment, however, … we still packed the lawn with over 64 booths, 22 Entertainment Acts and 6 new clubs, filling it with an immense gathering of our Green Dragon Family and Friends:  from faculty to administration to students, siblings, parents, grandparents and assorted relatives, neighbors and our loyal alumni. 
The 2011 Fall Festival drew an estimated 750 to 1,000 spectators who spent almost $14,100.00 in support of student clubs & organizations. The Fall Festival continues to be the MLWGS signature “International” event.  Epicurean delights from around the world, and globally inspired foods create the culinary excursion.  It is a veritable sensory surplus of games, activities, and music … a masterpiece of mingling parents and peers from eleven different regional localities.
As the 2011 Fall Festival Chair, I had the privilege of working with a group of volunteer co-chairs who were tireless in their commitment to excellence and driven by a passion for the art of building community within the Maggie L., Walker Governor’s School.  This volunteer committee of 14 parents choreographed, collaborated, organized, fundraised, and brought multitasking to a veritable art form!  A HUGE THANK YOU to ALL of YOU!    
As one of my favorite authors wrote;
                     Don't cry because it's over.  Smile because it happened.”
                                                                                      Dr. Seuss
I Extend My Humble Gratitude and Full Acknowledgement to the Following:
    The MLWGS families who lent their coolers, generators, tents, cords & more!
Richmond Waste Services for donating and delivering all of the trash receptacles
Cox Transportation Company for delivery and use of their trailer for the stage
James River Bus Lines for parking
Sunbelt Rentals for discounting rentals of lighting
Lowe’s Short Pump for offering substantial discounts off the purchase of tents
Special Olympics for delivery and use of multiple tents and coolers
Pepsi-Co for delivery and use of two large rolling coolers
The MLWGS PTSA for authorizing capital equipment purchases
The Richmond City Police Department
Senior Class families for their generous sponsorship of the Moon-Bounce
The Environmental Club for its commitment to keeping MLWGS Green
Parent Mary Call, students Jeremy Teller & Ryan Williams for assisting with large item delivery
The Carroll (Seth ’13) and Davenport (Mason ’14) families for their sponsorship of the light rentals
The Wong family for donating pop-up tents to the PTSA
Nick Reemes, senior VCU Kinetic Imaging student, for setting up the live video feed and the VCU Kinetic Imaging Department for loan of their equipment
The MLWGS Security and Maintenance Staff, specifically Mr. Irwin Charles
2011 PTSA executive board members Julie Weissend, Sandy Furman, Brad Earley, and Lisa Hatcher Byles for their support and assistance
And, last but by no means least, I wish to thank the incredibly hardworking, dedicated members of the 2011 Fall Festival Committee:
Susan Akers, Booths & Student Clubs
Charlie Aldridge, Setup & Logistics
Charles Byles, Security
JoAnne Kaperick, Volunteers
Kelly Keck, Festival Treasurer
Paige Kerr, Entertainment
Kathy Myers and Cyrenne Hubbard, Drink Sales
Jennifer Tarry, Publicity
Francine Ward, Cleanup

With deep appreciation,   Ann Majors-HilesMLWGS Fall Festival 2011 Chair