Guest Post: Tonight’s the Night! One Last Request…

3 12 2011

By Krist Rugh Kahl

Tonight’s THE night! Thank you all so very much for your stellar support of my bff Amy Rauch Neilson! People from all over the country and the world purchased sky lanterns for tonight’s event! We are truly humbled and Amy is in awe.

We are so excited for the Sky Lights of Love Benefit tonight at Van Buren Township Park!  Check-in is at 4:30 p.m. and lantern release is at 6:00 p.m. sharp! We are also blessed with unseasonably warm weather for this time of year in Michigan. Today’s forecast calls for mostly sunny skies and near 50 degrees! We have enjoyed some beautiful winter sunsets in recent days and we’re looking forward to another one tonight, in the minutes before lift-off!

You have all been incredibly generous, supportive and giving. But please help us by doing one more thing…

We are expecting a few hundred people to attend tonight. While we all know that Amy, with her warm and loving nature, would LOVE more than anything to hug each and every one of you tonight, her immune system is so low right now that this would be very dangerous for her. PLEASE do NOT hug or kiss Amy.  Instead, let’s all greet her with a fist pump to show our support and love for her.  She has not been able to have chemo treatments for a few weeks now due to her low blood counts, so we need to help her to get stronger so she can regain her ability to fight off any illness — especially now that we’re in the middle of cold and flu season.

We are looking forward to seeing all of you who can make it tonight as we release 120 pink ribbon lanterns and 30 memory lanterns. 150 points of light, fanning out over Belleville Lake and the surrounding communities. What an amazing sight the sky will be and so uplifting for Amy, for all of us, at this time of year.

Watch for future blogs as well as Amy’s Facebook fan page for photos and videos of tonight’s amazing event! (And while you are on her fan page, don’t forget to hit the “like”button if you haven’t already done so!)

Copyright 2011, Kristi Rugh Kahl



4 responses

3 12 2011

Can’t wait to see photos! Wish I could be there, but my lantern will be there for me. Love you, Sparky!

3 12 2011
Debbie V

Cannot wait to see the photos. Amy I hope you have a magical night with all of your loved ones. Debbie V.

3 12 2011

I wish I could have been there to light my mom’s lantern, but I got to spend time with her today which was even better! I know it will fly high just the same! Hope everyone there had a great night!

6 12 2011
margaret jarose

Hi from all in the Family ( Rauches) of course, who are all with you, floating with those lantern’s in to the nite sky, will be with you in thought & prayer..
aunt marg & uncle bob, suz, bob, val & kim., are with you. xoxoxo

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