I was amazed at the generosity of the people in Auburn, some of whom came up to our booth and simply handed us a five, ten or a twenty dollar bill simply because they knew it was going to a good cause. I applaud those good hearted people in Auburn!

For any of you pirate lovers out there who happened to see Pirates of the Caribbean, you’ll recognize “parlay” as a request for an audience with someone in charge. Verity recently ‘parlayed’ into Auburn’s business showcase, the Good Old Days, as friendly pirates offering something to everyone strolling by our Pirate Booth.
The theme this year, Auburn on Parade, presented our branch with an opportunity to continue with our Pirate Power theme from earlier in the year. We handed out pirate flags, treasures from the pirate treasure chest, bags of booty to little pirates and colorful beads to the young and young at heart.

This year our goal was not only to be present at Auburn’s premiere event as a community outreach function, but also to raise awareness and money for Auburn’s less fortunate children who attend Terminal Park School.

kenressa_goodoldaysAlthough we had a fabulous raffle for a Pirate Ship and a Harry and David gourmet gift basket to raise money for Terminal Park, I was amazed at the generosity of the people in Auburn, some of whom came up to our booth and simply handed us a five, ten or a twenty dollar bill simply because they knew it was going to a good cause. I applaud those good hearted people in Auburn!

The winners of our drawings surprisingly, were both children: Dakota and Nicole. Both were thrilled to win, and although the treats were very nice for Dakota and his family, the pirate ship was the main prize he was hoping for. Fortunately, there was a website I could provide to Dakota’s Mom in case he put the pirate ship on the list to Santa. Nicole, the fairer of our winners, was none the less very familiar with the pirate life, having been a member of a pirate crew in her classroom at school last year. Nicole was heard saying that winning the pirate ship was “the highlight of her summer”.

We successfully raised a respectable amount for Terminal Park and made our mark at the Good Old Days. Our pirate gear and goodies put away till next year, we parlayed our way in to the Auburn Community and the Good Old Days of summer fun.

Melanie Mosshart

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