Dance Marathon, Thank You!!!

Dance Marathon thankyou

Courtney Gallop writes

Highest congratulations to Gail Sonnesso, Laura Howard, Louanne Hegge, Mike
Kelly, and our FIRST marathon winners! GEM once again found a way to rally
the community around our seniors with music and dance. This was a first-time,
risky proposition, and a small group of incredibly committed and passionate
people pulled it off marvelously. It was so worth it! Thank God for the goodness
of our community working together!

event Chairperson, Laura Howard Writes

The Carpe DM Marathon Team would like to Thank our incredibly generous SPONSORS:
Kelly's Tavern, Gallop Funeral Services, Outer Banks real Estate,
Outer Banks Eye Care, Jolly Roger, Jane Webster, Ron DeVeau Pc, Attorney at Law,
Island XperTees,Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, Tanger Outlets,
Dare County Arts Council, Ravra Productions, Coastal Impressions & Max
Radio! ~ The businesses consistently give back to the community, they rise to
the occasion every time! You make this Island not just our home, but a haven, a
sanctuary of care and camaraderie. We are so humbly grateful for your
contributions, that enable us to serve those living with dementia, and offer
programming through The GEM Center!

EVERYONE who came out to support the cause, who
danced, who donated, who organized, and attended. Who worked tirelessly to create this event from vapor, with no foundation to begin this now annual event!

Gail Sonnesso,
we would walk through the desert for you, because of your passion for serving people. You live a simple, unadorned life, but it is beautiful, crazy busy,
and filled with celebrating people.
Angelo Sonnesso,
your music, your voice, both singing and sharing in our decision making is always a blessing and sound. Personally, you both have prayed me through this
year, and held me on my toughest days.. words fail to express my affection for you both. To
Luanne Hege,
for whom a lunch is never a lunch, who made me learn I could do this, even when I didn''t believe in myself, even when I felt scared and lost in the process
of bringing my part of this event together. i love you, I will always be on your team, for your contributions to this community are vast and endless. Harry
Hege… the knight who bails us ALL out, and who works so hard making things work all along the way, and for DAILY, following through on the myriad things
your loving wife gets you into!
Terry Blocher
who took this this and ran with it, who did all the preliminary work of putting the info, the process and draft after draft after draft of every written
piece of this, whose great mind and heart made us all willing to stay on this team! To
Julie A Walter
our PR gal, and Media Maven, who cleaned up my messes and taught me so much, who guided and gilded.. we adore you! To
Courtney Gallop,
who Started this off, who attended the first meeting and said " OF COURSE I'M IN" and believed in us when no one else could even conceive of this working.
Because of your endorsement, others took a chance on us too! To
Cathy Pfendler
, and Roger, and ALL the GEM Board, THANK YOU for all your help, support, and MOST OF ALL… for serving this population and their families who have so
little to sustain them with this trying disease. ~ My greatest love & respect to ALL of you! I want to thank all our incredible Sponsors,Especially Lisa
Brickhouse Davis and Max Radio The Riff Tides, And DJ Doug Leal, And Fixture and DJ Fresh,
Scott Franson
Ravann Rachell'e
of Ravra Productions for your participation in this wonderful event, and to ALL our amazing dancers.
Grace Ashlynn Davis,
Lo Marie.
Giovanna Marie,
and The Wright Tappers! you made this day fantastic! All Love~