Higher Peaks...More Potential!
Another Peak Potential is in the books and this fifth annual dinner/auction was a smashing success by all accounts. It feels like the peaks for 2020 Vision Quest are getting progressively more ambitious and the potential keeps growing with no sign of a slowdown.
The roomful of attendees mingled and caught up with each other during hors d'oeuvres and cocktails before dinner, also touring the tables to place bids on some of the 54 (!) enticing silent-auction items. All then enjoyed meals of either prime rib, pan-roasted salmon, or a grilled vegetable and risotto plate, followed by choice remarks from Randy about the eventful past year and what might lie ahead for the 2020 Vision Quest community and team. Randy even challenged every single attendee not just to seek ways to help 2020--but also to personally tell him of ways in which he could help them in the future. Next came a rousing four-figure 50/50 raffle and a levity-filled live auction. Wisecracking Auctioneer Randy, with able assistant Tracy, worked the roomful of supporters deftly (yes, even Table 10 and five tables of Randy's UNH fraternity brothers) to sell off great items like an Incredibrew wine tasting for 20 to 30 friends; a Loon Mountain winter getaway for four; a Guiding Eyes for the Blind “Trainer for a Day” overnight package for a visit to their Yorktown Heights NY headquarters campus; and a night on the town (Portsmouth NH) including limo, show, dinner and drinks, and a special bottle of wine crafted by Randy and Tracy in 2010.
One other highlight near the end of the evening involved the tables of volunteer puppy raisers for Guiding Eyes for the Blind and their potential future Dog Guides coming to the front of the room for an exciting, lively photo pose (see above image)!
Gratitude -- There are a great many to thank for helping make this event a huge success once again. They include, but are not limited to:
Platinum Sponsor – the Bank of New Hampshire
Gold Sponsor – Jose and Kristen Acevedo
Silver Sponsors – Amy Tierce and Wintrust Mortgage, and the Hudson NH Lions Club
Photography – Green Photography
Event Venue – The Derryfield
Peak Potential Team of Staff & Volunteers – Erin DesMarais, Sarah Toney, Robbie Walton, Jess Griffin, Beth Foote, Krista Taylor, Monty Rodriguez, Tracy and Randy Pierce...with assists from Gia Bonilla, Karen and Rick Pierce, and guests who stepped up to help many times throughout!
Special thanks to Rachel Morris who created this event and built it to its peak potential for the first four years.
All attendees, supporters from the 2020 Vision Quest community, auction bidders, and generous providers of auction items