Special thanks go to the following people who put incalculable hours into all the different pieces of this puzzle and were instrumental in making this Carnival a great success:
Bev Kellam and Tricia McFaul for coordinating the Cash Raffle, Shannon Bulman and Lara Miller for coordinating Ticket Sales, Barbara Serna and Adelize Tutt for coordinating the Theme Basket Raffle (with much help from Barbie Segovia and Barbara's entire extended family!), Cindy Forno for coordinating the Haunted House, Margaret Barela for coordinating the Sweet Shop (with much help from Jessica Jiron, Lynda Brandle, Gary Moquino, Cedric Chavez, Priscilla Garcia, Mark Arellano, Angela Vasquez, Anthony Barela, Marcella Miera, and Ruby Mengdon), Annette Lujan and Wendy Axelrod for coordinating the CG Cafe,Dawn Fiser for coordinating all the Press, Jessica Jiron for coordinating the Restaurant Walk, Race to Witch Mountain, and the (incredible) Decorations, Matt Fagan for coordinating the Haunted Photo Booth, Melanie Morgan for Graphic Design, Julie Walker for Administrative Assistance and Donations, Heather Serna for Assisting Jorge the Magnificent, Priscilla Garcia & Velasco Arts for facilitating the Face Painting, Brian Snyder, Phil Murray, and Brian Brandle for Construction and Heavy Lifting, Andie Manzanares, Keza Boyd, & Dolores Pongfor judging the Costume Contest, Joel Boyd and Kim Pietrocci for acting as Masters of Ceremony of the Costume Contest, Jane McCreight, Darcy Crenshaw, Barb Amort, Cindy Forno, Jessie Lawrence, Michelle Estrada, Christine McDermott, Frances Carreon, Mary Greening, Aelysea Webb, Paula Goler, Erica Dolittle, and Maraka Williams for working tirelessly in whatever capacity was needed, The Firestarters for Live Music, Jim Serna & Ken Estrada for Game Construction, Katherine Ranck for Storytelling, Barb Tischler for Sewing Banners, the SFFD and Scott McFaul of the NMSP, and Julie Murray for coordinating the Games & Prizes and being an extraordinary "Right Hand Gal"!
Many thanks to the Room Reps for all their superb efforts and hard work in coordinating all the moving parts between the PTK and the classrooms! Barbara Serna as coordinator and Jennifer Rodriguez, Jessie Lawrence, Cindy Forno, Michelle Estrada, Adeliz Tutt, Anna Llobet, Veronica Griego, Melanie Morgan, Emily Ortega, Barbara Serna, Sarah McNeill, Jessica Apodaca, Elena Tercero, Tomasita Marilyn, Frances Carreon, Wendy Axelrod, Karla Fernandez, Dawn Fiser, Leigh Sulich, Colleen Gavin, Margie Baca, and Kris Varner. These women emailed, sent home flyers, helped coordinate the game volunteers, and seriously hustled all over town like crazy to get donations for the amazing Theme Baskets! Job well done!
There were MANY parents, kids, and family members who helped pick up donations, run errands, and setup for the Carnival on Friday after school and Saturday morning before the Carnival. There was also so much help for clean up after the Carnival and on Sunday morning (thanks for answering the Blackhawk SOS, much appreciated!). It was the most help I have ever seen at the Carnival and it took the whole operation up many notches!
We can't forget the teachers and staff of Carlos Gilbert for their dedicated help as well!Bernadette Cortez for being Carnival Central in the main office, Kim Pietrocci for her incredible support, and all the teachers for their encouragement and help with communicating information to students and parents. Special thanks to those who came and gave their time to keep the Carnival running smoothly on Saturday: Ashley Kendall, Amy Johnson, Linnane Blake, Erica Wheeler, Vanessa Bryce, Evelyn Quintana, Jane Belcher, Jane Gee, Sarah Komalam, Bob Stark, Margie Baca, Nadine Porterfield, Marcella Miera, Kate McCarthy, and Christine Biree. Many, many thanks to Christine, Kate, and Ericafor hauling the lions share of props and games to the basement after the Carnival!
There are many sponsors to thank this year who make it possible to maximize the profit that goes towards the educational programming the PTK supports through the Carnival.
Kellam Orthodontics, The Harrell House of Natural Oddities, Reynolds Insurance, LANB, Ripple Metal Fabrication, Aspen Medical Center, Lawrence Meeting Resources, Altamira Financial Group, Santa Fe Performing Arts, Santa Fe Roof Systems, The Concrete Jungle, Patina Gallery, Friday Networking Lunch, Bulman Law, PC, Dental Arts of Santa Fe, Gabriel Roybal DDS, and Pueblos de Ninos Dental. Thank you Sponsors!
My personal thanks to Sam Tischler for taking care of our kids and keeping things on the homefront running smoothly so that I could dedicate myself to the success of this event.
WOW - now THIS is a community of which I am so proud to be a member.