We had a great time at our Hearts & Hoofbeats event, and we couldn’t have done it without the help of our Sponsors and supporters at every level! Despite the drizzling rain and humidity, we broke our attendance records and welcomed our wonderful guests to enjoy the event under a huge tent filled with food, fun and Vanguard Landing family!
This year our guests at the event and from afar were able to bid on the many wonderful Silent Auction items via their smartphones – and it was very effective and exciting! The items donated by our supporters included very elaborately-themed gift baskets, a Smart TV, Custom Artwork, Gym Memberships and many other popular things. The highlight of the evening and the one that brought the bidding war to a frenzy was – drumroll please… a Wooden American Flag with bullet shells as the stars!
Attendees also gave to our Reverse Auction which is basically money donated THAT night for Phase One Construction – that ONE activity raised $118,000!
Everyone enjoyed the delicious food from the famous Jody’s Popcorn, cheese and fruit bars, and the three 757 local favorite food trucks: Gastrohub, Sofritos and Sicles & Sammies.
The number one East Coast dance band – Hotcakes – turned up the volume and the energy with an awesome playlist that all ages could move to!
The Vanguard Sound Waves Glee Club performed A Place For Us by Carrie Underwood and brought the house to their feet. This song perfectly described the dream that each of these future residents are watching come alive with each passing day at and the planned groundbreaking ceremony only months away!
Every year we like to surprise our guests with games and activities that will not only challenge their skills but also reward them with prizes each and every time. This year we rolled out three games – A Wine Pull, Head Or Tails, and Buy A Heart. The participants won prizes, cash and two of the winners were gracious enough to donate their winnings back to the residents of Vanguard Landing!!
Finally, we nearly DOUBLED our attendance in one year for this event and as a result we also more than doubled our fundraising! We are so grateful! Keep an eye on our Facebook page for professional photos from this signature event.