Tonight was our annual trip to the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children where the hospital’s biggest fundraiser of the year takes place. Treasure Street is a collection of food vendors, hospital supporters, volunteer staff, silent auction items, live auction items, a band or two, and lots of well-dressed rich people. It’s a hoot of a time, in my opinion; I’ve been going for many years and now, with Jess by my side, I feel like a real supporter of the hospital.
As you leave your car with the valet (always tip when they take your car instead of when they bring it around; it makes valets less likely to peruse your personal effects when they drive off initially), you walk through the outdoor playground area in a long, meandering line. Photographers stop you on the pathway to take your picture as you make your way to the white reception tents. There you get your bid card and your auction number. From there, I usually start by hitting the bar and then rummaging through the silent auction items. There are iPads everywhere for you to constantly check your silent auction bid items throughout the night. This year, I had my eyes on a bronze statute of a cowboy, a painting from one of the patients, and a few sundries. But alas, the well-dressed rich people beat us and we didn’t win a thing.
More important this year than previous years was getting Jess some food first. I’ve come to find out that pregnant girls don’t like to wait to eat. So we found the Kent Rathburn tables placed strategically throughout the affair and selected various delectables for our enjoyment. My favorite was the fried chicken and potato dish. And the wine. Jess enjoyed the street tacos and desserts. And the water. Poor girl.
We ran into our old friends Jamie & Courtney, John & Sylvia, Trip & Ashley, J.J. & his wife (whose name unfortunately escapes me now), and a slew of volunteers I used to work with on Wednesdays. It was a great night of food, friends, and fun to wrap it up in a cliche.
The most important part of the night, however, was the giving. I haven’t seen statistics on how much money the hospital raises from this event but it has to be significant. Though if you think about how many free services they give to children with orthopedic conditions, the hospital deserves every dime we can afford to provide.