The room looked as green as golf course when guests enter the room. VISTE Ball 2012 took over Tiger Town, Lakeland, and the hanger became an indoor golf spectacular. VISTE Ball featured indoor Birdeball® games, putting, auctions, and enough food and drinks to feed everyone twice.
I had a great time running around taking hundreds of photos. All the photos are uploaded to the VISTE Facebook page. My favorite photo featured in this blog is a close up of the VISTE ball we used for the indoor games.
The highlight of the evening was the live auction with Jen Leigh auctioning off Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. Other live auction items included dinner for 22, one week in Paris, and a one week stay in New York City Penthouse. While the price bracket was much too high for a student like me, maybe one day I’ll be able to afford the vacations in exotic places.
We also auctioned off a 1979 Pontiac Trans Am. I took a picture inside the car after the event. One of the perks of being an intern!
Other special events included a $10,000 hole in one (the lucky putter golfer didn’t even come close) and a golf simulator event.
I’d like to thank my sisters from AOII Kappa Gamma and members of the Florida Souther College Lambda Pi Eta (communication honor society) for helping with the event. You rock!
This past Saturday my sorority sisters and I helped clean the home a VISTE client. Nancy Lanterman has been confined to a walker and motorized chair for a number years and hasn’t been able to clean her home since her husband passed away. Piled under years of clothes, dust, and dirt, Ms. Lanterman didn’t even know where to start.
I met Ms. Lanterman on a visit to deliver her commodities, and she was embarrassed by the sight of her home. She told me she was too prideful to ask for help in the past, but when Ashley suggested coming out to cleanup she welcomed us with open arms.
With the help of more than 10 other women, we scrubbed, polished, and organized Ms. Lanterman’s home and improved the living conditions significantly. My sister Tricia pointed out to me afterwards that more than half of our sisters stayed longer than we had orginally agreed upon. They wanted to make sure everything was done before we left.
On Monday, I called Ms. Lanterman about the project to get a quote for a press release about the event. Ms. Lanterman said, “I’m so relieved. There’s a lot that has to be done yet, but I’m going to go through it. I’m so pleased and thankful for all the help.”
Everyone loved helping sweet Ms. Lanterman, and we enjoyed spending time with each other. A lot of times, we as Greeks lose touch with who we are helping because we don’t see them in person. This project gave us the chance to meet the person we were helping. We knew we were making an small but powerful impact on her life. I’m incredibly proud to be a member of Alpha Omicron Pi, and I love my internship at VISTE.