|Neighbor's shed & roses|
|close-up of roses|
|a different angle of the same two, with buttercups below|
Some very generous friends of Leslie donated three entire tables to the Hope Gala so that she could be surrounded by love as she stood to speak. All three tables were full of her Camp Goodtimes West friends - the camp which is supported by the American Cancer Society. We were there to help illustrate Leslie's words about the Camp Family, as well as to share in her joy at being able to give something back to the camp that means so much to her.
Leslie, or "Pineapple" - her camp name - tells her story so well that you should hear it from her, in her own words. Here she is, giving her speech:
You can also follow these links to:
Her speech on her blog, as she wrote it
Her evening according to photographer and videographer, Paul "Mooselips" Dudley
Leslie's words inspired the crowd to give over $50,000 to Camp Goodtimes West!
A few photos borrowed from Paul Dudley Photography's coverage of the event:
|Paul's beautiful wife Heidi, Anna (who has a brand-new book out, called "Wrecked"), Leslie & her mom (Lynn), me|
|Camp Goodtimes West was well-represented|
|What happens anytime Paul calls out "NINJA!"|
|Dinner in the Museum of Flight|
|Leslie giving her speech|
Leslie's positive attitude and strength of spirit are a blessing & inspiration to all who know her. Well done, friend!