It’s difficult to gather thoughts and words to describe the evening we had on December 16th, 2010. It will go down in the books as one of the best nights…EVER. We cannot thank everyone enough for their involvement, support, love, emails, tweets, long road-trips, talent, cheering, giving, etc. The “A Night For Hope” benefit was a success before anyone even stepped in the building that night. Because of everyone’s generous donations, we had already raised over $5,000 dollars before the show even started!! So, we knew that no matter what–everyone had already given and contributed SO much…the show was just the icing on top.

We’ll give you a run down of the day…since some of you weren’t able to be there (we did miss you though!)…here’s a play by play…we wish we’d snapped more pics throughout the day, but we didn’t….however some awesome peeps emailed us some pictures so we could borrow them for this blog…thanks guys for sending ’em over!

8:30AM: Woke up & kate opened her present from jill!!! A FROZEN YOGURT/ICE CREAM MAKER πŸ™‚ She knows me well…I cannot wait to bust this thing open and make some fro-yo. Ate breakfast with Todd and got ready for the big day.

11:00AM: Team Rapier…aka…my wonderful family arrives into town. We hang at the house, talk over the schedule of events and Bill’s MC script, looked at the beautiful guitar that was donated by Guitar Center, Todd (who’d driven in from Chicago a few days prior) made some sweet fliers (see below)Β and then we all ate some lunch….Pam, (Kate’s mom’s) homemade soup.

1:00PM: We realize we haven’t picked a third song for our set…hmmm…many debates….instead of picking a third, we practice “Iris” some more πŸ™‚ Decide to wing it and decide later.

2:00PM: Leave house–drive to venue–someone let us know people were already lined up outside…craziness!!! Upon getting to venue, we walk in & are super surprised to see two dear friends who had driven in the night before!! We had no idea they were coming….yay Peggy & Martyn!

3:00PM: Soundcheck central. Mic check. Guitar check. Practice time…haha…we decide our third song in soundcheck…lovely. We are so totally prepared. While other people soundcheck, Ashley & I set up the candles & hang the pictures all around the room.

5:00PM: The t-shirts arrive & we start the signing party. Hair & make-up are in full swing. Printing ticket info for Gaby & Eric at the door…pizza is ordered…delivery 6:00PM. Woohoo!

6:00PM: Pizza arrives, friends start arriving, final touches to the room, more hair and makeup, lots of traffic outside….excitement is over the top….

6:30PM: Right before doors opened–we looked at each other and laughed hysterically….what were we doing??? Doors open. People get out of the cold!!

7:30PM: We open the evening with Bill & welcome everyone & then everyone sings Happy Birthday to Kennedy & Kate…aka…birthday girls πŸ™‚

7:35PM: Kennedy rocks the house…she’s young but already fabulous.

8:00PM: Nick Britt takes the stage…he wins people over in 2.2 seconds and then dedicates a song to Jill…precious.

8:15PM: Yours truly take the stage….we sat, we played, we laughed & everyone sang along to “You Never Know” (which is the one we picked during soundcheck!)…made our hearts unspeakably happy.

8:30PM: Ashely Arrison Β heads to the stage…looking jazzy…sounds beautiful. Who doesn’t love “Time After Time?”

8:50PM Shane McAnally gets up and makes you love him. Done. And done. He’s so sweet!!

9:15PM: Jessie McNamara and Kate announce a few raffle winners…she’s so funny!!!

9:35PM: Kelly takes the stage…brings the house down. Plays a new song…love, love, love it.

9:55PM: Announce the big raffle winner…the signed electric guitar that was donated by Guitar Center…

10:00PM: We thanked everyone and then did lots of hugging, picture taking, OTH talking, and overall cheering for how fun the evening was.

11:05PM: Todd & Kate are the last to leave the building…exhausted…but overwhelmed by how much fun that was…. πŸ™‚ Kate is also sporting her new hat πŸ˜‰

Then when we got home some friends & family ate some delicious food my mom & jill made..I blew out candles…drank some drinks…and was merry.

4:30AM: GO TO SLEEP!!!

One of the most amazing/awesome/fabulous things is that everyone has tagged videos/pictures/tweets with #anightforhope & so the website is still getting LOTS of traffic and people are STILL DONATING!!!! THANK YOU πŸ™‚ You guys made that happen…not us, not the performers, y’all did that. Go ahead, pat yourselves on the back!! Total we have raised almost $10,000 dollars…thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

23 Responses to “OH-ver-WHELMED.”

  1. Mary b Says:

    Yay y’all used my collage!! It rly was A Night for hope!! Y’all rocked it!!


  2. Alison Says:

    Wow!! Seems like it was a huge success!! I’m sorry I wasn’t there but it’s a little far from Australia. Congratulations on a successful night, it seems like everyone had a blast and raised money for a worthy cause.

    The videos of you guys performing = Amazing!

  3. Jenna Says:

    OMG OTH!! So did you get to the part where…. πŸ˜‰ Hahah kiiiidding! I’m really glad you love the show Kate! I would have felt bad for suggesting it if u didn’t! Lmao keep watching and remember…Team Nathan & Haley! πŸ˜‰

    Thursday was incredible for everyone that was lucky enough to be there πŸ™‚ HOPE you guys continue this every year! So happy to hear such a large amount was raised! πŸ™‚

  4. Jaclyn Says:

    I’m SO happy I was able to be there. SUCH a great cause.

  5. Fiorella Says:

    I really wanted to go but i live a little far (PERU) but i was there in spirit πŸ˜‰

    “Nick Britt takes the stage…he wins people over in 2.2 seconds and then dedicates a song to Jill…precious.” — AHAM!!!! *nudge*

    hah so i’ll stop smiling and im gonna say: You’re so freakin awesome… and you’re so inspiring β™₯

    You def should do it again next year and live-stream it (Hello? internet.. why not ? the entire world should meet our all time favorite band).

    anyway, you and the lucky people who went had lots of fun and that’s the most important part … cant wait to hear what J&K have for us in 2011 .. Merry Christmas and happy new year ladies β™₯

  6. Selena Says:

    Thanks for the recap (and pictures) of that super special day! As I noted in the last blog comments, I’ve seen and heard so many wonderful things from “A Night For Hope”, and it’s nice to get your perspective on the big event.

    I’m happy that it was such a huge success. Not only did y’all put together an incredible show and really connect with fans, you used that platform to help support children in need and make a difference in their life. Kudos to all who contributed to the cause in any way!

    God bless y’all!

    …and happy fro-yo making to you! πŸ˜‰

  7. Holly Says:

    Thursday night was amazing for all of us that were able to come. So stoked to hear that so much money has been raised for such an awesome cause.
    Here’s hoping this becomes a yearly event because I will definitely be there!

  8. I'm just sayin'... Says:

    Amazing, amazing, amazing….I wish so badly that I could have been there but there’s that whole lack ‘o money and distance that kept me from going. You guys are amazing….I hope you do this again so hopefully I could save up and go. Congratulations on the success!

  9. risty Says:

    It was such an amazing time. Thanks for putting it on. And Happy Birthday again Kate. Now waiting to bid on the shirts to donate more.

  10. crystal Says:

    thursday was such a great night. i’m so glad to hear so much money has been raised! y’all should definitely continue this next year. i’m so glad i got to be apart of such a great thing! and thank you! it was great to get to see my friends! πŸ™‚

  11. Erin Says:

    so glad it went well! i still wish i could have been there but i’m living vicariously through the videos on youtube. πŸ™‚

  12. H Nicole Young Says:

    OH-ver-WHELMED for sure! So much interesting and exciting information to process in today’s blog — as a fan, as one of apparently many, many people who really wants those kids to feel loved and, *ahem*, as your love guru. Just speechless, especially on that last count.

    Well, okay, when in doubt, just sit and observe a bit more before making any final conclusions, is what I always say (and sometimes actually follow). So that’s my plan for today’s blog comment, and I’m sticking with it! πŸ™‚

    Oh, just one question, though — Nick Britt doesn’t happen to moonlight as a mechanic does he? The vision of Jill hooking up with a mechanic is just sooo vivid to me (maybe it’s because my dad was a mechanic and I am subconsciously harboring sentimental ideas of nothing but the most special hook up for Jill), but then again, I am really starting to warm up to the vision of all those cute kids being born with guitar-shaped spoons in their mouths. Hmm. Okay, nuff said for one night. Need. more. time. to. process. so. much. info. LOL.

  13. kristy snead Says:

    Jill and Kate, thanks you so much for putting this together. It was a great event and a great cause. I’m so glad i got the chance to be there. Love the way yall decorated, so cute! The greatest night of my life so far. so much talent, and love in such a small place! You guys are great thank you for singing “You never know”. I would stand in the cold for 3 hrs anytime for an event like this! Well worth the drive from Oklahoma. So glad it was a huge success.

  14. myriam Says:

    Congrats on it being such a success!

    Frozen Yogurt maker? Jealous.

  15. Lauren Says:

    OTH talking? For real? That’s my favourite topic of discussion! Ohhh I dislike being British =(

    Anyway, thank you for posting up the blog! So glad to hear you raised an incredible amount, congrats girlies, you did an amazing job!

  16. Bianca Says:

    ahhhh you like oth! I was obsessed with that show for so long! so brucas or leyton? BRUCAS! haha..anyway, wish i could have been at the show, looked fabulous! What music should be, true talent and guitars oh yeah πŸ™‚

  17. Boston_Holly Says:

    I’m so happy to hear that this was such a wonderful success and that so many people came out to support you in person or made donations online! I’m sure the House of Hope kids will be just as overwhelmed with all the love shown for them on this night!

    • Stacey Says:

      Though I wasn’t able to attend the show myself, many of my friends attended and they kept me posted on the nights events.

      It really sounded like an amazing time. I’m so glad you got to be a part of something so meaningful and magical. Keep it up ladies! You’re doing a great job at spreading happiness.

  18. Pam Says:

    sounds like it was a blast, thanks for giving us a run-through! glad the event raised so much money/awareness! πŸ™‚

  19. HeinV Says:

    J-Pick the awesome & Katerinethegreatpalooza (yes, to quote Pambampalooza Ni-Yopalooza) are beautiful (& v. grown up too!) Rock on ladies –<3hvxo–

  20. Fernibat Says:

    Ama-zazing! Wish I could have been teleported there from Cape Town. It’s refreshing to see good people like yourselves take the time and make the effort to keep those less fortunate in your hearts – and better still, you don’t just talk about it – you DO IT!

    I think next time you should have the Night (heck make it a WEEK :-)) for Hope here in South Africa – I’ll organise everything!!!!!!


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