It was such an honour to be invited to the home of my business partner W. Brett Wilson. The cause this year was Dare to Care which is an organization that goes into schools and provides children from k-12 with many important social tools including an anti bullying program. As parents of 5 children from K-Grade 10 we were so pleased to be a part of the evening. I know many people have been waiting to get a "taste" of the garden party so here is what the day was like for us!
We arrived at Brett's home just after lunch to set up for the evening. It was so exciting to meet other pitchers from past seasons. Our family were huge fans before we ever went on the show so for me it was amazing to meet the other business owners.
The secret service kept us safe going up the stairs.
Brett and the Breast Friends having some fun when we arrived. No matter where these gals go or what they are doing they are having fun.
The famous cookbooks. I found out they are doing number five and six!
The vendors area. We were all under tents just in case of rain but they weather cooperated and it was beautiful!
Don Cherry or is it? Celebrity impersonator, comedian and all around great guy. Clark Robertson
Clark and his beautiful wife.
He aproves of the socks.
Cathy the miner's lunch box lady. My hubby had to test it out by standing on it!
You know I just had to check out the food. Cheese is one of my very favourite foods.
The hot food station had fire roasted pizza, pretzel buns with tender beef and the scallops the size of your hand!
Meat ice cream cones. Yum!
Jack from Essentia Organic Memory Foam mattresses.
The host with the most! Brett is an amazing guy with a heart of gold. How appropriate that his birthday is Canada Day! He is such an outstanding citizen and was just appointed a member of the order of Canada. I am so blessed to have him as a business partner and mentor.
Brett had a few changes of clothes but started the night out in a unique tie dyed jump suit with the name of his new show on his back.I got a chance to meet the fabulous and gorgeous Marissa from Moxie Trades. Talented, beautiful, committed to work and her family another busy mom juggling a career and making sure not to miss those special times with her kids. She blew me away.
Marissa's superfan who has a tattoo of the company logo! A fun gal.
This is Kempton. I have been following his blog since I auditioned for Dragons' Den. It was a pleasure to meet and be interviewed by him.
Cole Grey from Compass studio who I can't believe has been doing photography for 28 years. How is that even possible when she looks 28? I love that she had a Chanel scarf on her camera it made it so dressy.
Kevin to sign his Kelvin 23.
The beautiful sisters representing Saskatchewan's own Hillberg and Berk Jewellery.
John from Mackenzie and Marr Guitars.
My tablemate Barb Stegemann and her husband Michael from The Seven Virtues. Barb is an inspiration as a business woman, a mom, wife, philanthropist, and motivational speaker. I was so impressed with her passion!
I can't wait to see this year's video. The fellow with the camera in the background did last years' and it was amazing.
The Garden Party was being held to raise money for the amazing cause Dare to Care. That night the attendees donated over $300 thousand to this anti bullying cause. To hear more about the program see Kempton's interview.
E=MC2 event planning were so much fun!
This was a great station. The lattes were delicious and the gal who made it is also a photographer so we talked a little shop.
The Dueling Pianists. Got everyone dancing. Pat loved these guys. But not quite as much as he loved.....
My friend Bryan from 320 solutions. We were on the same episode of DD and both from Saskatchewan.
Shannon making Karen blush.
Brett on stage with his friend Shannon.
At the end of the night my shoe broke. Made me feel a bit like Cinderella. It was time to go home with Patty my Prince Charming!
We bought a Brett inspired shirt in Calgary for Pat and Brett told him how much he liked it!
The next day we were invited for breakfast with the other Dragonettes to Brett's office.
At Brett's office the morning after the garden party. How amazing it was to share this experience with the ladies from Breast Friends that are like Patrick's aunties from Foam Lake. It made it even more special.