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Best Luau EVER! Thank you to The Symphony Guild for allowing us to make new friends and have the BEST night!

The Symphony Guild (check out their website here), formed in 1997, is a group of young professionals coming together for one cause – to help all children get the care they need no matter their circumstance. The funds raised each year place the Symphony Guild on the “Top 25 Fundraising Guilds” list at Seattle Children’s Hospital.
The back story!!! 
Many years ago, a friend of Mateo Messina (who was a college roommate of Todd’s and all around super awesome friend of ours) called him into his office and told him about Seattle Children’s Hospital. He said that they made the last year of his daughter’s life wonderful. After she passed away from brain cancer, he told Mateo to check out the playroom and possibly volunteer by playing the piano. One week later Mateo started playing piano for the kids and staff in the playroom. Later that year he produced his first Children’s Hospital benefit concert: Human.
Fourteen years later Mateo still plays regularly for the kids at the hospital and produces an extraordinary concert for the entertainment of his fans and to benefit Seattle Children’s. 

The Symphony Guild is dedicated to enriching the quality of children’s lives in the Northwest and primarily raises funds through an annual benefit concert, composed by Mateo Messina, with proceeds benefiting uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s Hospital.
This concert has become an annual tradition for us Gendreaus. It’s a college reunion, a celebration of new friendships over the years, a grown up’s night out, an excuse for a fabulous dinner, a reason to buy a new dress and a VERY excellent cause!!!
Over the years, the concert has grown to include live and silent auctions. WELL, last year Todd bid on (and won) a couple. 
A Luau for 20.
And cupcakes!
Fast forward to last weekend. A glorious day in Seattle (like seriously gorgeous).  A FABULOUS location. And 18 of our closest friends. A fun, grown up’s only night out!!
And mai tais. Oh, the mai tais.
Bob – you ROCK as a bartender. 
This year’s concert is November 8.
Do NOT hesitate to check out the website and buy your tickets for this years concert. 
You will NOT be disappointed. 
Matt NEVER disappoints!
Tonight I post the highlights of what was a FABULOUS night!
It will really go down in history as one of the best nights ever! 
Bob and Val did NOT miss a beat. 
Every detail was covered. 

AWESOME FRIEND TIME!
No kids
Only us
Awesome
Our new friends (and hosts)!

And a photo bomber

Um. LOVE my photog friends!!!

Let me just summarize this photo below.
Friends for like 17 years.
Live in the same town.
Kids are awesome friends.
Work together. 
Both photographers.
Both moms to kids the same age.
First year ALL our kids are in school 5 days a week, full day!
HELLO MAI TAIS!!!!!

LOVE these two!

The sun set and the party kept on going!
Such a gorgeous Seattle night!

Love, love, LOVE these girls!

Val and Bob and Spencer and Blakeley – THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts.

I’m so glad we met and we definitely bid on the best auction item ever!

So go check out the details Matt’s next show! See you there!

Aloha!

-Stacy

September 13, 2013

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