Back from a long weekend in Rhode Island, including meeting 35 other MINIs for MINIs-Making-A-Wish (a repeat of this event held last year).
On a cool Saturday morning, we drove to the southern end of Rhode Island and met up with everyone at Steve Scales home. There was coffee, a raffle for the unique Whalen shift knob (congratulations Jeff, thanks Gavin for the pic), Santa hats and meet & greet with other MINI owners.
An excellent drive had been planned, taking us all through various back roads of Rhode Island, including a stop at “Rhode Islands largest body of fresh water” – in a couple of places we had police to assist with crossing traffic, and we even had an escort up 15 miles of Route 95!
After a stop at Krispy Kreme (very long lines for the bathroom!), where the toy collection launch occurred a month ago, we finally arrived at the Make-A-Wish headquarters and delivered 1400 toys! Steve also presented $2500 raised by the Whalen raffle and by other activities including the sale of “wishes” organized by his daughter Jessica – very impressive!
We finished the day with a late lunch and lots more chats – hello Steve (*2), Max, John, Gene, Diane, Jared, Rich, Gavin, and everyone else.
Steve (PinCity) posted a final summary of the event here: 1,409 Toys, $2,501.10 Donations, Fun with you guys…… priceless!