“Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.” ~Conan O’Brien
Truer words were never spoken. And, they are the personal mantra of a remarkable young woman named Amber Donoghue.
Amber, 29, is a hard-working girl. She splits her time between two jobs; one in Charlotte, NC, and the other in Rock Hill, SC. When she isn’t at work or enjoying the company of friends, Amber devotes much of her spare time to philanthropy. Whether it’s taking the “Polar Plunge” for Area 11 Special Olympics, or helping my Great Strides for CF walk team raise $4,000, Amber is always willing to lend a helping hand to a worthy cause.
One organization that Amber has worked with is the Barman’s Fund. A self-described “motley assortment of bartenders”, these drink-slinging heroes donate one of their workdays each month, giving every cent they earn that day to local non-profits, people and organizations that need assistance. Amber has given up countless shifts in recent years in order to give back to the community.
Next on her list is the 14th Annual Guys & Dolls Charity Auction for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The black-tie optional event has been dubbed the area’s “premiere event for young professionals” and is one of the top fundraising events each year for the Charlotte chapter of the CFF. Guys and Dolls commit to raising a set amount of money, as well as a date package, and they are auctioned off throughout the evening. The event is always a big draw. But here’s where things get tricky…
“I do this for a reason…”
Recently engaged, Amber is not allowed to auction herself off. Even though she and her fiancee are both on board with this fundraising effort, that technicality in the fine print stands firm. Amber, however, was not going to let that stop her from supporting a cause so near to her heart. She says, defiantly, “I’ve met the person I’m doing this for. I won’t stop. I’m committed.”
Bachelors and Bachelorettes that are participating are required to raise $2,500 and also compile a “date package” to entice people to bid on them. Even though Amber will not be auctioned off, she has committed to raising the same amount of money. And she has just 3 weeks to do it in. Come February 6th, if she has not raised the agreed amount of donations, Amber’s personal credit card will be charged for the amount. She’s so serious about raising money to help in the fight against Cystic Fibrosis that she is willing to risk her own finances to do it.
“This means something to me. I’m not going to give up.”
With the clock ticking, Amber is kicking things into high gear. In addition to trying to sell tickets to the event (20 tickets at $125 each would meet her goal), Amber is putting together alternative ways to raise the money. From Pin-Ups (where people give a minimum $1 donation, then write their name on the slip of paper for businesses to display), to parties and raffles. She is determined to bring those donations in. She has a devoted fan base that includes her fiancee, family, friends, and clientele at both places of employment, who are all in her corner and willing to help.
I, for one, am one of those people. If not for the tireless efforts and generosity of people like Amber, I wouldn’t be alive today. And there aren’t enough words to thank her for what she has done, and continues to do, for CF patients like me. She’s a beautiful person and I adore her.
Time is running out. If you can and you are able, I encourage you to click on the link below and make a donation; no amount is too big or too small because every penny counts. Help Amber make CF stand for Cure Found!