Peak Potential: The Rear View Mirror...and Charging into 2016!
11/15: This is your on-the-scene correspondent—Rick Stevenson—with a next-day report on the big Peak Potential Dinner and Charity Auction event. Early this coming week, you’ll also see a guest blog post that will give another attendee’s perspective, but below is a recap of what I saw and heard last night.
First, let me explain that I’m a member of the 2020 Vision Quest volunteer staff, which I joined in early 2013. The reasons why I joined the team at that time—choosing to give my time and efforts to benefit this charitable organization—remain the same nearly three years later. There’s the fairly obvious first reason: I’d been seeking a new interesting, compelling, non-profit organization that could use the time and abilities I thought I could offer. One that I could take pride in and feel fulfilled by supporting. But there was and still is, also, a selfish rationale to my choice. Simply put, working on 2020 projects, I hoped to find an effort where I could keep learning and being reminded of important life lessons along the way. I’ve found that here with 2020, I get that learning and those reminders not only from Randy…but also from his other staff and board members, with virtually every single professional and personal interaction we have. It’s an incredibly positive, talented, and energizing group of people who all happen to reflect themes often expressed by Randy to you—the 2020 audience at large—not just school students but adults of all ages as well. Themes like striving to make the best choices; setting challenging, interesting goals; focusing on the good people—the “helpers”—in times of darkness like Paris just earlier this weekend; managing rather than avoiding risk; and perhaps most important of all, that you get out what you put in.
Peak Potential Recap and News
Now, on to a report from last night at the Puritan Backroom Conference Center in Manchester. As usual the room was full, and brimming with positivity and fun. And just in case there wasn’t enough of that, it never hurts to also have a half-dozen or so of the cutest Guiding Eyes for the Blind pups on earth attending the dinner with their humans. The Puritan venue—new host to 2020 for Peak Potential—was excellent, including its meals and service.
Randy delivered a brief, inspiring presentation reviewing many memorable events from the past year—with photos and videos—culminating in the amazing Kilimanjaro adventure. Dozens of interesting and exciting silent auction items were offered and won last night, as well as these live-auction prizes auctioned by Randy, assisted by Tracy:
- Breakfast at the City Room in Nashua for several people ($100 in value) with Randy, Tracy, and Autumn.
- A Manchester NH “night on the town” for two—tickets to the Boston Pops at the Verizon Center on 12/12, with limo service and dinner at the Puritan Backroom.
- Seven nights at a beautiful condo near Orlando FL attractions, for up to 8 people, in late April 2016. Dates and exact location partially negotiable.
And here are the key news items and announcements from last night:
- Randy’s guide for the 2014 California International Marathon last December was Jose Acevedo. Jose is unable to run this year’s early December event, but Peter Houde will make the trip with Randy and serve in that role. (Peter, with wife Christine, successfully guided Randy in the 2015 Boston Marathon.)
- Randy will run Boston 2016 with Jose Acevedo as guide!
- Randy proudly presented matching checks from 2020 Vision Quest last night—one to the New Hampshire Association for the Blind (NHAB) and one to Guiding Eyes for the Blind (GEB)—each in the amount of $20,200!
- Randy will soon begin writing a book! He’s begun exploring publishing and self-publishing options, but either way, he’ll begin writing in earnest in January. Watch this space for details of this plan in the near future.