So, as you may be aware, Erin and I had started up a Tilt several weeks back, with the goal of getting my mother-in-law down to Toronto to see "Wicked". She loves the music but had never seen the show, and we wanted to give her a boost as she's been working her way through some health challenges over the last year. We thought that if we could raise enough to buy her a ticket to see the show and cover her train fare down and back, it'd be pretty incredible. Enough for two tickets so she could take someone (Erin) with her? Well, that'd be beyond amazing.
Despite some fantastic support, the Tilt expired without, well, tilting. We figured it was a good try; nothing ventured, nothing gained and all that. But then a couple of days later, I got a note from good karaoke buddy Wendy Koslow. She apparently knew someone working for the production, had told him what we were trying to do, and they'd offered to comp a couple of tickets. Amazing! And with one of the biggest cost factors handled, we were able to restart the Tilt at a lower goal and have it tilt to cover the rest.
This week was "Wicked" week, and a great time was had by all. Heather came down on Monday and, well, I should let her explain…
"Dear "Wicked" tilt donors,
Thank you for your kindness and generosity towards making my dream happen.
I arrived in Toronto on Monday late afternoon. Tuesday, we went to the Hockey Hall of Fame as a warm up to Wednesday.
"Wednesday, we got up early. Erin did my hair and we left for "Wicked". My donor, Tom, gave us box seats to die for. What a dream come true. The performance was amazing and I cried throughout most of it.
"After the show, Tom met us and we sat in on a question-and-answer period between several schools and cast members. The students all cheered when they found out my donor, Tom, was the techno guy who ran the Wizard of Oz. After that, we did a backstage tour, then a nice supper at Fran's downtown.
"No amount of thank yous to Sean and Erin Boulton and my Tilt donors can convey what an amazing thing this was for me. I start my next phase of life encouraged and strengthened by the support and love you all have shown me."
That's my mother-in-law, ladies and gentlemen. Really an amazing thing to have happen and truly a dream come true. Not just tickets, but tickets in a box? And a backstage tour? I mean, I've never had a backstage tour…
So, thank you to the "Wicked" touring company for making it possible. Thank you to Tom for putting it together. Thank you to Wendy for putting me together with Tom. And thank you to everyone who donated to the tilt — if you're reading this, either our message reached you or serendipity brought you here. But, sincerely, thank you.