I honestly can't believe how things turned out. Stress ran through my veins the entire week leading up to this Magic tournament. I don't think the stress actually left until round three of the tournament. I'm the type that needs everything perfect or I get peeved that something is wrong. Even little things, things that don't need anything done to them, need to be perfect. Looking back at it now, I'm glad I was that way because this entire event turned out to be perfection. And I think it was because of every single person that came to play and to help out.
I always felt that Magic tournaments were the type of place where everyone is so competitive and in it for themselves. I've been to quite a few where people that lose get very upset and people that win brag a lot about their wins. But when you bring up that this is a tournament for a great cause, you notice more about people. You notice that people enjoy playing the game and like to have fun doing so. Seeing so many smiles on people playing a game that is usually so competitive really makes things worth it. Even people that didn't win a game stayed a kept playing. That's the magic in this game. When you can get people together for a great cause, it starts to be more about the cause than about the victory.
Then they started showing up at 9:20am, forty minutes before registration even was suppose to begin. From then on, I knew that something like this was going to be important.
Once the games began at 11:30am, people started having fun and I could finally see all my hard work come to fruition. I could actually see all my stress leave and I was able to smile at everything that I have accomplished. As the day progressed, everyone continued to have fun. I made sure that every raffle we had was held between each round so people weren't standing around, something I felt was a huge positive. The silent auctions had people taking pictures of throughout the day. More people were shocked that I was able to get all the stuff I did. When it's for a good cause, people are generally more open to help.
I know that there are things we could do better for next year and I plan on fixing that for everyone. I do hope we get more people next year and make even more money for a great cause. I can't thank each and every one of you enough for all your support. My girlfriend and I will never forget you. Just wait til next year. I have a lot of things I wanted to do this year that we couldn't. We'll make those things work next year.