It started with an idea from Larry Rosenberg in February. If you’re going to pull a surprise 50th birthday party, spring it before Margo’s birthday. Six months later, the surprise is sprung. And there wasn’t a single deception involved. A normal, annual bike event ride (The BBBT) in the morning, shortened to enjoy the company of Robin Mann. Meeting up for lunch with Elena Nilaver to exchange photos from this week’s Champions Party.
The surprise? 21 additional folks from her many circles – the neighborhood (Sandy Bennion), Pilgrim Church (Melissa O’Brien), the Ladies Group (Clare Acker), the Gamers (John Furze, Les Brown, Dean Rifenbery, Nate Sandall, Mike Warner, Matt Riley), the Tour de Cure (Elena Nilaver, Robin Mann, Bill & Nancy Haase).
The bigger surprise – the California friends (Robin, Larry, Sarah Rosenberg, Steve and Julie Fisher).
The biggest surprise – Kent completely broke character by both arranging the whole thing and keeping Margo completely clueless right up to the singing of the crew. Add the outstanding service by the Golden Valley Restaurant staff and the excellent cake from Beaverton Bakery.
I think Margo had a great time once her brain got over the shock.
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