Wednesday, March 30, 2011

An Outpouring of Love

The people that came forward to help with the benefit for Scarlet Renee Gil overwhelmed me. With less than eight weeks of preparation and some flyers dispersed around town we managed to raise $3600.00 for Scarlet’s medical needs. All the food was donated, cooked and served by wonderful friends. By 12:30 there was a long line of people waiting for their plates and to-go boxes. Everyone was cheerful and patient and thanked the volunteers for the great job they did. Our local firefighters even bought plates for everyone at the firehouse.
I was awestruck by the raffle prizes that were donated. There were no less than a hundred of them with everything from a ceiling fan, garbage disposal and golf clubs to gift certificates for haircuts, facials and the Gilroy Gardens. Studious people made thoughtful baskets full of goodies like the fixings for a dinner for two, and chocolate, champagne and a movie for a romantic evening. Businesses and individuals alike kept showing up with gift after gift and then proceeded to purchase hoards of raffle tickets.
Little Scarlet spent hours enjoying all of the people and never got fussy. We were all blessed by her smiles and laughter. The love and charity that filled the building was palpable and I was more humbled than I can begin to say. It would be impossible for me to thank everyone who contributed without filling many pages but you know who you are. God Bless you all.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Great St. Patty's Day

A good time was had by all on March 17th at Johnny's. Speaking of the 17th, that's how many Saint Patrick's Days I've had at Johnny's. Time flies when you're having fun. We sold 39 orders of corned beef and cabbage at lunch and the 60 pounds I cooked to give away to my faithful friends was gone in thirty five minutes. We were so packed it felt like the 4th of July when we used to have a rally. Shane was a patient man. It took awhile to move all of the tables loaded with people so he could set up for Karaoke. And folks were great about being asked to move too. We needed a dance floor after all. As usual I saw people I haven't seen since last years festivities but we saw a lot of new faces too. Enjoy the photo's and we'll hope to see you Sunday for the benefit for baby Scarlett. We're serving great BBQ dinners from noon until the food runs out and have a raffle too with all proceed going to help fund her surgeries.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Keeping Your Irish Eyes Local

Here is a quick read from Independent We Stand, about the importance of buying locally to support or local economy. We'd love to see you at Johnny's!

This St. Patrick’s Day Keep Your Irish Eyes Local!

St. Patrick’s Day spending in 2011 is projected to be approximately $4.14 billion*. If you spend your St. Patty’s dollars this year at a locally owned Irish restaurant or pub, a total of $2.81 billion would be reinvested in local communities across the U.S. If you plan on celebrating at a national chain, your local reinvestment drops to only $1.98 billion. This St. Patrick’s Day spread your green locally and help revive your local economy.


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

March Madness at Johnny's

What a week we've got coming up. Tomorrow we have Bunco and American Idle; let's watch our local favorite James Durbin make another cut, followed by our Saint Patrick's day bash with free corned beef and cabbage and Karaoke with Shane @ 8:00 on Thursday. Friday the Clampers gather for a spaghetti feed and meeting; you know they know how to party, and on Saturday our pal Bill Gonzales is celebrating his retirement from the San Jose Police Department. I'm tired just thinking about it but I feel very blessed. We're having an awesome year so far and I can't wait to see what else God has in store for us.
Don't forget our benefit for baby Scarlett on Sunday March 27th @ 12:00.
God Bless you all, we love you.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The blessings keep coming.

What a weekend we had at Johnny's. It started out with Kat's birthday celebration Friday night and just kept rolling. The Delta Company Guys stopped in to let us know that some of them are going back into harms way. Some of these guys are on their third and forth tour. Keep them in your prayers.

I had a lazy day Saturday; Jeana dropped me off at my house at 2:15 a.m. but the troops kicked butt without me. Poor Jeana had to be back at work at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday and then she ran her tail off from the moment she opened the door. I thank God for wonderful customers and friends like Annie, Cliff and Nadine that jump in to help out. My crew couldn't do what they do without them and I certainly couldn't rest on my couch if I didn't know they were there helping. A huge thank you to all of you. I love you and am blessed to have you in my life.