Onto Sunday morning: Scrumdittlyumtious Breakfast! For the last event, we had the Wonka-esque breakfast, including the OOAK charity raffle. Us crazy Tonner Staffers donned a bright blue tye-dyed shirt and white Wonka glasses to fit the part!
Every year at Convention, we give away one free registration for the next Convention to one lucky collector. This year, in true Wonka fashion, each seat at every table was adorned with a yummy Tonner Bar. Hidden inside only one was the coveted Golden Ticket. Here is our lucky winner:
Robert was presented with a very special surprise from the Tonner Staff:
This year’s charity was A Friend’s House, and the raffle was a great success, so thank you to all who bid and donated. We were able to raise quite a substantial amount, and our hearts are brimming with pride and joy to have helped such a worthwhile cause. Take a look at the incredible OOAKs that were produced by Tonner’s Design Team at the Wall Street offices:
There was also some very kind words spoken of Robert. Both Jack Kralik, Tonner VP, and Harris Saffier, Robert’s partner, got up and spoke about Robert’s amazing milestone. Jack told us the story of how he ended up working for Robert: Robert and Jack were once neighbors, when Robert bought his first home upstate. When Robert moved in, Jack noted that Robert was known around the neighborhood as the elusive, glamorous fashion designer from New York. Little did he know that Robert was busy sculpting dolls and sewing their clothes inside that very house!
Jack used to work with Harris as a realtor, and when he decided to move on after many years, Harris told Robert not to let Jack get away. Robert enthusiastically called Jack to encourage him to join Team Tonner, and the rest is history! We’ve got great video of this and we promise we’re going to share it, but it seems to be taking quite a while to upload (!), and we simply don’t want to hold this post off any longer… But as we said, we will absolutely share it as soon as it’s finished processing!
Harris spoke about Robert’s terrific collectors (YOU!), and how you’ve all given him the opportunity to do what he loves. You see, it is all of you wonderfully dedicated, fatally loyal collectors that have allowed Robert to pursue and live his dream, and for that, Harris is eternally grateful. Harris spoke of how proud he is of Robert for pursuing his dreams, and how happy he is to have been a part of it. Again, we have this on video, and will share as soon as it uploads! Bring your Kleenex, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house!
Here Robert gets a tearful hug from Michelle Hodge, who’s been with the company since it’s incarnation 20 years ago. This was a very emotional milestone for them both:
As this exciting, emotionally charged weekend drew to a close, it soon came time to say goodbye. Truth be told, it was very bitter-sweet. Here we are: we’ve had this amazing time together, but goodbyes are never easy. You see, you’ve all touched our lives in such a special way, especially Robert, and sometimes, it’s hard to put into words how incredibly important you are to what Tonner is, and has become. We can’t thank you enough for coming to Convention, either virtually or actually, and we are so grateful for the endless support you’ve given us! The friendship seeds that have been planted and that have sprouted and grown over the past 20 years mean more to us than words can really express. We’ve said it before, and we’re proud to say it again: We’re NOTHING without YOU!! You’ve all given Robert and Tonner Doll 20 great years, and for that, we THANK YOU, and here’s to 20 more!