March 31, 2005, Prince Andrew was one of the Keynote speakers at the Florence Crittendon charity Luncheon. Florence Crittendon is a home and school for teens who have no where else to go. It also is a place where young Mother's who want to give birth to their baby can go. They offer them an education, job training skills as well as a safe place to live. I have been a big supporter of this place for a very long time as I am a BIG believer in Pro-Life options only.
I went to this luncheon with my good friend and fellow Royal family follower Earlene, she is also the one who went with me to meet the Dutchess Of York Sarah Ferguson. We arrived very early for this event and I decided to have my car valet parked at the Arizona Biltmore Resort. When I got out of my car to turn it over to the valet I noticed in front of me was the owner and his wife of the company my husband works for. I started chatting away with them and just followed them into the building. We were standing just inside the doorway when in walked Prince Andrew and a few of his security detail. I was no more then 5 feet from ROYALTY!!!! I nearly passed out, then very discreetly this lady walks up whispers in my ear, "could I have your ticket please", I looked at her and said you mean my ticket for the luncheon?? She said NO this is for high profile donations only with tickets. I quickly turned and walked out,my friend and I giggled away as we walked to the proper luncheon area, this huge luncheon with about 1,000 people is where we really belonged!!!! Our luncheon ticket cost us $150.00 so I wonder what that ticket cost!!!! Every year at our annual Company Christmas Party the wife of the owner laughs and says to me, "you should have just said you were with us", gosh I never thought of that!!!!!It was so funny and yet so cool!!!!!Prince Andrew spoke so positively about his role as a father of 2 daughters and it was so nice to hear him speak so proudly of his daughters.