Every year, Muddy Paws Cheesecake hosts a Holiday Bazaar that collects toys for children and food for animals. It is a one stop shopping experience full of local artisans selling everything from jelly to toffee to knitwear to home accessories. Since this was the 20th anniversary, Tami really decked the place out and offered even more free samples of her cheesecake. It is always a pleasure to work with such a wonderful woman who has such a tender heart and giving spirit. This holiday event really puts you in the holiday mood and supporting local businesses makes it even better! Be sure to like Muddy Paws Cheesecake on facebook so you get notices for whenever they throw shindigs like this one!
Tonight there was quite the ruckus at Manny’s Steakhouse. Chad Greenway and some of his Vikings teammates were pouring wine, serving apps and signing autographs for some die hard fans.
Chad Greenway has a charity called Lead the Way Foundation, which provides support and resources to seriously ill and physically challenged children in Minnesota. Tonight was a silent and live auction to benefit the cause. Karen Sorbo did an amazing job, as always, energizing the crowd and getting their bids going. And the guests’ generosity was overwhelming, especially right off the bat when Chad’s donation that night was matched immediately.
Though there were some great items to bid on, the real treat was being able to flag over your favorite Vikings player and have them serve you a brownie while they chatted game strategies. I’ve never seen so many grown people with gleams of absolute joy in their eyes. What made it even better? The players were down to earth, generous and had a good time. Here are a couple pictures from the event, enjoy!
Today I had a fun assignment. I got to go over to the Convention Center and photograph the setup for a big charity event.
Two domes of the convention center were ready for the 2,500 guests…and before anyone got there, I photographed the details. Ryan Hanson, owner of BeEvents designed the space and he used the theme of “circles and squares”. He incorporated glass spheres at the three VIP lounges, along with hanging curtains of various shapes, each branded with a sponsor’s logo. It is tough to work with a space that has such height to it, but a giant inflatable arch will do the trick, right? I loved seeing the repetition of arches throughout the design…and on such a huge scale.
Dramatic lighting was used throughout the room as well, constantly changing and playing off each other. Summer Harsh created arrangements that echoed the use of spheres and worked with the different color schemes of the three lounges. Summer and Ryan also decked out the greenrooms for that night’s entertainment, it is amazing how you can make pipe and drape rooms look homey!
Here are my favorite images!