First of all, let me start by apologizing for the lack of post last week! I thought I had one set to auto post, and there were technical difficulties, and since I was busy with the above event, I didn’t notice until it was too late! Let’s just blame it on Mercury retrograde!
In another life, before I started Different Path Events, I worked for The Opportunity Alliance, and one of my primary duties was planning their fundraising events. Lucky for me, they were my very first clients, and I get to plan all the events that have been near and dear to my heart for the last four years! As a business that primarily focuses on wedding planning, these events a such a fun break from what I usually focus on!
This event has always been my favorite to plan because baseball runs in my blood – my grandfather, known as Jumpin’ Johnny Colgan, is in the Maine State Baseball Hall of Fame, and I played very competitive softball growing up in Florida.
Last Tuesday, I was fortunate enough to be the event planner for The Opportunity Alliance’s annual Sea Dogs Welcome Back Dinner. Each year, The Opportunity Alliance teams up with the Portland Sea Dogs the night before their first game. They get together at the Portland Expo, with about 400 fans, to have a ballpark style meal together, have a ton of fun, and introduce the team. Shain’s of Maine is so generous and donates Sea Dogs Biscuits for everyone, while Coca-Cola makes sure they’ve donated enough product to keep everyone hydrated while running after those player autographs!
This is one of the few events I get to plan that involves kids, which is so much fun, since I’m basically a big kid at heart. It also means I get a chance to work with Partypalooga, who create magical balloon animals and creations, as well as super fun glitter tattoos.
The evening went off without a hitch, and this event has really hit a stride after we’ve all worked together for a few years. A huge thank you to The Opportunity Alliance, the staff of the Portland Expo, and the Portland Sea Dogs for making this one of my favorite events of the year, and the way I truly know it’s spring – by welcoming it with baseball!