Corporate and Special Event Planning

Simply Perfect

Simply Perfect
Tonight I enjoyed one of the most wonderful nights of my life. Here is what I posted earlier tonight on Facebook…
Today is February 12, 2014. One year from the day my dad passed away. So tonight to honour my dad, and hopefully every year from here on out on this day, we are heading out to where he spent his last moments on this earth with his friends and my mom. We are going to sit around and drink some beer, and eat his favourite foods, pepperoni mushroom pizza and wings and I think I might even bring one of his favourite treats (plain chips dipped in vinegar) and force everyone to eat a small bite and maybe even chocolate ice cream cones. Thanks to the Ross family for allowing us to do this and for joining us tonight.

 Along with this photo of my dad. One of the last I ever took of him. This is him at his 60th birthday party. Notice the ice cream cone in his hand? Well he LOVED ice cream cones, chocolate specifically. Here where we live there is an ice cream boat that makes its way up and down the Rideau River providing ice cream to those on boats and people at the beach. We hired them to stop by the party and serve ice cream to everyone at the party. My dad loved it. Although he was never one to show his excitement we know this was one of his favourite parts of his party.

Well he would have loved what we did tonight. Tonight was simply one of the best nights of my life. And because it was simple. It was a last minute throw together. After he passed away my girls said they wanted to play hockey on the anniversary of his death. I left it a bit late but called our family friends to ask if the ice might be cleared off where my dad had his accident. They said unfortunately no. So I explained what I wanted to do and we said there was too much ice but we could certainly go down there. So that’s when I decided we’d go ahead with the idea that I posted on Facebook tonight.  I ran around town after closing the showroom getting some of my dad’s favourites – Stella beer, chips and vinegar, coke, pizza, wings – picked my mom up and headed for the ice. We arrived a bit late so Trevor and Mekayla had already been there and were apparently already down on the ice. So we unloaded the car and hauled everything down to the ice. On our way there we had been talking about that we should have brought flashlights or something. Unfortunately I didn’t think about a fire or flashlights. 

We arrived and as we walked down the path to the ice surface I could see the light from a fire. I got down to the ice surface to find a shoveled out fire pit with seats. It was so much more than what I had hoped for. Mark, our family friend and a good friend of my dad’s had gone and cut down a tree right after work and then gone down and hand shoveled out this simply perfect area for us to remember in. 

The most emotional part of the night for me was when Mark pointed to a pair of skates that were sitting my the fire. He said “I don’t know if any of you knew I had these but these are Kirk’s skates. And this is the beer he was drinking that day.” OMG!! My dad’s skates. The skates he was wearing that day he had his accident. They had taken them off him there and left them. Now here they were a year later. Same skates my dad always had so I could picture him wearing them still. None of us shed a tear but this was an emotional moment for me. Made everything feel real. 

Julia O’Grady has big vision, fresh ideas and a proven track record in the events industry. She and her team work hard to exceed client expectations and push ITM Events to achieve greater heights. A driven entrepreneur, Julia also manages the business side of ITM Events including human resources, finances, marketing and writing grant and sales proposals. In taking a high level approach to event management, Julia is able to visualize a project from inception to successful execution. She attracts valuable sponsors by offering meaningful opportunities to engage with participants. Julia uses her keen analytical mind to create incredible events that maximize the available budget. When Julia isn’t planning unforgettable events, she loves travelling the world with her family, staying active, and enjoying fine food and martinis.


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