Corporate and Special Event Planning

What a Weekend!

What a Weekend!
What a fantastic weekend!  We were so busy but everyone of our events was such a success.  Every event presented us with minor hiccups but they were easily resolved.  At one point I started to get worried about having things “go wrong” but realized that every event has things go not quite as planned and it only seemed like alot at the time because we had four events back to back. Looking back now, every event was perfect!
Thursday night we had our prostate cancer game for the Ottawa West Golden Knights. Everything got set up smoothly and the night started without any major concerns. We set up a fantastic fundraiser in the lobby but I was concerned at first because no one was participating but by the end of the night my expectations were blown out of the water. I had to make the opening ceremony “speech” and it went fairly well however I had to run back to the lobby for something just as I was supposed to be stepping on the ice and found myself out of breath by the time I reached the ice. I tried to slow my breathing enough so that I didn’t sound out of breath while talking. I think I was successful, I felt like I sounded funny but the team said I did great. I then had to step off the red carpet and on to the ice in my sexy black boots to take a photo of the puck drop. I later found out the team had been making bets on whether I was going to fall flat on my butt or not. I hear some guys lost some money on that bet because I was as cool as could be out there and didn’t even slip.
Friday night I made my way to my almost weekly trip to Perth for the Blue Wings game. Our theme this week was Emergency Services Appreciation.  The stands were packed because we had so much going on. The Algonquin College Student Association was there and the staff, students and parents from St. John Elementary School were there to watch the kids during two mini games during intermission.  We had to make some last minute changes to our scheduling because the emergency services personnel we hoped would come out didn’t. We had planned on having the fire, police and paramedics compete against each other a fun little relay during the first intermission. Instead the kids from the school got to play two games. They were thrilled and so were the parents. They had such a great time. I didn’t even know any kids on the ice but I even got a little teary eyed watching them all take off onto the ice, so proud to be out in the middle of a Jr. B game.  They were so cute.
Saturday morning came early after a late drive home from Perth. But, I had to get up and get moving because we had a very busy day, with two events back to back.  First we had the Kemptville Santa Claus parade. We had to get our float to town and into line at the parade.  We had to coordinate our volunteers and make time to put the finishing touches on the float. I thought our day wasn’t busy enough as it was so I also through in dental appointment into the mix.  I have been in the parade before but it is different when you are doing it for something of your very own. I felt so proud walking down the street with our float full of kids and having people call out my name from the side of the street.  We went with a mardi gras theme. We handed out necklaces with an advertisement for our next upcoming contest. They looked fantastic but they got all tangled and for the last 10 minutes before the parade started there were 6 of us trying to untangle them all. We also didn’t have near enough to hand out. Something we’ll have to think about for next year. Perhaps having something different for the kids and parents…we’ll see. I guess it depends on what we plan to do as our theme.
Lastly, Saturday night we had the big fashion show at Panache. It was a huge success!  The tickets sold out only about two weeks after they went on sale so we knew it would be a full house. The store looked amazing. I was pleased, especially because decorating is not my forte. Last year for New Year’s our colour scheme was silver and blue, same as the fashion show. I was so glad I brought along our buckets of blue and silver decorations, they were the perfect addition to the planned decor.  One set of decorations we ordered for the event ended up being crap. I was so disappointed. They could have been so cute. I am so glad our entire theme wasn’t based on them because that would have been a major disaster. I am excited to get the photos up to show you. 
The entire weekend was so amazing! I was a little stressed heading into it but came out of it so proud of our work.  We really did do an amazing job.  I am so grateful for this part of my life. It really does bring me such happiness and fulfillment. 
Cheers to many more action packed, successful weekends!

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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