Zip ties found in our junk drawers. Creating a run of show for mundane daily tasks. Wistful feelings at the sight of a stow-and-go minivan.

We can’t help it. We’re events people.

And after an extremely hard year, the spring has us feeling hopeful that we’ll once again be able to wake up at 4:00 AM on event morning, wield our Leathermans and fanny packs, and ride our golfcart off into the sunrise before participants arrive.

But what happens when our team goes a whole year without producing events?

Read on for a little levity.

 

Tim Brockman, President & COO

I miss live events so much that I have been getting up every morning at 3:30AM just so my body is ready for Event Day O-Dark-thirty call times once again.

I miss live events so much that I have been wearing my gig boots for the past few weeks just so my feet are ready for being on event again soon.

I miss live events so much that I have been walking around my house high fiving and hugging my family to be ready for on-event participants.

Mike Murphy, Exec. VP, Production & Concepts 

I miss live events so much that I’m spending more time outdoors in an effort to ward off future sunburns when the time comes!

I miss live events so much that I’m walking around the yard saying “go for Murph” in the pretend-radio in my hand.

I miss live events so much that my bag is packed and ready to go out the door!  LET’S GO!

Janelle Benuska, Field Operations Coordinator

I miss live events so much that I sat in a car with a colleague for 14 hours from Chicago to Denver in one day to be part of the 5x5K FOR GOOD pilot! And I totally cried when I got on-site.

Joann Buckley Collins, Senior Copywriter

I miss live events so much that I found myself nostalgically pining for a truly terrible room service meal I had in Michigan in 2019.

John Diesel, Data Warehouse Manager

I miss live events so much that I sometimes stay up all night with a walkie.

Molly Fast, Local Operations Director

I miss live events so much that I smile wistfully when I see a porta potty. I miss live events so much that I take photos of zip ties when I find them on the ground and text them to my co-workers.

Jake Geiger, Account Director

I miss live events so much that I geeked out my car luggage rack with custom rack, bracing and totes. Zip ties were also used…

Irina Gelfand, General Counsel

I miss live events so much that I get up at 4AM with my puppy just to get the thrill of that early wake up call. Fine, the puppy wakes me up, but still.

Jennifer Hagan, Account Director

I miss live events so much that I wear my staff jacket on cold mornings.

Cyrena Hillyard, Director, Creative Services

I miss live events so much I take photos of random signage.

Tisho Jessop, Fundraising and Support Coach

I miss live events so much that I feel a tinge of sadness every time I spot a Stow & Go minivan.

Patrick Riley, Vice President, Account Directors

I miss live events so much that I have been watching old live in-concert documentaries.

Jillian Schranz, Director of Business Development

I miss live events so much that I volunteered to spend part of my weekend over spring break doing signage inventory for our first event of the season!

Slade Thompson, Account Director

I miss live events so much that I pack my bags with event gear even when I’m traveling for fun.

Bryan Wilson, Field Marketing Coordinator

I miss live events so much that I now categorize my church picnics in the park as “big” live events in my PalmPilot.

Katie Zupancic Wymer, Sr. Manager, Digital Marketing

I miss live events so much that I wore my fanny pack during the virtual Run FOR GOOD at the P2P Forum.

I miss live events so much that I exclusively use my Leatherman to unpackage wrapped kids’ toys.

 

Readers, we want YOU to finish the sentence…I miss live events so much that I _____.

 

Katie Zupancic Wymer brings a strategic vision to event marketing and recruitment with a focus on peer-to-peer fundraising events. Through digital and traditional marketing strategies, she focuses on maximizing new participant acquisition and increasing returning participant retention for our partners.

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