With the help of many astounding individuals and businesses, we pulled together an evening worthy of the fresh spring sunshine that rolled into town for us. Sarver Winery and Falling Sky Brewery stepped up to provide our guests with refreshments that justified the lengthy line to obtain them. Not only did they provide beverages we couldn’t get enough of, but they sent witty staff to complete the package. Ian, Sarver’s veteran wine counter extraordinaire, had knowledge of the vineyard and wine they create that would make one wonder if he was a Sarver himself. Scott, from Falling Sky, was not only charismatic but he’s the mastermind brewer behind the unique and tasty brews that accompanied him.
The LCC Center for Meeting and Learning provided a spread that was mouthwatering and a catering staff that was not only kind and friendly, but went out of their way to please. (More than one of those angels went out of their way to slip me shrimp-stuffed cucumber cups and chocolate covered strawberries amidst my hosting.) None of that should have been a surprise after meeting one of their fearless leaders, Shelly Kane. This woman had an attention to detail that few are capable of. Because of her, we evaded more than one small catastrophe.
Parties to Go helped us transition from an office to a party venue in a flash and provided us with a portable, heated space to accommodate all of our guests. Their team was quick, efficient and worked seamlessly. Last, but certainly not least, Beth Tassan & Brittany Quick-Warner from the Eugene Chamber of Commerce were helpful, friendly and patient while ensuring that we created the most successful event possible. We truly could not have done it without them! As if Brittany’s role with the Chamber isn’t enough, she’s also the co-owner of the wildly unique, Blue Bus Creatives. The PhotoSwagon provided our guests and staff with strip after strip of photographic evidence of the good times that were had.
By the time the evening wrapped up, it was clear that the 12+ hour days leading up to the event were more than worth it. In three short hours, I not only had the opportunity to sip amazing wine, snack on delectable food and mingle with the new friends I share an office with, but I got the rare opportunity to meet our clients. What better way to come together with the professional community than in a setting that was relaxed and fun?
To everyone who made it to our Business After Hours, I can’t thank you all enough for the wonderful evening that transpired. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to be introduced to such a tremendous group of successful and innovative individuals. With over 200 attendees representing 125 businesses, we can call it a success! Special recognition goes out to several businesses that attended in full force: Bent Ericksen, DocuTRAK, Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce, Feynman Group, Home Federal Bank, La-Z-Boy Furniture and Summit Bank. A team that works well enough together that they opt to spend even more time together outside of the office can be a force to be reckoned with! I can’t wait to experience all of the relationships that will develop as a result of this evening!
One final shout out to all who helped make our Business After Hours a success: Eugene Chamber of Commerce, The LCC Center for Meeting & Learning, Parties to Go, Sarver Winery, Falling Sky Brewery, Blue Bus Creatives, King Estate Winery, Radisson Hotel – Portland, and Blue Dog Mead. THANK YOU!
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