Well its over. We did it. We successfully lugged 700 bags of granola into Manhattan, transferred them 4 times to different locations, carted probably 300 boxes of stuff across NYC, packed 700 gift bags and managed to look good for the evening cocktail party.
The day began with a 4:00am wake up call to begin my morning routine before we hailed a taxi at 5:30am to head to the hotel where the rest of the gift items were located. Once there, we began the daunting task of transporting some 300 boxes, and when I say boxes I mean the kind you can live in, from the hotel to the Lincoln Center two blocks away. We did it in rounds using three cars and a heck of a lot of man power. All of the boxes arrived to dressing room 7 of the Lincoln Center by 10:00am… yeah. I know.
Once the boxes were all in one location we began sorting the items and forming stations. Two hours later we were finally ready to begin to assemble the bags. We started at one end, grabbed an item from each pile until the bag was stuffed, placed it in the holding area and moved onto the next. We moved nonstop for two and a half hours until all 700 bags were assembled. We finished up at 2:30, just enough time to run back to the hotel, grab a bite to eat and begin primping for the cocktail party scheduled to begin at 5:00pm.
Needless to say I was a little frazzled and exhausted from the 9 hour venture I just went on. Luckily my sister was there to help me get ready and calm me down. Once I arrived at the reception, all nerves were calmed, the excitement of the Emmys returned and I truly enjoyed myself.
The awards ceremony was really cool. They plowed through those awards, one after another until all of them were handed out. I got to see some of the top news casters in broadcast journalism including Katie Couric, Brian Williams and Lester Holt. I really enjoyed the speeches of the winners and presenters. These people are truly passionate about their jobs and the issues they cover.
We left shortly before the ceremony ended to hand out the gift bags. At first, people came trickling out of the theater one at time, kindly taking a bag and thanking us. Then, all hell broke loose when the show was over. Hundreds of people came poring out of the building, all wanting a bag, all at the same time. It was quite comical actually and only lasted about 30 minutes.
And that was it. It was over. There were a few bags left over so we took some home with us for family and friends. I walked out of the Lincoln Center and back to the hotel to change to meet the rest of the family for a drink before calling it a night shortly after midnight.
It was quite and adventure. One I am glad, and sad, is over all at the same time. Would I do it again? Probably… I am a glutton for punishment
I was sitting at my computer when a message popped up in my inbox from a lady claiming she was from a company called “Off the Wall” and wanted to know if we were interested in getting our products featured in the gift bags for the 31st News and Documentary Emmy Awards in New York City. My first inclination was SCAM, but I hesitated to delete the email containing what appeared to be legitimate contact information. So, I called the number listed in the signature and low and behold an actual person answers the phone from an actual company who actually does the gift bags for the Emmys. I thought to myself; “seriously, this is actually happening?”And so it began… my trip to the Emmy Awards.
There are 700 gift bags, which means 700 2oz. bags of granola attached to 700 postcards that have to be made, packaged, sealed, affixed and driven to New York City. Immediately I called in the reserves: my amazing, fabulous, supportive, caring, giving group of peers, coworkers, friends and family who jumped at the opportunity to help in any way they could to make this event a success. This is a story of community, of neighbors helping neighbors, small businesses working together and a true tale of synergy at its finest.
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We are going to the Emmy Awards!
It is almost like deja vu. This time last year we were gearing up for the Rachael Ray Show and now, we just receive word that we were selected to be included in the swag bags that are given to the attendees of the 31st Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards to be held on September 27th at the Lincoln Center in New York City.
To make things even more exciting, we were invited to actually attend the event and hand out the bags! Mom and I are making the trip to NYC on September 26th for what will be an unforgettable, star studded experience. We can hardly wait!