Here’s a post from Graco’s Kelley Maxfield, Associate Channel Marketing Manager (She’s the one with the short blond hair down in front - welcome Kelley!) Kelly was our fearless leader at the Atlanta Parent Magazine Family Block Party this year, and here she is to share the fun we had:
You see announcements at your office “help volunteer” or “get involved” – and you think “do I really want to give up a Saturday of sleeping in or eating delicious, fluffy buttermilk pancakes with pecans and real Maple syrup?” Yes, YES and YES!
Two weeks ago, Graco and Calphalon sponsored the Atlanta Parent Magazine’s Family Block Party at Mercer University Atlanta’s Campus. Why did we give up sleep and pancakes – to PARTY with a PURPOSE! As you can tell, I was in charge of recruiting volunteers
Well, we’re the new kids in town, recently relocated from Pennsylvania and we came to introduce ourselves to the community. The Block Party also benefited four non-profits: The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Girls on the Run, Camp Twin Lakes and Project KARMA, Inc.
So at 7AM, on a Saturday, Graco and Calphalon volunteers set up shop under our tent – and wow, did it look great! We had car seats, strollers, highchairs, Pack ‘n Play® playards, thermometers and nasal aspirators galore! We had three car seat installation demos throughout the campus. And my, oh my, Calphalon had an omelet demo station, teaching us how to flip our eggs just like Julia (OK, so we didn’t completely forego a yummy breakfast).
Now, when I say, “Atlanta – you sure know how to host a party,” I mean it. The Block Party had over 50 family-friendly activities – storytelling, climbing walls, face painting, a football field filled with moon bounces, pony rides. The Atlanta Zoo even walked around with a massive tortoise and we were entertained by belly dancers and 5 year olds belting out classic R&B classics in the talent competition (glad I didn’t bring my lame-O nursery rhymes).
A big THANK YOU to all the Graco and Calphalon volunteers and Atlanta Parent Magazine – Thank you for having us – we had a great time! – Kelley M