I always love Social Media Breakfast. There’s something about being able to communicate with people on social media in advance, during a talk, and afterwards that makes everyone involved spectacularly friendly. Or maybe it’s just the type of people that come. Either way, #SMBYYC47 had all the fun and friendliness that I’ve come to expect out of these events.
This was a rare afternoon “breakfast” that didn’t feature a talk. Instead, the SMBYYC committee organized the December social as a fundraiser for a local charity. The Melrose Café (@MelroseRedMile) and KooL 101.5 (@KooL1015Calgary) were finishing up their #fillthebus campaign on Sunday, so this was a great chance to collect more donations for The Magic of Christmas. And since the campaign included a draw for tickets to an exclusive turkey dinner at Melrose, the winners could be announced during the event.
The featured photo for this blog post features Neil Zeller (@Neil_Zee), who donated his time and expertise to create “Elf Yourself” photos for SMBYYC’ers who donated to the campaign. He was also at last month’s event to shoot some free headshots for attendees. This month’s photos were a little less on the serious side, as The Costume Shoppe donated a trunk full of elf gear that everyone could get decked out in.
A little bit of goofiness for the holidays…
Make sure to visit neilzellerphotography.com to see some great photos from all over Calgary1
Getting close to the #fillthebus milestone
I really hope that Melrose met its goal for the campaign! The pile of presents sure looked big by the time we left. (And later.) Here’s Donna McTaggart (@donnamct) and Tony Johanson (@tnjohan) in front of the Christmas Tree.
Entering the draw!
The Melrose team knew what they were doing, and had a laptop at hand that people could use to donate. Afterwards, donors like Haley K (@hkemmer) could fill out a ballot and enter the draw.
Hanging out with some awesome people
Here’s the disadvantage to taking photos: you don’t concentrate on much else. Whatever the joke was, it’s a sure thing that Kali and Stacey were both in on it. With Kali Readwin (@KaliRS), Brett Hopper (@bhopps83), Stacey Perlin (@smashingdahling) and Kevin Olenick’s distinctive hat (@kevole).
Smile for the camera!
I love Stacey’s method of posing for pictures. When in doubt, just have fun with it!
P.S. Stacey: I’m sorry that Glynn was a brat about teasing you when you helped me with my shirt!
Ryan Pilling (@wowryan) from WowFest—also a sponsor—delights us with his card tricks. Later, Ryan’s card tricks would be a welcome intermission from the list of 40 names being drawn for turkey dinner!
Sean’s tie steals the show
There was a bit of a debate over whether Sean’s tie was orange or pink (or “salmon”) and what the best method of tying a skinny tie is. I vote for the double-windsor knot. Anyway, Sean’s tie eventually spawned its own hashtag. With Sean Sandhurst (@SeanSandhurst) and Kali Readwin (@KaliRS).
The final draw
Brett from Kool 101.5 had a list of 40 names to get through, but he kept it interesting. And he learned the trick to speaking at Melrose: never stand underneath the speakers.
I’ve always said that I only win prizes when it’s something that’s going to take a little extra effort on my part. Apparently, that particular kind of luck has rubbed off on Glynn: he won tickets to the turkey dinner Thursday night, so we’re both looking forward to seeing… well… everyone who was standing in our corner of the room, along with the rest of the Melrose crew. It looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun!
To everyone else, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Blessed Solstice. To get updates for the January SMBYYC, email firstname.lastname@example.org to subscribe to the mailing list, or watch the #smbyyc hashtag on Twitter.