It’s a Beautiful Day in the Hood

At Robin Hood, you never really know who is going to show up at our offices (since I started the following folks have walked through the doors at the hood: Christy Turlington, Admiral Mullen, the Chairman to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and all his secret service offices, Mayor Bloomberg and countless billionaire hedge fund managers), how much money we will bring in during one day (in 2011, we raised over 160 million dollars, which is over 400,000 dollars each day), or what artist has signed on to perform a concert to benefit Robin Hood (just last year we had Lady Gaga, the Black Eyed Peas and Sting – just to name a few!) But those are the big things, and this blog is about the little things.

Well yesterday there were a couple little things to celebrate.

I received an email mid-morning letting me know that I had a delivery upstairs. I wasn’t expecting anything and my mom had just sent some cookies, so I couldn’t imagine what it could be. Well, needless to say I was SUPER excited to open the packaging to reveal this:

"The Organizing Issue"

I spent the rest of the morning looking at all of the wonderful organization solutions that Martha and her team came up with for all the various areas of your home. I LOVE having a friend “on the inside.”

Then, as the afternoon “slump” set in, we received a floor wide email alerting us of delicious baked goods someone brought in from Chelsea Market. Instantly, a herd of people (including myself) ran over to the designated table. We sampled brownies, rugelach, and sugar cookies. YUMMY. After devouring nearly every treat, we decided to use our creative artistic abilities to capture this afternoon fun. You’re welcome for that.

Clearly it was a slow day in the hood. But sometimes, that is just what you need.

Black Eyed Peas Recap

On Friday September 30th, the Peas, Robin Hood and 60,000 New Yorkers gathered in one place to help our neighbors in need. Every cent that raised (4 million dollars) will be distributed by Robin Hood to the most effective poverty-fighting programs in New York City. As our executive director, David Saltzman said “this is a good old fashioned barn-raising;” people coming together to help people.

As many of you will remember, back in June, Robin Hood had a Black Eyed Peas concert scheduled and we were forced to cancel the show at the very last minute due to lightning. Some good did come out of the first “show” as you can see in these video:

 

Thankfully, we rescheduled the show and this time, despite some green rain drops a few hours into the show, it was a huge success. And let’s be honest, I wasn’t a huge Black Eyed Peas fan before all of this. Now, “I just can’t get enough.” They truly embrace the Robin Hood mission and want to give back. I am sure there are naysayers out there, but from where I sit, these are good people.

Here are a few of my favorite pictures from the evening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

My favorite part of the show was when my co-workers and I got to go up on stage and take in the view of the 60,000 people. We just kept turning to each other and saying, “It is really happening.” Sometimes it is hard to believe that I get paid to do this.


The Ultimate Rock Weekend Preview

I am still recovering the past weekend, where Robin Hood hosted the ultimate rock weekend in New York City.

Friday night we held our reschedule Black Eyed Peas show that had been cancelled back in June and Saturday we helped to celebrate Sting’s 60th Birthday with a few of his famous friends. Both evenings were a huge success but were both physically and emotionally draining. Here are a few pictures to hold you over.

 

Déjà Vu

I think it is fair to say that in May and June, my life was a little hectic.

Although Matt and I had close to the world’s longest engagement (19 months to be exact) the last month or so leading up to the big date is always a little crazy. I had a lot of last-minute details to take care of.

  1. Figure out how to do my own make up
  2. Buy a rehearsal dinner dress
  3. Finish making escort cards
  4. Practice first dance so we don’t look stupid

These are all things that should get done a week or two before the big day. Unfortunately for me, that was not the case.

On June 9th, my work (Robin Hood) threw a huge concert in Central Park featuring the Black Eyed Peas and a few special guests. It was a multi-million dollar production with a stage that took over a week to assemble. It was going to be the first time since Simon & Garfunkel played in the great lawn back in 1981 (yes, that was before I was born) that such a large concert would take place there. And when I say large, I mean  60,000 people to be exact. Needless to say, this event kept me distracted and I wasn’t able to focus on the details of my wedding.

Oh, and I forgot to mention that we also hosted a preview show on June 7th at the famed Apollo Theater for 2,000 guests. Right, I guess that required a bit of work too.

So the first show went off without a hitch. We were all super excited for the main concert event. On the day of the concert, it was over 100 degrees in New York City so the police decided to push back the 3pm gate opening to 7pm. Then at 7pm they decided to push it back to 7:45pm, this time due to rain.

After escorting in about 20 or so of our VIP guests and opening to gates to the masses of fans waiting for the concert, the Mayor had to pull the plug on the concert due to a thunder and lightning storm that would not pass. It was an unbelievable surreal moment… all of our work was for nothing. One of my co-workers said it best when she said “well, now I know what it feels like to be left at the altar.”

There was a lot of public outcry against us for cancelling the concert. And while I think we needed to cancel the show, it was truly heartbreaking. Reading the emails from upset fans and ticket holders made me sick to my stomach. The last few days of my wedding, which were supposed to be spent Black Eyed Peas free, were spent trying to pick of the pieces of this mess.

Thankfully on the Wednesday before the big day, my boss could sense my stress levels rising. When I finally told her all of the things on my “wedding to do list” that remained undone, she dropped everything, assembled the best Robin Hood dream team I could imagine and helped me get it all done. I was able to leave New York feeling ready to get married! And when I arrived home in New Hampshire that night, there was a bottle of champagne waiting for me from my friends in “the hood.” Man I love my job (have I ever told you that before?)

Well now here we are more than 2 months later. And it looks like Robin Hood “Just Can’t Get Enough” of the Black Eyed Peas.

 

It’s Gonna Be A Good Night (at least, we are all crossing our fingers and hoping it will be!) At least this time I won’t have a wedding to worry about after it!