We love working on events that allow us to showcase our design capabilities. However, implementing a grand design idea almost always comes at a cost. So when the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation hired us to do all the design and entertainment management for their annual weekend long fundraising event, we knew we were accepting a challenge of big-decor dreams with their non-profit budget.
The Mammoth Invitational takes place annually at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, and includes daily skiing and snowboarding activities, all meals and two signature evening events. Featuring US Ski and Snowboard Team members as guest “coaches,” the event raises funds to support youth athletic scholarships and programs. The Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation is one of our favorite local causes.
We had a blast with the “Gone Country” theme. The first night was “Wild West” and guests showed up appropriately dressed.
Guests were greeted by riders on horseback and Fiddlin’ Pete Watercott.
The evening festivities featured performances by the amazing HoneyTaps, casino tables and even a mechanical bull. Friday evening progressed with a great show by the Kenny Allen Band and, yes, even some line dancing.
You may already be exhausted, but the weekend was just starting. For night two we transformed the venue for a “Denim & Diamonds Gala”, with a plated dinner and auction.
The HoneyTaps were back to greet guests and take photos. Renowned extreme skier Glen Plake showed up with a hat that covered his trademark mohawk.
Guests made their way to the cocktail hour and silent auction to start the evening.
At 6:45 the doors were opened to the “Denim & Diamonds Gala”, which featured denim tablecloths, hundreds of feet of red chiffon, bandana napkins, and lots of bling.
To maximize resources we “blinged out” items from night one to night two. One of our favorites was the chandelier designed by GFE’s Cara Richards that magically transformed from Wild West to Denim & Diamonds.
Kim Kittinger of Impulsive Flowers designed beautiful and elegant centerpieces. And GFE’s Sandra Di Domizio’s vision of silver cowboy boot centerpieces stole the show and looked amazing.
So, how did we do it? Ingenuity, elbow grease and over 100 amazing volunteers made it all possible.
Thank you and congratulations on a great event to Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation Executive Director Lindsay Barksdale.