05 Jan, 2018

Event Recap: A SMPS Carol

Jordan Garren

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On December 6, 2017, SMPS DC held a holiday gathering for marketing leaders of the past, present, and future at the Arlington Arts Center in Clarendon. Against the backdrop of the modern art featured in the galleries, almost a hundred of our members celebrated the spirit of the season, connecting with old friends and forging new connections. Cakewalk Strategies sponsored the party, providing festive petit fours as party favors to complement the signature Mistletoe cocktail.

SMPS DC members celebrate at our annual holiday party.

The event featured a charity auction to benefit the Children’s Inn at the National Institute of Health, an organization that provides a residence for kids who are receiving cutting edge treatment, and for their families. The DC chapter has been supporting their efforts for the last five years.

SMPS DC members take advantage of the stellar silent auction items for bid.

Julie Ofrecio, the Inn’s Corporate Partnership & Events Manager, attended our party and detailed to members how the organization is appreciated for its ability not just to provide a basic place to stay, but for fostering a comfortable environment that feels like home for families as they navigate difficult times. Members were able to donate travel-size toiletries to the program in exchange for raffle tickets, purchase them outright, or bid on larger items in a silent auction. All in all, the auction raised more than $2,500 for the charity, and was an enjoyable resounding success.

SMPS DC member Katie Gregg retrieves her silent auction item after placing the winning bid.

SMPS DC President Pipper Mosley remarked on the leadership-related goals for the coming year, and to encourage attendance at this year’s Northeast Regional Conference being held nearby in Baltimore in March. Members also took part in an Instagram contest with other nearby chapters as a means of securing a free conference registration for one of our own!

SMPS DC President Pipper Mosely encouraged attendance at the upcoming SMPS Northeast Regional Conference.

Old Fezziwig certainly would have had a good time, and even Scrooge would have had to approve of the evening’s good cheer! Thank you to all of the attendees who helped make this event a success, to the Children’s Inn for their partnership, and to our Special Events Committee Co-Directors Mary Noonan and Alex Hallheimer and their committee for their efforts planning the party. Here’s to an exciting and prosperous 2018!

SMPS DC Community Outreach Director Melissa Blum shows off some of the silent auction bids.