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Centreville Rotary Club Engagement

On Tuesday, September 27, The Centreville Rotary Club invited Blue Silhouette Productions to present “A Behind the Scenes Look at Noteworthy DC Events."

Event Designer and Strategist, Toni Johnson began her presentation with a uniquely created game entitled “Am I an Event.” This game allowed the audience to test their knowledge of actual events versus “event elements.” Toni also shared some of her more memorable anecdotes about DC’s noteworthy properties, behind the scenes design tips, and event essentials taken from among her more recent portfolio projects.

The Centreville Rotary club, based in Chantilly, VA assembles at the Chantilly, Eggspectation Restaurant known for its delicious menu of unique dishes and its "too die for Three Layer Milk Cake." The Club has already shown an eagerness to embrace the Rotary mantra by adopting an alternative high school in Centreville, collecting shoes for children in need, organizing fundraisers to support the families in Haiti and participating in Centreville Day.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s 2011 Children’s Congress

“Promise to Remember Me”, the theme song for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s (JDRF) Childrens Congress was my musical foray into the world of Type One Diabetes, also known as Children’s Diabetes. From March–July 2011, I served as the liaison/point of contact for a cross section of Children’s Congress delegates and their parents from over twenty states and abroad. The children ranged in age from seven to seventeen. In some cases, the delegates were actually siblings.

The Children’s three day visit to the Nation’s Capital was from June 20 to June 22. While in Washington, the delegates advocated for urgent regulatory action to advance the medical breakthrough of the artificial pancreas and request continued support of federal funding for research for a cure for Type One diabetes.

Celebrities joining the delegates were Olympic gold medalist and swimmer Gary Hall, Jr.; professional LPGA golfer, Carling Coffing; winner of Amazing Race 17, Dr. Nat Strand; and NFL football player Kendall Simmons. These celebrities served as panelists for JDRF’s Town Hall Panel, “Role Models with Type One Diabetes.” The Town Hall is an opportunity for the delegates to interact with these diverse professionals, as they share their experiences of managing the disease while pursuing their professional dreams. Recording artist Crystal Bowersox led the event’s traditional performance of the “Promise to Remember Me” song at the Upper Senate Park located at 200 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.

The Children’s Congress culminated with the delegates scheduled visits to their respective Congressmen and Senators. Each delegate presented their respective State/District representatives with a personally created scrapbook and had the opportunity to tell their own story of what it’s like to live with Type One diabetes and presented ideas on alternative treatments available for their disease. My delegates went home satisfied that they had accomplished their mission. Karen Irwin, the event designer for the JDRF Children’s Congress has asked me to join her again for the next Children’s Congress scheduled for 2013. What a vote of confidence!!

Breezy Summertime Funfest

What better way to spend a 90 degree plus summer day than as a guest at a Breezy Summertime Funfest? This multi-age event proved to be just what the young client had in mind! Step One: identify a centrally located venue that would offer ample indoor and outdoor spaces as well as swimming pools to keep the guests cool and create a backdrop for the selected theme. Step Two: create an exciting menu that would get the “approval” of an eleven year old client and ensure that both vegans and guest with food allergies could have their fill of the party’s entrees without feeling left out. Step Three: turn the indoor spaces into a welcoming tropical paradise using the client’s favorite colors, images and objects from Hawaii, her favorite vacation destination. Music, décor, food, and lighting helped create the event backdrop. Guests were welcomed by the host with traditional Hawaiian leis.

The above steps, as successfully executed created Augusts’ Breezy Summertime Funfest. From hide and seek aka “Manhunt” to action driven “Am I Commercial Ad Material”; to racing against the clock with Treasure Hunt; to a cool, refreshing “face dive” into a mound of delicious whipped cream during the “Bubble Gum Whipped Cream Fantasy,” the group squealed and giggled with joy. And what’s a party without the latest hits blaring from the speakers and young people moving to the beat?

All too soon, the party came to an end for the host and her friends. As parting gifts, the young host presented her friends with unique party boxes which borrowed from her breezy summertime beach theme to remind them of the day they had spent at her Breezy Summertime Funfest.

A special thanks to our partner and friend, David Peterson of Artistic Imaging Inc. Artistic Imaging provided the design, layout and graphic support for the event. Visit his website at: