Not Just Another Three-Day Weekend, 05.30.2013

I’m pretty sure my colleagues would agree when I write that the chief reason we love our business is the diversity of industries, people, projects and ideas we work with daily. One recent example inspired this blog. An event we have helped support for four years over the Memorial Day weekend has become something my husband and I really look forward to. Honestly, we didn’t initially think we were the types. Classic case of laziness or lack of understanding, I guess. Every third Monday in May, our client, Dignity Memorial ®, a huge funeral home and cemetery operator, asks us to support their community Memorial Day commemoration at Memorial Oaks Cemetery out in West Houston. The event, which is timed to last exactly one hour, draws hundreds of loved ones of people buried at the cemetery and, as it turns out, lots of veterans and family members who love or have loved and lost veterans from throughout the Greater Houston area. Flag read more »

Bikes, Babies and Beats: 20K 2K11 Recap, 01.09.2012

This time of year, everyone is posting (or has posted) their "Best Of" lists, and, while we like to think of ourselves as outrageously creative folk, we're suckers for a good recap. Without further ado--and in no particular order--our favorite 20K moments of 2011:  
  • Helped rebrand United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Houston as Easter Seals of Greater Houston to greater reflect the organization's broad range of services for people of all ages and with all kinds of disabilities and their families.
  • Celebrated our eighth year with Houston Habitat for Humanity and the first annual Bike to Build fundraiser. It has been rewarding beyond words to have watched so many families' lives transformed by homeownership. 
  • Introduced the stress-breaking, fun-loving, ridiculously silly 20K dance interlude. Sean Stephenson is our favorite "let it go and laugh" instructor.
  • Teamed up with March of Dimes-Houston Division and cheered on the 45,000 walkers who raised more than $3 million at the 2011 March for Babies. We also wined and dined (and media pitched) at the most successful March of Dimes special event in the national organization's history--the 2011 Houston Signature Chefs Gala.
  • Long-time client Devon Energy rang in their 40th Anniversary and were named again to the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list.
  • Humbled by the privilege of producing "Houston Remembers," a moving commemoration of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, on behalf of the Dignity Memorial Network.

    Photo by Trish Badger

  • Recommitted ourselves to life balance and international travel that spanned three continents.
  • Tackled and successfully managed an oil spill crisis for a client in the Gulf of Mexico (post-BP). While this wasn't a favorite moment, it was one that stood out as a challenge that was met head on.
  • Dedicated countless volunteer hours and support to local organizations, including Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, AIDS Foundation Houston, Noah's Kitchen, Houston Young People for the Arts and our clients.
  • Continued to merge our business activities with our passion for social consciousness. We have committed ourselves to growing 20K Group with a priority towards working with clients who "do good" in the world.
  There were many more moments that touched our hearts, made us proud and underscored the fact that we can't help but love our jobs. There's no doubt that we have it good! We hope that 2011 was kind to you and that 2012 brings cause for streamers, fireworks and lots of laughter. Cheers to a new year!

“Houston Remembers” and 10 Key Tips for Your Event Day, 09.28.2011

20K Group was honored to produce "Houston Remembers," an event commemorating the tenth anniversary of 9/11 at Discovery Green on September 9, 2011. Presented by Dignity Memorial, the event's focus was dedicated to those whose lives were lost in the attacks, their families, the survivors and the emergency responders who courageously tended to the relief efforts during the crisis and its aftermath.   The event went off without a hitch, and, more importantly, our client was thrilled. And now, we're divulging our top 10 event day secrets to you. We hope these tips will prove useful at your next event! We're always looking for new ideas and maximum efficiency, so please feel free to add yours to our comments section. 1. Create a Master Contact List. Instead of arranging your contact sheet in alphabetical order by last name, try sorting contacts by their organization and using different colors to identify each group. For the day-of, we also make pocketsize contact cards with VIP event contacts, like security and technical personnel, and laminate them for safe-keeping. 2. Functionality over Fashion. People might not remember what you wore during an event, but they’ll definitely remember if it was bad. By all means, look cute and professional, but f you’re a woman, we advise you to give the heels a break on event day and throw on a pair of flats. A recent addition we made to our wardrobes for “Houston Remembers” was the iPhone lanyard. Fashion-forward? Definitely not. But functionality wins out when you need to be in five different places at the same time and have calls and texts coming in at warp speed. You don't want to misplace or break that life force at any cost! read more »