THANK YOU, ST. LUKES and GLENSHEEN!
Over the past year, we’ve had the privilege of working with our local friends at both St. Luke’s and the Glensheen to produce the much anticipated Duluth Moms Blog Birthday Gala and it has been our absolute pleasure.
Several of our own writers and team members have had experiences within St. Luke’s walls (everything from delivering bundles of joy in their brand new birthing center, to surgery, and urgent care visits), and we are always delighted when our readers share their own St. Luke’s stories with us.
We were thrilled that the Glensheen invited us back and helped us host another event in the most stunning mansion this side of Lake Superior. Many Minnesota families have visited the Glensheen over the years, but if you haven’t yet, we recommend you catch yourself a glimpse of this beautiful estate ASAP. Let it’s beauty wow you the next time you take a tour!
Put simply, our events wouldn’t be possible without the sponsorship of St. Lukes and the Glensheen. I can confidently speak for our entire team and over 100 beautiful moms in attendance at the Gala when I say “THANK YOU!”
FIRST ANNUAL BIRTHDAY GALA RECAP
Our gala on Thursday, December 14th was a BLAST to say the least! Picture it: over one hundred women, mostly moms, decked out in their finest holiday wear, which ranged from sequin-adorned tops to gowns and everything in between. We were all EXCITED to have the opportunity to trade in our day duds for something a little snazzier.
We want to thank all of you for spending the evening with us. It’s truly humbling to see how many of you came ready to celebrate, and the team loved getting to meet those of you who read our words and take part in our online community. Watching moms make connections with each other–both online and in person–is why we do what we do. We strive to provide you with the highest quality events possible and continue to be humbled by your response to our efforts. We had a great time socializing and dancing with you and we hope you enjoyed your night off from parenting! Thank you for coming and for getting into the spirit!
GIVING BACK TO OUR COMMUNITY
We care deeply about our community and admire the businesses who make a difference here in the Northland. Each time we put on a Duluth Moms Blog event, we partner with a local organization to donate a portion of our ticket sales in support of their mission. Part of the Birthday Gala proceeds was given to Project Joy, an organization that works in conjunction with Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank to provide weekend backpacks filled with food for local children and families in Northeastern Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin.
Building community goes beyond getting to know your neighbors. It’s also about getting to know your locally-owned and operated businesses. We strive to make sure Duluth Moms Blog events provide opportunities for local businesses to showcase their products to our audience of readers. We cannot say enough good things about the businesses who shared their products and services with us all at the Gala. We thank each and every one of them for providing amazing food, desserts, and services to show our moms how special they are.
We have been honored to partner with Northland Special Events for the past several DMB events and love everything Mariah creates for us. NSE encompasses three amazing businesses under one roof, including Duluth Balloon Company and Fluertation. They provided the show stopping “Happy Birthday” balloons, special signage, floral centerpieces and all the finishing touches to add class to our event. Mariah and her team always create a beautiful finished product for us and we are so lucky to work with them!
NORTHLAND SPECIAL EVENTS
FOOD AND DESSERT SPONSORS
We’re glad you all came hungry because our spread was delicious, wasn’t it? Our dessert sponsors made sure there was something to appeal to everyone; sweet or salty, spicy or fresh, you were guaranteed to find something that satisfied your cravings. We hope you enjoyed tasting some of the very best culinary options from Duluth’s finest catering and dessert businesses! We have had the privilege of not only working with all three of these amazing local businesses, but experiencing their food and desserts first hand beyond our events. Our food provided by Blackwoods Catering was such AMAZING. Snazzy Cakes never disappoints and their cupcakes were such a hit! Bridgeman’s was there serving up their famous “make your own sundaes” which included their famous holiday flavored option!
We absolutely adore our clothing sponsor, Maurices. They not only provided us with beautiful Holiday wear for the evening, but they gave each attendee a ten dollar gift card to be used in their store!
Amanda from JaneCane Photography has been our event photographer from the very beginning and she was at the Gala to capture the whole evening. With her keen eye for perfect shots, she always manages to show off the best sides of all of us–our smiles, our laughs, our connections with one another. We are so thankful for our amazing partnership with her!