For the amazing food we enjoyed, we would like to thank Jason’s Deli, Dixie Donuts, Panera Bread, Chipotle, Jersey Mike’s, Mellow Mushroom, Noodles & Company, Mo’s Sweet Mini’s, Urban Farmhouse, Cliff Bar and The Camel.

We were nothing without those extra caffeinated boosts of energy that kept us going sometimes when we felt we couldn’t go on. Thank you Alchemy and Blanchards, Costco and Panera Bread for making the delicious endless supply of coffee that was so neede possible.. A big shout goes out to Red Bull for lending us Red Bull can shaped coolers full of cans that kept us extra energized along with a couch and giant bean bag chair. All of these things were lifesavers at some point or another, for energy boosts, photo ops and cat naps alike!

Thank you to Plaza for the art supplies for further enabling us to do creative work for our clients. They went to very good use. 

And finally, sometimes we all needed a break. And everyone was raving about what sponsors provided.

Thank you to Ali Bullano, founder of Groovinyasa Yoga and teacher at Hot House Yoga for bringing yoga classes to CreateAthon. I took the class along with some regular yogis and people who had never done yoga before at all, and everyone was brought together and felt totally at ease. We were able to stretch and, most importantly, relax. Everyone I talked to after class was raving about how much they’d needed yoga and meditation and how very much appreciated it was.

And thank you to Richmond Comedy Coalition for bringing a comedy show to us! I’m not the only CreateAthoner who was a fan of your shows before you came here, but you certainly have many more after what you brought to our event. Thank you for not only providing entertainment that got everybody laughing but for incorporating us into your show. The epic game of rock paper scissors at the end was certainly one of the highlights of my night, and it was great to see everyone laughing and moving around when we all needed a pick me up. You helped the wheels of the creative process keep turning.

Sponsors were crucial in making CreateAthon what it is, a crazy and unpredictable creative marathon in all of the best ways. Thank you again from all of us at CreateAthon at VCU for all of the support and for cheering us on.

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#NOEXPLANATIONNEEDED

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I sat in on the presentation for nonprofit learning point, a nonprofit that provides nonprofit and leadership development for the community.

The group, led by Elliot Roth, went above and beyond, emphasizing their goal to create a message that could really get out there and make local nonprofits aware of this resource that is so conveniently available to them. They identified a target audience and solutions which in part included a folder with inserts for promotional materials and a brochure. I’ll be able to share some examples here soon, but I can tell you now; it looked very clean, professional and clear. It was awesome.

The team identified the resources nonprofit learning solutions provides very clearly, and offered detailed advice for the nonprofit as they move forward and grow. They provided some deliverables above and beyond all of that, and identified word of mouth as one effective solution for awareness of this resource.

And in that moment of truth, after the insanity of these past 24 hours, the client responded with.. *drumroll please*..

"You guys are incredible. Just incredible." And she expressed gratitude for all of the work.

It was honestly moving to just be in the room for that. I’m pretty sure there were tears.

What followed were plenty of hugs, smiles, selfies and senses of relief and well deserved pride.

And as an added note, though the true award of CreateAthon is the satisfaction and joy that comes from turning in your work to a happy client, selfie game award of the year goes to Tommy McPhail. Seriously. His selfie game was consistently on point, and the client loved how the group incorporated the selfies into their presentation to give it a personal touch. #wellearned #impressed

Congratulations on a job well done!

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Midnight check ins were a huge hit. (Midnight check in is the part where teams share what they’re working on with everyone here). And wow. There is some great great work being done right now, and I can’t wait to share it with the world on here when it’s all said and done! I feel lucky to be surrounded by so many talented people using their creative minds for good, full of energy drinks and delirium but somehow through all of the goofiness getting some serious work done. To say what people are doing tonight is impressive is an understatement. I am so proud of everyone! Keep going, guys!

CreateAthon Cribs

This is so important??

Burritos + corgis = you have no reason to not apply for CreateAthon next year. #HAPSPLACE2BE

Burritos + corgis = you have no reason to not apply for CreateAthon next year. #HAPSPLACE2BE

Uhh yeah nope not even pretending to understand anymore

Big thank you to Ali Bullano for bringing yoga and meditation to CreateAthon! Volunteers who took part were raving about how it was just what they needed to find some peace and the energy to keep going. You’re great! Big thank you to Ali Bullano for bringing yoga and meditation to CreateAthon! Volunteers who took part were raving about how it was just what they needed to find some peace and the energy to keep going. You’re great! Big thank you to Ali Bullano for bringing yoga and meditation to CreateAthon! Volunteers who took part were raving about how it was just what they needed to find some peace and the energy to keep going. You’re great! Big thank you to Ali Bullano for bringing yoga and meditation to CreateAthon! Volunteers who took part were raving about how it was just what they needed to find some peace and the energy to keep going. You’re great!

Big thank you to Ali Bullano for bringing yoga and meditation to CreateAthon! Volunteers who took part were raving about how it was just what they needed to find some peace and the energy to keep going. You’re great!

Meet the Team Leaders!

This post is a big shout out to the awesome volunteers hard at work who, at 3:30 pm, are already kinda feeling it! I asked some mentors and volunteers for some tips on how to stay awake. We’re in it for the long haul here, but you is smart, kind and important and you can do this!

Alana: Pinching yourself, Red Bull.

Brad: 15 minute naps. When you get bogged down do a fun activity.

Jalisa: Chai tea lattes.

Ana: Moving around. Coffee.

Taylor: Drink as much coffee as possible and/or dance to Beyonce, Robin Thicke or Pharrell.

Tiffany: The Destiny’s Child Spotify station!

And if you ever need inspiration, just remember; You have as many hours in the day as Beyonce! What will you do with that kind of responsibility to do great things for the world? 

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