Sunday, March 20, 2011

BIG's over.


Countless hours of work, stress levels that have sky rocketed, and learning oh-so-much, has finally ended. HUNGER BANQUET 2011 is over. And it was successful--more than 2 people went! It was more like 700! And for a BYU event, I would say that is pretty gosh-darn good.

Considering everything that happened, we did it. WE DID IT.

It all started when the speaker died. I am not even joking. DEAD. Kaput. Along with our theme of the hunger banquet. We started scrambling for a theme, then it hit us. PIECE BY PEACE.


We thought we were ready to go.

Then, the unthinkable happened, the person that was supposed to be in charge of the logo dropped off the face of the earth. Great. What were we going to do now?

This is where people's true colors came to light, and I discovered so many things about myself. I have found out that I am a task-master. I enjoy being in charge, I like to do things my way. But, I am also good at getting people to help me. I enjoy working with large crowds that I am in-charge of. I discovered that Cecilly, although she gets tired, doesn't give up on things. She is very practical and knows when enough is enough. And I discovered that Carlos is someone that I respect beyond words, he is someone that is true to his word and will not let me down. I discovered that Andrew Galloway is a patient and caring person (who has creative ability beyond comprehension). I discovered that Andee Gempler is a hard-working girl that is very dependable.

I found out that the combination of people was a recipe for success.

We pulled an all-nighter and we created a logo. The logo was truly done piece by piece. We got about 30 freshmen to help us create a puzzle (1500 pieces) and most worked all night.

Then, we found that the place where the Hunger Banquet had been held was not going to be able to host our event. Crap. We started scrambling for a venue. Then we found it, but to our dismay, 'twas only ONE night. (The hunger banquet is usually two nights). But we thought we could beat it--we could do this.

THEN, we find that BYU didn't even want us to have the event. SERIOUSLY??? So we could not start advertising because what if the event got cancelled?

This was all happening about 2 weeks before the Hunger Banquet was to go on. Advertising was hurting--real hard. We printed off 10,000 fliers---to our dismay---we found that instead of two events, we were going to cut down to just one.

Then the price was upped to $9 bucks. That was ridiculous. NO way is a BYU student going to pay that kind of money. I fought to drop the price to $7 and we compromised at $8. I think that made a difference--let's hope.

After all of that--we had about a week and a half to advertise. Ten days.

And you think it's over--NOT. We had Brigham Square reserved for an event that we were going to put on--o guess what? Our event was cancelled. We could not hold it in the square. SERIOUSLY????

THen we find that our tickets could not be sold at the Wilk info desk--they had to be sold at the Kennedy Center. Poop.

After all of these things--I got to enjoy a wonderful event. It actually happened.

After the countless hours--I got to sit back and see the awesome event. It was so cool to realize what people can accomplish when they work together. Especially students. We were all doing this on the side. This was a extracurricular thing that everyone devoted time to--we all had school, work, and other things going on. Being able to see all that we had accomplished was amazing.

*Lights dimming, music playing*
We came out carrying rice and beans, hot dogs and chips, and salad and lasagna; representing the lower, middle and high class. It was awesome.

I will never forget the feeling of accomplishment that I felt when it was over. The relief that I felt and the sadness that I felt.

I was so happy to learn the things about myself. And it was just such a building event.

Here's to Peace by Piece.

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