Every year the most marvelous misfits in the land get together to raise a glass with the charity recipients they helped that year. You will not find a vibe like this anywhere else in the world. For the 7th Annual Green Gala everybody cleaned up real nice. I have to admit I wasn’t responsible for creating the 007 theme but whoever was deserves a martini, because it was amazing.
This year the 800 spots sold out in less than a week. The only way to gain entrance to this magical evening to to join the greatest group of unsung heroes in the land,
The Green Members. This year, your invites will be hand-delivered.
*Edit: Jen’s pissed, she told me whatever I do, do NOT tell Chivers we’re hand delivering invites because that’s impossible. Although I have won a bet, so there’s that. Next year’s invites will be emailed.
Now for the GALA recap, baby
It starts with our annual pre-party at Shiner’s Saloon.
We could never have an event like the Green Gala without our incredible sponsors covering all our costs. William Grant & Sons, our title liquor sponsor, wowed the crowd again this year at both our Admin Pre-Party and Gala event with some incredible signature cocktails featuring Flor de Cana Rum, Hendrick’s Gin, Monkey Shoulder Whiskey, Reyka Vodka, and Tullamore Dew.
Ever want to know what $13.5 million given to over 300 recipients looks like?
But you know what’s even more spectacular, seeing them in real life!!!!
Bryn was my date. Yes, I’ve out-kicked my coverage. Yes, I’m the luckiest bastard alive.
Casino Royale begins…
The rules of the Green Gala or simple. You can dress in the theme, or a superhero. God I love this night so much.
Today is RAKit Friday at theCHIVE. Check out all the heartwarming stories we’re posting today. In addition to all the feels, we have made everything on theCHIVERY 10% off today! Because we’re making the World 10% Happier, we’ll match every purchase 10% to Chive Charities. Every purchase you make you get a discount and you help the underdogs in their fight!
Thanks to Deep Ellum and Resign Wine for supplying the beer and wine. Deep Ellum’s Blind Lemon has blown up and the Resign Wine is the toast of Texas right now!
Every month our Chive Box subscribers are entered to win a Solid Gold BFM Coin. But we like to go above and beyond and we flew last month’s winner, Jessica Kasten, all expenses paid to the Green Gala!
… where I proposed to her. Her boyfriend was good sport.
Subscribe to theCHIVE Box and this could be you, being awkwardly hugged by me. The BFM Coin and once in a lifetime experiences with theCHIVE. All Chive Box Subscribers are always entered to win!
The amazing team at Chive Charities worked round the clock for weeks on this event. THANK YOU.
Getting into the heart of the evening.
Found the cheesiest photo of Jen I possibly could as per tradition. She worked so hard on this year’s event and this is her reward? I know, but I can’t help myself.
During my speech a very large check was snuck up on stage.
Our partner, Stratacache, surprised Chive Charities with a check for $70K to help make the world ten percent happier.
Jaws dropped, it marked the largest single donation to the underdogs in CC history. Hearts swelled. We’re thrilled to be able to help more people with the support of our amazing partner!
I was obviously pumped.
STRATACACHE also brought their technology to the party! Their interactive touch-screen allowed our guests to interact with our recipient stories. We now have the screen as a permanent installation at HQ. If you missed Gala, check it out during a Friday tour of the office! #STRATACACHEImpact
One of the best moments of the night was when Amanda Garbatini took the stage to talk about what the Green Members meant to her. It was an eloquent and emotional speech.
Amanda is the biggest NY Yankees fan I’ve ever met. We had a big surprise in store for Amanda – Chive Charities was flying Amanda to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
But I like pranks. We had a very special guest deliver the message – The first baseman for the ’04 Boston Red Sox, Kevin Millar!
Time to smoke and eat!
Triple G Relief always comes through strong, catering the best BBQ in Texas!
Family Business Brewing donated an unlimited supply of Hamilton, Golden Age, Cosmic Cowboy, and Grackle to the pre-party. Family Business are some of our best friends in town and we love everything about what they are doing in Austin.
The grand finale of an already-perfect evening. Country music star Jon Langston lit up the night!
Jon brought my favorite human ever, Roz, up on stage. She’s a huge of Jon’s. She didn’t stop talking about this moment the rest of the night.
This is the Green Gala.
And this is the last photo on my phone from that night with my new best friend.
Wait, no, it was this one.
Thanks to theCHIVE Community for your enthusiasm. This was one for the books.
Green Member and you’ll be joining us next year for all of the above.
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