August 2018 Vol. 7, Issue 7
m&mXtreme Training Newsletter
2018 Presidential Cup Edition
Well hello everyone! I just want to say that August was an AMAZING month!!!! The month started off with Mark and I traveling to Brooklyn, NY to support our good friend Frank Meekin’s Big Apple Classic on 4 August. I served as Head Judge for this great event held at Long Island University. After conducting posing classes on 3 August and performing duties as the Head Judge at the show, I was so tired after the show that all I wanted to do was go back to the hotel and rest. For some reason, my “Amazing” Mark was interested in having me come up to the lounge on the 23rd floor of the hotel for a happy hour. I was not too excited about going to the happy hour however when I arrived at the Skyline Room I realized that a Surprise Birthday Party was being held for me!!! Oh my God, I was so surprised! Several of my best girlfriends from Fredericksburg and their husbands were there, my girlfriend Lisa and her husband from White Plains, NY, my OCB family and Mark’s mother, sisters and his cousin also make the trip from Trenton, NJ! The food and drinks were great, everyone sang happy birthday to me and we ate some great cake! Prior to heading back to DC on the 5th, several of us had a wonderful lunch at Junior’s in Brooklyn and we had a great time talking about the previous day’s events.
Of course, immediately upon returning to Washington, Mark and I were back in Presidential Cup mode as we were only 2-weeks out from the competition. On Tuesday 7 August, Mark, Tyson and I conducted a walkthrough of the National Press Club to look at the ballroom, stage setup and to take videos so the competitors could see how they would be moving on the stage. After our walkthrough, the three of us celebrated my birthday (which is 7 August!), had a great birthday dinner, watched a movie and relaxed. The next two weeks were a lot of long hours and late nights as the final preparations were made for the Presidential Cup. We were still looking for vendors and sponsors, receiving T-Shirts, Trophies, medals, engraving, printing flyers, updating Competitor rosters, printing tabulation sheets, judges score sheets and putting judge’s packets together, and sending countless emails to the competitors with all information and updates on the show. Oh, and did I mention that Mark and I still have to go to work every day for our day jobs??
Well, after doing all the preparation we could possible do, 17 August and check-in finally arrived. Our major events of the day would include, check-in, conducting a posing class and transporting everything for the show to the National Press Club. All the trophies and medals had to be setup, the sound check conducted and vendor areas prepared. The National Press Club’s support was amazing! Back at the Hilton Garden Inn, Downtown, DC which served as the host hotel, registration and tanning sessions were still on-going. After finishing the venue setup, check-in, adding competitor names, editing and printing competitor sheets, I finally going to bed around 2am! I was exhausted.
The morning of the Presidential Cup was truly amazing. Mark and I got to the National Press Club at 7am to conduct our final preparations. The vendors began arriving promptly at 7:30am to setup, our support staff was on site and the venue was a buzz with movement. Competitors started arriving around 7:45 to look at the venue and patrons began arriving around 9:00am. At 10:00am, the 2018 Presidential Cup Started! Six months and thousands of hours of preparation were over and now it was time for Mark and me to watch the show. (Well, of course we were still busy running around all day!)
Oh my God, all the competitors were great and the show was an overwhelming success!!!!! The large crowd was energetic, the competitors were having fun and Donald and Tina did an amazing job expediting! We had great Pro Class and we handed out Pro Cards to 4 truly awesome competitors! We were also able to hand out prize money to the competitor who tagged and posted the most Presidential Cup pictures on FB/Instagram and had a coach’s raffle winner. As we advertised from the beginning of our marketing for the show, we presented the Department of Veterans Affairs, Adaptive Sports Program a check for $1,000 to help support their great cause.
To cap off the evening Mark and I hosted a small after party at the Hilton Garden Inn for the judges and competitors. This gave the competitors to relax and talk to the judges for feedback from the show. Everyone had a great time and this concluded the Presidential Cup weekend!!!!!
There were several people who I want to thank for making the Presidential Cup a great show. To my great judges (Marjorie, Frank, Kevin, Kim, Stasi, Leo, Mary), our amazing expeditors (Donald “Showtime” Graves and Tina Johnson), support staff and best friends (Cheryl, Tammy, Angela, Lisa), the show videographer (my wonderful son Tyson), our great Vendors (One1 Clothing, Erin’s Delights, Body Beautiful Bronzing & Wellness, Heels and Steel, Body Fit Nutrition, Laura Gawith Photography, Natural Bodyz, Vicky Ross Fit, Angela Sarafin), Sponsors (Nicolett Nye, Lyneer Staffing Solutions), BlackFinn Ameripub and all my friends who send their well-wishes. I also must thank the National Press Club and their staff for taking care of all our venue needs and the Hilton Garden Inn, Downtown DC for their great hospitality for the judges, competitors and family members. “And of course, I must thank my “Amazing” Mark! We have successfully co-promoted our first OCB Natural Bodybuilding Show and it was great!!! To find out all the OCB Presidential Cup Winners please visit the below link:
See you next month!!!!