In 2014, Home and Garden Expo (HGE or Expo) is celebrating its seventh anniversary as one of the grid’s premiere fundraising mega-events! The dates have been set, so mark your calendars: Home and Garden Expo will run from May 15, 2014 through May 27, 2014 with a Press Preview May 13 and 14.
As always, HGE will be raising money for Relay For Life of Second Life (RFL of SL). 100% of registration fees, sponsorship fees, and kiosk, hunt, raffle, auction and vendor donation items are paid to RFL of SL. Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraising event, and RFL of SL is one of its virtual counterparts. You can get more information about RFL of SL here: http://relayforlifeofsecondlife.org/ .
Our esteemed colleagues in the Breedables market will have their own fair in 2014, allowing both communities to focus on what we do best. While they will be missed, our focus will be on home and garden builds, the inspiration for those builds, and community outreach.
Nikki Mathieson, long-time Expo coordinator, will be focusing her abundant experience, energy, and enthusiasm on her responsibilities as Relay For Life of Second Life’s Event Chair. Nikki will be missed, but she won’t be far from home! We are counting on her wisdom and support. Kat Alderson will be stepping in as the HGE coordinator.
Starting in 2014, Home and Garden Expo will be a themed event, and the first theme is Story Time.
Joining the HGE staff this year are DeAnn Dufaux, Fallacy DeCuir, Eden Knoller, and Samantha Zwickel. Each of these extraordinary residents will be focusing their special talents and expertise into making 2014 the most exciting Expo ever! Noble Charron, Cajsa Lilliehook, Gidge Uriza, Abby McDonnagh, Paco Pooley and Manuel Ormidale will also be joining the team in very special capacities, focusing their abundant skills on new programs large and small.
With a tighter focus on the home and garden community, we will offer an array of our best-loved traditional events, opportunities and activities, as well as some new activities and programs and new levels of participation and sponsorship. We’ll continue to offer and promote education for merchants and hobbyist builders, new and old alike. The Home and Garden Expo Hunt will be returning, with a new format. Also returning are the raffle and the silent auction.
In the coming days and weeks, we will be posting information about new programs being introduced at the 2014 Home and Garden Expo. Be sure to subscribe to the blog to be among the first in the know!