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event recap: FabFest2014 Cleveland (to benefit Bright Pink)

Congrats to Joe V. – @jvalenti on Twitter — you won two general admission tickets to Cleveland Magazine‘s Best of Cleveland Party on October 10th! You’re not Joe, you say? You can still purchase tickets at clevelandmagazine.com/bestof.

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Waking up early on Sundays isn’t too far out of my usual routine. Hopping in my car and heading downtown before 9AM is. But for a good cause and a festive event — filled with plenty of healthy living — that adjustment to my normal Sunday could be easily made.

Heading into the day, I knew Bright Pink‘s FabFest had a full schedule, jam-packed with fitness classes for everyone: yoga, barre, tabata, Zumba and more.

bright pink 2014 Cleveland schedule

 (photo source: Bright Pink’s FabFest event details page)

As I arrived at the Marriott Downtown Cleveland at Key Tower, it was neat to see how the organization used the ballroom spaces: part group activities room, the other half transformed into a Beauty and Wellness Area, with the foyer spaces around those included snacks, lunch, vendors and a photo booth. And all of it was covered in pink and ready for a fun day to celebrate the 250 people who fundraised for the non-profit’s mission “to save women’s lives from breast and ovarian cancer by empowering them to live proactively at a young age.”

 

I’m a sucker for a photo booth, what can I say?

As Nadine, Allison and I chatted, we enjoyed snacks and conversation with vendors including Cleveland Vegan (whatever gluten free baked good they served was seriously on-point for a GF treat), Vitamix (a fruit smoothie pairs with a workout so well!) and NOOMA (love to hang out with the Smith brothers whenever I can!)

I really wanted to sit down at the Paul Mitchell “braid bar”, but was having too much fun chatting it up before heading over for Jen Yuhas’ vinyasa yoga session.

Out of all those fitness activities, I only did the two yoga sessions. (#shocker, right?) As my knee slowly starts to heal itself and as I take care of it by not over-doing it, I knew Tami’s and Jen’s sessions would be the perfect way for me to partake in the exercise components day. I’ve taken both of their classes before at their respective studios, so it’s always great to have the opportunity to see familiar faces again — especially out supporting the community.

It was also great to finally meet Lori Standen (@loristanden on IG) from Pure Barre Westlake and Rocky River. What a lovely lady (with some seriously killer eyelashes!) – I can’t wait to head out West to go take her class soon.  She had her group working hard (but all with smiles on their faces) during her session when I popped in to check out her barre offering to the FabFest crowd.

Before heading out for the day, I did sneak in a chair massage from Dawn from Sacred Hour in Rocky River — it was the perfect treat to have their company there providing massages, facials, manicures and more. The participants left looking refreshed and incredibly blissed out. What better way to start a Sunday Funday?!

LONG STORY SHORT: Bright Pink‘s first Cleveland FabFest seemed to be a huge success from the POV of this event attendee. Many thanks to the organization for allowing me to join in on the fun! But non-profits like this depend on the dollars raised in the spirit of this function to really reach their goals. Consider supporting the cause — and especially now during Breast Cancer Awareness Month — by visiting the Cleveland FabFest page before October 21st.

Stay-in-the-know: Like Bright Pink on Facebook, and/or follow the organization at @BeBrightPink on Twitter and Instagram.

Disclosure:  In sharing information before the event, I received a media pass to attend the 2014 Cleveland Bright Pink FabFest and a swag bag of items to share with a reader. I also received a swag bag at the event. As always, thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 

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GIVEAWAY: Cleveland Magazine’s 2014 Best of Cleveland Party

With the arrival of a new season yesterday, it’s official: Fall event season is upon Cleveland, my friends!  So many to choose from, why not save-the-date now for the best of the best? Get ready for Cleveland Magazine‘s Best of Cleveland Party - presented by The Collection Auto Group:

Join Cleveland Magazine and The Collection Auto Group for the 9th annual event on Friday, October 10, 2014 at Public Hall in downtown Cleveland. This event brings together the tip top that Cleveland has to offer – based on reader and editor picks from the October issue of Cleveland Magazine.  Hans and I attended the 2013 event and had a wonderful time:

Best of CLE VIP

The 2014 event has another impressive list of participating winners. I’m looking forward to visiting the tables of:

  • Agrarian Collective — met these kind folks at the OBA Mitchell’s Edible Cleveland “sweet-up” 
  • Cleveland Pickle — because who doesn’t love pickles?
  • Clover Road Cream Cheese — one of my vices!
  • Garden of Flavor — currently diggin’ on their juices as mid-day snacks
  • GV Art & Design — I do need to buy another CLE inspired tshirt…
  • Harness Cycle — gotta get myself back to spinning this winter
  • Jack Flaps — pancakes FTW
  • Manna Food Truck — enjoyed their food at the Sunflower Festival this July
  • The Wandering Wardrobe — cutest traveling boutique here in CLE!

…plus some of my favorites in the SpaWest VIP Lounge.  Where else can you dine on Red, the Steakhouse beef tartar AND get your hair done?

This year’s event again benefits Breakthrough Schools of Greater Cleveland, the highest-rated network of free, non-profit, public charter schools in Cleveland. Meet some of their students via this YouTube video:

Ready to buy your tickets? General admission is $75 and SpaWest VIP Lounge access is $150 - tickets can be purchased at clevelandmagazine.com/bestof.

…or you can win two general admission tickets to the Best of Cleveland Party this week here on the blog! Process your entries at the Rafflecopter widget…

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You have until THIS SUNDAY, September 28 at 11:59PM to enter. A winner will be announced the next morning. As this is a local event taking place in Cleveland, Ohio, I highly encourage entries by those that can attend the event on Friday 10/10/14. 

Get ready to celebrate all that is the BEST of Cleveland with Cleveland MagazineLike the event’s Facebook page, follow the event’s Twitter feed (@BestOfCLE) and keep an eye on Cleveland Magazine‘s Instagram feed for even more information.

Disclosure: Event logo care of Cleveland Magazine. I was asked by the publication to help promote this event via a ticket giveaway here on the blog. In return, I will receive two tickets to attend this event. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

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event preview: NEOCycle

Congrats to Jessica E. — you won the Bright Pink FabFest swag bag giveaway. Let me know if you’ll be at this Sunday’s Cleveland FabFest – would love to see into some familiar faces.

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With a recent knee funk (also known as chondromalacia patella - that’s a post for another day), I’ve had a certain Queen song running through my head in the past few weeks:

Enthralled doesn’t explain how happy I was to get in about 9 leisurely miles on Saturday after my PT said it was time to add some of my regular activities back into my routine.

Then I caught a tweet from a friend this morning and realized have I’ve been living under a rock to be just discovering Greater Cleveland Sports Commission’s NEOCycle — taking place this weekend — September 26-28, 2014 — all over Greater Cleveland.

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From the event website, NEOCycle is “an urban cycling festival consisting of competitive races and unique rides, connected by live entertainment and an interactive, action-filled festival at Cleveland Metroparks Edgewater Park on the shores of Lake Erie.” 

The event schedule has an array of activities in those three days. Here are some highlights, IMO:

FRIDAY: There’s plenty happening that night at the Cleveland Velodrome, but the 10:30PM race sounds like a ball! There’s also a Velodrome 101 class earlier in the evening — with a beer garden to enjoy inbetween rides as well.

SATURDAY: People, there’s a Night Ride. With 7.5 mile and 15 mile options. And a costume contest. (Perhaps I can borrow Hans’ NASA astronaut costume…) My kind of Saturday night!

SUNDAY: I’m expanding my biking vocabulary by learning what a fondo is. (It’s just basically large group ride from what I can tell.) NEOCycle’s twist on this is the Forest City Fundo. It’s untimed mass ride starting and ending at The Hub at Edgewater Park starting bright and early that morning.

…and these don’t include all the activities at The Hub and the Music Fest with quite line up of musical guests. So grab your two wheel-er, save on some gasoline and ride around CLE with NEOCycle this weekend!

Stay in-the-know: follow NEOCycle on its social media accounts including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Disclosure: Logo image from NEOCycle site. I’m sharing this event because of my love of biking — I was not asked to share this information. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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