Talk about an event to check off the bucket list.
After losing a staff member just two months before their massive fundraising event, Alma and Shirley from Buffalo Arts Studio (BAS) called us up in serious need of extra hands and help. Trimania is an epic celebration of art, music, and culture that happens only once every 3 years in a former manufacturing building that spans two city blocks (Tri-Main Development Center). Attendance was expected to be between 3,000 and 4,000 people.
With over 60 acts ranging from jazz bands to fire spinners, and drag queens to a ukulele troop of senior citizens, BAS needed help with performer communications and management. They also needed someone to manage logistical things like securing food trucks, directing and supporting bartenders at the 7 bars before and during the event, and poster and flyer distribution. We stepped in to help with all of those things, and did some ad sales for the program booklet, as well.
Whatever this incredible team of two (that grew t o 3 within the 2 month time period), along with many volunteers, committee members and board members needed, we jumped in to make it happen.
The result? Even with an ice storm and travel advisory (IN APRIL! Thanks, Buffalo.) 3,500 people showed up to raise an incredible $100,000 for Buffalo Arts Studio and another grand through bar tips for a fund supporting Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico.