ChicagO+ Team live paints with national sponsor Lagunitas Brewing Company in Minneapolis during its cross-country CouchTrippin’ event!
What an amazing night filled with non-stop entertainment, smiling faces, and did I mention the endless supply of Lagunitas beer? After six grueling hours in the car from Chicago, this was exactly what we needed. Jody, Josh and I pulled up in our rented grey Nissan, feasting our eyes on Aria, a truly one-of-a-kind event space, located near downtown Minneapolis in the heart of the Warehouse District. Walking eagerly inside, the original brick walls, cavernous ceilings, crystal chandeliers, whimsical art work, and decadent furniture was buzzing with anticipation of the event. T minus 3 hours until the fireworks! We set up our easels, paints, and suited up to raise money and awareness about O+. Marked 1, 2 and 3, our paintings where painted live for all to see and to be taken home by the lucky raffle ticket holder. Surrounding us were hundreds of people, a beer circus, amazing music and the support of our amazing national sponsor.
To conclude the event, we were brought up on stage and were given the spotlight. Eager supporters were waiving their tickets in the air as we pulled the winning tickets! We felt the love and acknowledgment that O+ was positively received! We raised $500!
We felt proud to be representing Chicago O+, along with Kingston, N.Y. and Petaluma, Calif., on this CouchTrippin’ journey!