Well, we certainly closed out a year of First Fridays with a bang.…or rather a pop! The champagne corks were popping all night long as Clayton Gray Home and our many, many guests celebrated the last First Friday of 2014. Huge thanks to our sponsors and charity, who made the night an unbelievable success! If you missed First Friday, never fear, there will be plenty more in the upcoming year.
As guests entered Clayton Gray Home, they were greeted by our spotlight charity, Academy Prep Center of Tampa. Academy Prep Center of Tampa is a tuition-free, independent center for the education of middle-school aged children who qualify for need-based scholarships. The mission of Academy Prep is to inspire and empower students to become future community leaders through a rigorous middle school program coupled with ongoing graduate support. Not only did we have some of the amazing staff from Academy Prep Center on hand to talk about the school but also Head of School, Lincoln Tamayo was there to celebrate and share more about the role that Academy Prep plays in shaping young and promising lives.
Guests bid the night away with a silent auction full of fabulous prizes from Clayton Gray Home, Shear Art Salon & Spa (South Tampa Location), and Bodyshapers Fitness Bootcamp. Shoppers knocked out their Christmas lists in the store and 20% of the sales for the night (as well as all of the monies raised through the silent auction) were donated to Academy Prep Center.
We dined on fabulous fare generously provided by Family Table Catering. So much more than just a traditional catering company, Family Table also has meal delivery options for singles to large families! Working with local farmers, butchers and bakers, Family Table provides fresh, local comfort food straight to your table. It’s like having your own personal Nona cooking for you. Check out their menus online and have fresh, delicious meals on your table in no time.
All of the memorable moments of the night have been perfectly captured for us by 4d Studios, LLC. Serving a wide range of clientele in The Tampa Bay and Central Florida area from professional entertainers to small businesses to international corporations. 4D Studios utilizes a network of industry professionals who are leaders in the fields of acting, modeling, video production, photography, graphic design, web design, animation, visual effects, motion graphics, traditional art, and new media. A huge thank you to Taylor Hedgecock and Jim Reiman (Director of Photography) for adding to the fun and capturing all the beautiful moments!
The one and only Bob Frierson of Boneyard kept the jams grooving and the crowd entertained. His eclectic covers offered something for everyone and on more than one occasion the crowd was singing and dancing right along. Available for solo performances or with the whole Boneyard crew, Bob is guaranteed to get your party hopping!
We had special guests a plenty helping us out this FF. Our favorite celebrity bartender, Nick Peterson was serving up festive champagne and frozen cranberries and Egg Nog spiked with Buddy Brew Coffee ice cubes, a most amazing holiday treat. Need help working off the indulgences for the night? Nick is available for personal training, duo, small groups and bootcamp. Contact him at CPTPeety@gmail.com.
Handsome men were the theme of the night! Also assisting us with First Friday was Soho Cycle spin instructor extraordinaire, Bradford Stevens. Ever so dapper in his suspenders, Bradford helped to move along the silent auction, schmoozed with our guests and made sure that they had everything they needed to enjoy a fabulous night. If gazing upon his handsomeness isn’t enough to make you sweat, then make sure to check out one of Bradford’s awesome spin classes! He is also the founder of Viking Fitness which offers personal training, corporate wellness, and group fitness programs.
Want a little beauty with your workout? Our own Candice Pulli is also a spin instructor at Soho Cycle! With these three in your life, those holiday pounds will be a part of Christmas past.
Make sure to keep your eyes on our Facebook page for info on the upcoming events in 2015. As always, if you are interested in being a food or drink sponsor or a spotlight charity, please contact Brandi Jackson at Events@ClaytonGrayHome.com . Until next time, all of us at Clayton Gray Home wish you a wonderful and joyful holiday season.