Archive for August, 2013
- Fitness, fashion, and compassion—all common values among Portlander’s, and all reasons to attend the upcoming Fitness Fashion Show at Pure Space. Guests at the Fitness Fashion Show will enjoy cocktails, music, fashion, discounts, and the opportunity to purchase exclusive apparel on-site. Twelve vendors including Nike, Lucy, and The North Face, will be present to show and sell looks while guests enjoy the fashion, shopping, and mingling experience all the while, supporting a cause worth-while.
- Local community fitness apparel store, Fit Right, will be producing the show with the support of Nike as the title sponsor, to benefit Oregon Active—a local nonprofit that facilitates adventure programs for individuals with impairments and disabilities. Adventure programs strive to “inspire through positive emotion, challenges, community support and a connection with the natural world that refreshes the human spirit.” Oregon Active’s Adventure Programs have touched many, and have certainly inspired Fit Right founder, Dave Sobolik.
- “I’ve worked with other nonprofits before, but it’s really the first time I have been so passionate about one,” said Sobolik about Oregon Active. Having a rich background in health and wellness, the nonprofit and the recipients of the Adventure Programs “struck a chord” with the Fit Right founder producing the Fitness Fashion Show benefit. Sobolik founded Fit Right in 2000, with a very similar mission of creating an organization that encourages healthful living and strives to make a genuine contribution to the local community.
- “Most of our (Fit Right’s) retail apparel and products can be purchased anywhere, but people come to Fit Right for the community and the creative side that you don’t get elsewhere” said Sobolik in describing Fit Right’s unique shopping experience, and why the store’s involvement with Oregon Active is complimentary to the retailer’s overarching goal of community and wellness integration.
- After learning about the Oregon Active recipient of the Fitness Fashion Shows’ proceeds, it is clear what Sobolik found so inspiring about the cause and this recipient. Ticket sales and fitness fashion purchases will aid Seth McBride, a quadriplegic, on his hand cycling journey to Argentina this coming fall. McBride will be accompanied by his girlfriend, and a videographer that will capture this ambitious adventure on film. Sobolik intends to produce the benefit fashion show annually, in demonstration of his continued passion and support for Oregon Active. Next years’ show will include the premiere of the documentary that will be filmed of McBride’s journey—enabling this year’s inaugural fashion show attendees to see the adventure come full circle; an adventure made possible through their support of the Fitness Fashion Show as well as Fit Right, and Nike’s contribution.
- Sobolik’s ambition of making the Fitness Fashion Show an annual event is the precise reason for selecting Pure Space as the venue. Sobolik believes the versatility and location of Pure Space is optimal for the fashion show’s expansion and growth in coming years. With a capacity of 1,000 and a beautifully malleable design, Pure Space extends endless possibilities of enhancement and development for annual events. The Fit Right founder has also worked with West Coast Event Productions and account manager DJ Smith prior to this occasion, in connection with Fit Right’s Lacamas Lake Half Marathon—one of many community running events organized by the store. Sobolik rang Smith’s praise, describing the West Coast account manager as, “fantastic, patient, and respectful”. Smith looks forward to having the opportunity to work with Fit Right’s founder again in executing this fun night of fashion, music, nibbles, sips, good deeds, and inspiration.
- • Fashion: Various trendy fitness lines including Nike, The North Face, lucy…see full list
- • Music: Brian O’Dell—pleasantly described as “Dave Matthews-like”
- • Cocktails/Wine Wall: Donate $20 and select a brown bag from the wine wall to receive a $20 to $100 bottle!
- • First 100 people receive goodie bags
- • Be among the first to see the new line of Lifestyle apparel introduced by Fit Right
- • Over $5,000 in Raffle Prizes
- • See models who are every day, local Portlanders!—runners, walkers, fitness studio owners…
Having a wedding reception at Pure Space can now be described as not only a walk in the park, but a walk from the park. The Fields Park was recently opened a stone’s throw away from the urban-chic venue, Pure Space, on SW Overton. A modern design on 3.2 acres in The Pearl District, The Fields may be an optimal site for couples looking for an outside ceremony, and an indoor reception without having to budget for two different venues, and while helping guests avoid the hassle of traveling to and finding a second venue, but also parking at a new destination downtown.Parking in the area surrounding Pure Space and The Fields is exceptional—with 600 available spaces, close proximity to the Portland street car line, and more. Guests will easily find a space to attend the ceremony at The Fields, then make the two minute 49 second walk down to Pure Space to celebrate the nuptials!
- Benefits of a Park Wedding at The Fields and an Amenity Ridden Reception at Pure Space:
- Best of Both Worlds: Many couples disagree on an indoor/outdoor wedding, and marriage is all about compromise! Hosting the ceremony at The Fields and the reception at Pure Space lets you and your guests enjoy both environments, without making a cumbersome pilgrimage and having an “R” rated conversation with a smartphone GPS trying to locate the second venue.
- Impressively Inexpensive- The City of Portland reserves a one acre plot for 160 dollars, plus an 80 dollar application fee. A ceremony venue for 240 dollars? No, this is not a joke, nor is it the best part. The City allows only one wedding per park, per day. This means you have the entire day to set-up and take down ceremony décor at your leisure. The reserved one acre space allows for 100 guests. Electricity and amplified sound is also possible, see the City website for full details. The savings on the ceremony venue allows you to focus your budget on rentals and Pure Space—the reception venue.
- Completely Customizable- The Fields Park, unlike many city parks, is surrounded by buildings and landscape that is neutral in color. It is often recommended that outdoor weddings strive to match shades of nearby construction and vegetation—incorporating the colors in flower arrangements, décor, and seat covers. With the modern design and neutrality of The Fields however, any hue will do! The same sentiments are true for a reception at Pure Space. The space has a reputation for being impeccably versatile and customizable.
- Dog Friendly- So many couples would like to include their canines in the ceremony, though not all venues are fido friendly. Hosting a ceremony in a park, like The Fields, is a wonderful option that easily accommodates dogs. In fact, according to an article by The Oregonian, The Fields is the first of the City’s 33 off-leash dog parks built specifically with an area for dogs in mind.