ANATOMY OF A SPECIAL EVENT Determination and a great idea made this 1st annual MANGO FEST a success. With the cooperation of Mother Nature is was a win win.Months earlier the word went out for participants, The neighborhoods were notified, two responded Mango Grove of course and Royal Poinciana each successful via their fund-raising. Sponsors were contacted (list below) so at one point 35 vendors had signed then 40 and the day before more phone calls came in asking to participate. Weekly meetings in the last 8 week at Patti Sheldon Chungs office, at Jon Faust’s office , Vee Burris and AnnaMaria Windisch-Hunt were the cogs that held it together and made it work. Now we can add event planner to our resumes lol. Without volunteers nothing happens in Lake Worth. Must mention the long hours as we all have other things and sometimes miscommunication are bound to happen, and this being a first time event. Call from neighbors who were willing to share their Mangos everyone was a team player. Some wanted to charge even though we explained we were giving them away. This is the reality. Initially we were quoted $5,000 by event planner. What without a budget! Again as a community event it took everyone’s friends, neighborhoods and Lake Worth volunteers to make this happen.
The morning of our day started at 7 a.m. on our Cultural Plaza. You could tell the pros, as by 7 their tents were up. Lots of scurrying and the mellow pan music started the day of on a very positive vibe. Now to the highlights of THE DAY VIA PHOTOS No one guessed the Celebrity chef Tiana who works at Bradley’s She got up midnight and started prepping the Crepes and they were tasty. She hung in till past noon.
She volunteered for her neighborhood Mango Groves. Way to go and great big thanks, Below the crew from Royal Poinciana neighborhood doing their thing.
They made it simple one buck espresso, Mango Tea, another Tea and Water. Then there was art from the Lake Worth Art League. The PNC bank hosted Mango oil painting exhibit inside air-conditioned lobby . Thanks Carmen the Branch Manager now she ‘s moved on to the Wellington Branch.Cooking demonstration by founder of the event Patti Sheldon Chung. (she put up the seed money)
A guest appearance by Mango Expert Dr.
MaNGOs were given away most of the day as long as they lasted. Artist Ampy De La Cruze was the winner of the People’s Choice Award for her stunning oil painting.
Music was from opening to closing. and guest appearance of the Stiltwalkers.
These were the highlights. It’s still not over, now for one more meeting. Have a comment they are all welcome. For more photos check in with photographer Tom Johnson’s FB and LWMangoFestival.com