Monday, January 18, 2010

Palm Trees in December!

In mid-December, once I aced all my finals and peaced out of school, I headed to Tampa, Florida for the American Volleyball Coaches Association annual Convention that is held in conjunction with the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Final Four. Our convention is a week-long event with things like educational seminars, volleyball vendors, meetings, awards banquets, etc. The convention center had a HUGE warehouse where they built 2 courts and 1 sand court. Surrounding the courts were rows and rows of vendors and right in the middle was, my baby, the silent auction.

When I first started my internship my boss told me that I was in charge of all aspects of the silent auction. I have never organized one before but I worked hard all semester to get as many great items as I could. I had so much fun setting it up and displaying all the items just the way I wanted. I also took time to “man” the tables to answer questions. Last year the AVCA silent auction made $3.000 and this year I made $14,000! I’m so happy that I was able to meet everyone’s expectations.

I also got to work the golf tournament. So I spent a day on an Air Force base that was right on the beach. It was great to drive a golf cart around, look at all the crazy birds, and enjoy the weather and view! Speaking of views, my hotel suite had TWO balconies, TWO flat screens, and a king size bed just for me! I think I can get use to this “real person” working situation if I get perks like that! Not to mention the weather was super warm. It was weird though, hearing Christmas music while surrounded by palm trees. Somehow those just don’t mix to me.

During the week I also got to watch the Final Four games. Penn State took away the championship and it was great to see all that great volleyball. I must say, though, it makes me miss playing a LOT. I wanted to jump up and get in there!
I was also on TV! I helped work the Under Armour High School All-American Match and Skills Competition. I held the speed gun to test who was the hardest hitter. I watched the show when I got home and spied myself on the sidelines a few times! If you want my autograph, just ask!

The whole weekend ended up being a great experience. I got to see all my hard work throughout the semester come to fruition and really enhanced my passion for event planning and fundraising.

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