Nothing kicks off bikini season better than a little cardio, and with Back On My Feet celebrating its second birthday, the Blue and Green Bash last night held at the JW Marriott proved to be another reason for getting in shape–philanthropy. Founded by Anne Mahlum in 2007, Back on My Feet (BoMF) is a national nonprofit organization that is dedicated to creating independence and self-sufficiency within the homeless and other underserved populations by first engaging them in running as a means to build confidence, strength and self-esteem.
It works like this: Back On My Feet identifies and aides citizens of the community, ranging from the homeless to the convicted and anyone else who has lost his way. Starting with a prayer circle, morning runs engage these citizens by providing them the benefits of health, a daily routine, spiritual guidance, and community building, culminating in improved quality of life via employment, homeownership, and beyond.
Yesterday marked the second anniversary of the non-profit’s founding in Washington, DC. The organization has had incredible results with 75 percent of members consistently maintaining 90 percent attendance at morning runs. Fifty percent of members successfully move from dependency to an independent lifestyle.
But enough of those facts, here’s the fun part: the Blue and Green Birthday Bash was an all-out fete, with hors d’oeuvres, libations from Barefoot Wines, a seated dinner, and a raging 80s themed after-party. With donated space and event reparations from JW Marriott, the evening was an elegant affair. However, the quintessential Washingtonian gala format was not on the agenda for the evening: Back Of My Feet kept the pace lively, adding interactive trivia questions throughout the dinner, which was served during the awards ceremony that, at other events, often has the tendency to streeeeetch on a little too long.
Following the dinner was a blast-from-the-past after-party featuring 80s music. popchips allowed guests to really let their hair–and in some cases, wigs–down, with a photo booth complete with kitschy props like stick mustaches, boas, and goofy glasses.
The evening concluded in fanfare and philanthropy–not an unusual combo in DC, perhaps, but the unpretentious atmosphere and entertaining speakers and awardees made for a refreshing take on Thursday night!