Who: Young professionals clad in vintage or recycled duds or sporting their emerald best.
What: The LEAD Project’s Green Party
Where: The Metropolitan Club at Target Field
When: Friday, April 23, 2010
Why: Why wouldn’t we want to check out the new Twins stadium while supporting an eco-friendly cause.
We decided to go green in a serious way on Friday night. The LEAD Project’s Green Party brought us to the Metropolitan Club at the new Twins stadium, where we enjoyed free spirits, lively dancing, and eco-friendly festivities with stylish young professionals from across the Twin Cities . . . yes, you should be green with envy right about now.
Upon our arrival we were duly impressed with green lighting that adorned the exterior and interior of the stadium. Bridget Ulrich, committee member of the LEAD’s board of directors, ushered us into the club and explained the premise of their cause. All proceeds from the evening (they were hoping for about $5,000) would support Great River Greening, a nonprofit, community-based organization that restores and maintains urban natural resources throughout the Twin Cities river valleys. We were also intrigued when we learned that if we downloaded a TOODALU app for our iPhones, which lets us track down our friends on their real time map, $5 would be donated to LEAD.
We mixed and mingled with Mpls.St.Paul style editor Melissa Colgan, who was smartly adorned in a vintage sequin mini dress—leave it to Melissa to make eco-chic look fabulous. Once the music started and the room was filled with the approximate 400 guests they were expecting, the grooving guys and gals resembled that of a swankly clad St. Patrick’s Day mob—minus a leprechaun, plus the green man dressed head to toe in green lycra (we’re serious . . . talk about a green machine).
Despite going home empty handed (we had high hopes for winning one of the raffle prizes: a new bicycle; a private, in-home wine tasting for eight; Jon Charles Salon Blow Dry Boot Camp), we’re chalking the evening up as a major success. And we weren’t the only ones who thought so: “I’m very pleased to see such a great turnout, and I’m happy that this is sustainable and growing,” says Matt Hemsley, founder of The LEAD Project.
And so are we—next year’s party is already on our radar. Sometimes it’s easy being green.