My Life at the MACC
The Office of the Director
By Michelle Michaud
Everyone knows that Signal Mountain is the perfect place to raise a child. To that end, the Mountain Arts Community Center (MACC) has begun to shift its fundraising focus to attract more families – thus the Super Royal Party Fundraiser.
“If you judge the success of the event based on how much everyone enjoyed it, then it was definitely successful. Everyone was having a good time - kids and adults, guests and volunteers, alike,” said Cathy Pierce, MACC board member and organizer of the event.
“Guest ages ranged from three to ten years old. I was afraid, going into it, that the older kids wouldn't have as much fun and would feel like it was an event for smaller children. Fortunately, I was very wrong and all ages had a great time. We even had a group of 13 year olds who volunteered with us all day and they probably had more fun than anyone!” she said.
Julie Raines attended with her children, Aliyah (9) and Aidan (6), “The party was wonderful. Our kids had a great time. We were even more excited to learn that we won the iPad mini.” Signal Mountain’s orthodontist Dr. Keith Dressler donated a chance to win an iPad mini to the fundraiser. His contribution added yet another layer of excitement to the day’s festivities.
Even though the name of the party was Super and Royal, “We had a little of everything, from standard comic book heroes and Disney princesses, Super Why, King Tut, beautiful formal dresses, and ballerina costumes to those who kept it simple with a superhero-themed t-shirt or plain cape. Even those without a costume could visit our craft tables and create their own superhero mask or princess tiara,” said Pierce.
“All of our volunteers went along with the theme as well, with many wearing superhero aprons. Guests had the chance to interact with a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, Glinda the Good Witch and Elphaba from Wicked, and Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty, who looked so much like the real deal that some of the younger guests were a bit leary of her,” she said.
Barb Storm, executive director of the MACC, says the MACC Board of Directors is in favor of holding the event again next year. “Oh yes, this was definitely a great event for us that showcased the MACC. This kind of fundraiser is what the MACC is best used for – bringing folks here that otherwise might not come, having fun and building memories.”
Cathy said, “The MACC has some excellent equipment that enhanced the experience of the dance party, karaoke, and movie portions of the event. Plus, we had the phenomenal artistic abilities of faculty member Val Gibson to create a gorgeous backdrop for our royal photo booth.”
Monies raised during the event will go to the MACC Fund within the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga. Those funds are used for improvements to the building and projects not funded by the town.
Analyzing the things that worked well, the MACC Board has already tweaked the event for next year. “We learned that families with kids have so much going on and it's hard to commit yourself ahead of time. As for the activities we had, they were all great! Kids were singing their hearts out on karaoke and busting some moves in the dance room. I even went in and joined them, much to the embarrassment of my six-year-old.”
And with The Signal Mountain Cookie Lady as one of the sponsors, folks were eager to get to the cookie table where they could decorate their own cookie then devour it just as quickly.
Faces were transformed by the face painting talents of Lindsey Lewis and Mary Kay Consultant Morgan Hastings. And temporary tattoos were available for anyone.
“The MACC Board would like to thank friends, family, and members of the SMMHS Leo Club for volunteering their time for the Super Royal Party and to our many sponsors who helped make it a success.” Said Pierce.
To see photos of the event, head to the MACCStaff Face book page or SignalMACC.org for a complete calendar of events.
Looking ahead, the Town Tree Lighting will be on December 6. Please reserve that date for more fun and family activities.