If you have been to one of our experiences or have seen the pictures online, you know why we call it an experience and not just an event. We aim for the stars and pretty much nail it every time (if I may say so myself). Many assume we have large donations of money to hire professional event and conference planners. Many think we have paid professional motivational speakers to come be our key note speakers. Many think that we have hired a production team for our sound and lights and audio/visual effects. Many think that we hired professional dancers to perform. And we are flattered that you would think that. However, we are V-E-R-Y proud that this is just not the case. Every speaker, every leader, dancer, and stage hand are volunteers. Every person that helps with The Lovely Project is a product of and a part of our Lovely family. We are so passionate about what we do that we strive to be excellent in how we do it. We read, we find training, we help train others, we practice and it shows.
We love what we do. We believe in what we do. As each of us attended our first Lovely Experience or Lovely group we found ourselves saying, “YES! This is exactly what I need! And whatever this is, I want to be a part of it. I want to help .” And so we learned how to handle a camera, and sound board. We learned how to cook, prepare food and serve others. We learned how to prepare a teaching. We learned how to speak in front of others. We took dance lessons. We learned how to raise money and plan events. And through all of our volunteering and practicing we are able knock the socks off of anyone wearing a pair. Many of us have actually been able to find jobs and careers because of the skills and work ethic we have obtained while volunteering. Its amazing how each one of us used to be takers and consumers. Now we are givers. We are producers. We are Lovely.
I am so proud to love my city Orlando along side everyone who helped. The biggest THANK YOU goes out to all who gave up multiple evenings and countless hours to help make The Lovely Project Experience E-P-I-C!
Here are some pics behind the scenes: