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How a Mile High Mamas Bash “Made a Day Better” for Teachers

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Take 60 of Colorado’s most influential moms in social media, add a fantastic cause and what have you got? A night to remember.

And a full day to recover from it.

On Thursday, Randolph’s Restaurant and Bar at the Warwick Hotel generously hosted Mile High Mamas on their outdoor patio complete with delicious fare, a wine tasting, perfect weather and bright lights in a big city. We teamed up with Mom It Forward, a ground-breaking online group for moms that fosters friendships while promoting a good cause.

Our cause de choix?

We were the very first to support Office Max’s national initiative A Day Made Better to provide one million dollars in school supplies to teachers in need. That means 1,000 teachers will receive $1,000 in supplies! The Mamas nominated their favorite teacher and also donated school supplies that our local winner will receive. The end result was impressive:

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Oh wait, wrong picture (not be mistaken for my jumping-out-of-a-birthday-cake episode). This is what I’m talking about:

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In addition to helping further a good cause, we maximized mingling.

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And more mingling.

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We’re not called “social” media moms for nothin’.

And of course, there was swag! Hostess overnighted 90 cupcakes to celebrate their 90th birthday and Wet Ones sent wipes to help clean up party messes. We raffled off two family four-packs of tickets to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Zing Zang Zoom, a $50 AMC Theatres gift card, boys and girls baskets, Office Max supplies and Start Pokens, the ultimate connector.

As the evening drew to a close, several women including Mom It Forward founder Jyl Pattee went on a tour of The Warwick’s pool. In the summer months, Denver’s only hotel rooftop pool stays hopping with a weekly BBQ that is perfect cooldown for local families. In the fall, it was hopping with mamas.

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Wet, giggling, fully-clothed mamas.

I’m not quite sure how it happened. I had stayed behind with Barb Likos to cleanup and by the time we arrived, the impromptu pool party was underway. MHMsplashThe perpetrators, of course, pressured me to join them but I did not succumb to “pool pressure” because:

1) I had not consumed alcohol.
2) I was wearing a dry-clean-only skirt.
3) The only way I ever get my face wet is when I unintentionally face-plant whilst water-skiing.
4) As a Canadian and honorary member of the Polar Bear Swim Club, I require the water to be at least -10 degrees.

A few ladies wowed us with their synchronized swimming routine. I crowned Aimee the winner, mostly because she flashed us in the process.

All evening long we laughed, we tweeted, we blogged and we published our story on Whrrl.

Most importantly, we relished making a difference and being with other social media moms.

With an emphasis on being “social,” of course.
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Note: Mile High Mamas is not an exclusive community. We invite all Colorado moms to participate by signing up for our weekly newsletter, commenting on our site, following us on Twitter and becoming part of our Facebook group and new fan page. Also be sure to become a part of Mom It Forward Colorado so you, too can make a difference. To view a comprehensive list of attendees, please go here.

A special thanks to the Warwick Denver Hotel. Be sure to checkout their new Sunday brunch special: children eat free with two paying adults!

Event attendees: we want to read your accounts of the evening! Be sure to leave a comment with the link to your blog, Whrrl, Flickr account, etc. Stay tuned for our next event: Morton’s Steakhouse in November.

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