Ok, ok, so this post isn’t really about a favorite product this week. Instead, it is actually about one of my favorite non-profit organizations here in Salt Lake-SpyHop. My hubs and I attended their annual spring fund-raiser last night, and I was so inspired, I just had to share about it with all of you!!
So what exactly is SpyHop? It is an incredible organization in our community that supports and empowers youth in the arts and media (a cause near and dear to my heart as I was very involved in the arts in high school and a vocal performance major in college). A very good friend of ours is the Director of Development at SpyHop and invited Justin and I to attend an event a couple of years ago. I was so blown away by and impressed with the kids that I saw presenting and speaking in front of hundreds of people, that I knew I had to be a supporter. Here is the mission statement directly from their website to give you a better idea of exactly what they are all about:
Spy Hop Productions is a nonprofit youth media arts and educational enrichment center located in the historic Art Space district of downtown Salt Lake City. Our purpose is to empower youth to express their voice and with it create a positive change in their lives, their community, and the world. Our mission is to encourage free expression, self-discovery, critical thinking and skilled participation via the big screen, the airwaves, and the web.
How cool is that? Makes me wish I could go back in time and become involved as a youth! And even more interesting, SpyHop isn’t some crazy acronym, or a made up name, it is, in fact, a real word (who knew?):
SPY • HOP (v): The act in which a dolphin rises above the water in order to navigate and determine its position in relation to other members of the pod. 2. To look ahead. 3. To tune in.
The event we attended last night was all about raising funds to support these kids in their endeavors. We got to see them get up and pitch their ideas (short films, documentaries, music aspirations, apprenticeship opportunities, etc.) and then the audience was able to bid on the various programs and projects. There were so many incredible ideas in need of funding that we couldn’t pick just one this year, so we chose a few to support including their music program, a film about music therapy, and a documentary chronicling heroine use among high school teens in the SLC. And I am happy to report that all of the projects and programs received the full funding they needed last night to turn dreams into reality. And as supporters, we will get to see the end result and view the final projects next fall at an event called Pitchnic.
And of course it wouldn’t be a complete post if I didn’t share with you what I wore, and a few pictures from our evening (including guest speaker Ty Burrell-aka Phil Dunphy from Modern Family- and he was HYSTERICAL!!!)!!
Dress: RACHEL Rachel Roy via Macy’s
Military Jacket: Forever21
Feather Earrings: The Icing
Clutch: Michael Kors via TJMaxx
Gold and Tortise Watch: Michael Kors via Nordstrom Rack
Shoes: Chinese Laundry Love Me (I know I wear these all the time, but they are SO comfy!)
I really can’t tell you enough how incredibly inspired I was last night by these talented youth, their creativity, and the poise and boldness they showed in their ideas and aspirations. It takes a lot of courage to stand up in front of that many people and they all did it flawlessly. And it wasn’t just the kids, last night. I was also incredibly inspired my community and their dedication to supporting this incredible cause.
Please feel free to visit the SpyHop website to learn more. You can also make a donation if you wish to be involved or a supporter from afar. Every dollar counts-especially in a time where today’s youth really need us to rally around and support the arts in our communities.
And a special thank you to Larissa Trout for getting J and I involved. I can’t wait to see all of the projects presented to us last night in their completion in the Fall.