The BlogHer '14 Closing Party, Brought to You by McDonald's and Featuring Rev. Run of Run-DMC!
Today, I am finally able to reveal the details behind the Closing Party for our 10th anniversary event, and it will be epic!
We're thrilled that our longtime (six years running, thank you very much!) partner McDonald's is back to make the entire party possible. And they are pulling out all the stops.
McDonald's is helping us take over and transform an outdoor space two blocks from the convention center, creating an outdoor concert, dance party, generally awesome space in which to chill with your old and new friends, watch the sunset, dance your butts off and send BlogHer '14 out in appropriate style!
The headliner? Rev. Run, the famous frontman of legendary hip-hop group Run-DMC.
Run-D.M.C. was the first hip-hop act to have a gold album, a platinum album, a multi-platinum album, an MTV video, and a Grammy nomination, and only the second to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. With more than four million Twitter followers, Rev. Run is no stranger to social media, either. He’ll be kicking off BlogHer’s dance party, and staying until until we close the place down!
If your interest is more in sitting, chilling, and eating, never fear. McDonald's will be serving Happy Meals, smoothies, and YES, french fries!). Plus, McDonald's will be offering salads, with the dressings on the side, as well.
So we'll be sipping sangria, watching the sun set, and then letting our hair down on the dance floor, thanks to our partner McDonald's. Please join me in thanking them for their years of support for this community with the hashtag #McDBlogHer.
Thank you, McDonald's.
And this is a great time to share a list of all of our official and sanctioned party sponsors for BlogHer '14, and thank each and every official BlogHer sponsor. Our partners deliver unique experiences. They keep our blogger ticket rates low. They are an integral part of the entire, rich BlogHer Conference experience. We hope you will join us in thanking them for their support of the event, and by extension the full community. We could not do any conference without them.
Official BlogHer '14 Event List
[If you do not see an event on this list, it is an outboard event*.]
ALL events at the San Jose Convention Center are sanctioned by us. We will be opening up RSVPs for about 10 events in the next day or two, so stay tuned!
As previously announced in our Party Plan, here are have some awesome sponsored Open House Suite Parties on Friday night at the Hilton:
Community member Leah Peterson is attending as a sponsor for the first time (Go Leah!) with her Flawed But Authentic Suite, open throughout the conference, taking headshots and sharing the benefits of essential oils.
California Women Lead, a non-partisan, issue-neutral organization encouraging women to take leadership positions in their communities... perfect inspiration for our community of online leaders.
GoldieBlox, engineering toys for girls...I'm guessing their suite may be the most "playful" place at the conference.
SheBooks, a new innovative eBook publishing and distribution platform focused on women authors, and rolling out an affiliate program to boot.
And here is the list of the other sanctioned, official parties happening at, near, and around our venues:
Disney screening of The Hundred Foot Journey Friday evening (RSVP to Marshall.Weinbaum@disney.com)
Eppa's SupraFruta Sangria (Sundown Soiree before the Evening at the Expo on Thursday afternoon, currently full)
Merck for Mothers with a Thursday afternoon event before Evening at the Expo at the Fairmont Hotel [RSVPs to officially open also in the next day or two]
The Baby Ladies Baby Shower (Submit interest here)
*Side note: This list of wonderful sponsors and event is so important to us because as some of you may remember, in the past BlogHer (like other conferences) has suffered when brands piggyback on BlogHer's event without actually supporting the majority of attendees, in a practice known in the events industry as "outboarding." You can read our perspective on outboarding in a post I wrote about it last summer. You can also read about what conference organizers from Mom 2.0, NMX/TBEX, and Type A Parent think. The brands and agencies represented above showed up, worked with us, and have made a huge difference this year.
Please have fun visiting our sponsors at their events and at the Expo Hall. And please join us in thanking them.
And them come dance with us!