Enjoyed my first trip to Urban Standard last night for the 2nd Annual Catalyst Holiday Party. This group is all about making Birmingham a better place to live, work and play. As a busy working mom, I really have to maximize my “commitments” and, well, I just cannot deny the potential benefits of being involved with this great organization. Interested in learning more? Visit Catalyst at their website www.hiptobecivic.com. Their motto? “Empowering Emerging Leaders to make Birmingham a better place…”
The “hip” crowd quickly filled up the quaint downtown coffeehouse. Good People Brewing Co. and Johnnygreenseed Wines kept our palates quenched and all those savory and sweet treats (compliments of Continental Bakery, Urban Standard and J. Clyde) made for great networking around the large community table that’s smack dab in the middle of Urban Standard’s room o’ treasures.
There were a few heavy-hitters working the room and spreading their own dose of holiday cheer: Joe O’Donnell (B-Metro), Allen Hunter (Workplay / Founder of Catalyst), even man-of-the-moment Patrick Cooper stopped by for a few handshakes and good wishes.
Proceeds from the event will be used to help fund Outstanding Urban Renewal (OUR) Garden in West End and North 32nd Street Community Garden in Norwood…how’s that for some do-good holiday spirit?!
Want more Catalyst? Me, too! Stay tuned for a soon-to-be-announced date for the Mayoral Run-off Forum to be held early January.
Stay hip, ya’ll.