Monday, April 9, 2012

Donavon Frankenreiter - Wonder Ballroom, 3/31/2012

by Nicole Parisi-Smith, Surfrider volunteer

The Portland Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation had an outreach table at the Donavon Frankenreiter show at the Wonder Ballroom in Portland, OR on Saturday, March 31, 2012. Thanks to Donavon and Anna of Monqui Presents for inviting us to be there, and for setting things up for us! Thanks, too to Kenny of the Wonder Ballroom who helped us get set up, and for the floor lamp he brought out to us, so that fans could see our table in the dark!

We were set up next to merch, in the left back corner of the beautiful venue. Donavon came by before the doors opened, and gave us Donavon mustaches to wear during the show. (They were on sale at merch for $1, along with other great stuff.) It was so nice to meet him, and to be able to personally thank him for having Surfrider at the show.

Donavon hung out at merch during Matt Grundy's opening set, and then again at the end of the night. This meant that the merch area was a hub of activity! This was lucky for us - we got to talk with a lot of fans, some of whom were new to Surfrider and some were not. One fan signed up for a Surfrider membership, we added new people to the Chapter's monthly e-newsletter mailing list, and fans signed our Ban The Bag petition. It was a great night!

Special thanks to the volunteers - Andrew, Kevin, and Sunya! Thanks to Lara for the great photos!