We were welcomed to the GoDaddy Christmas party at the stadium entrance with a handshake and smile by GoDaddy’s CEO, Blake Irving. Auguste Goldman, Chief People Officer, checked us in and welcomed us with our drink tickets. I was impressed to say the least with the peer relationship I noticed being fostered.
Walking down stadium steps with a lemonade and hotdog in hand is the typical way to enter a baseball field. I looked down to hoist up my cocktail gown taking calculated steps while holding onto the railing as I followed Jon, dressed in his Celebrity Tux & Tails tuxedo, to home plate. This was no ordinary weekend playoff. This was Chase Field turned GoDaddy Christmas party.
I was wearing a dress by De Novo Formal Wear, a local small business who gave me the dress for the evening. The formal dress business was created after Leticia turned 40 and realized she had not pursued her dream of owning her own small business. After looking in her closet at seven formal dresses that were only worn once, she knew she wanted to do something with recycling. “Once I saw those dresses hanging in my closet, it just hit me right there. It was just so obvious.” De Novo Formal Wear believes “everyone can have a beautiful dress no matter size or money.” Leticia and Zaida made me feel like a princess and with Jazzy Braidz offering to create my updo of braids and dreadlocks, I felt gorgeous.
Jon and I followed our hosts down into the field, taking in the sights – couches, lamps, lit up tables, and an ice sculpture. We were handed a menu at the booth of catered food. With a point to the menu, our vegetarian stir fry and Pad Thai was presented with a napkin to go. “Make sure to try the other two stations. There is so much food here to try.”
The glow of lights melded with the hot air blowing in for guests dressed for warmer weather on this cool desert Arizona night. I wrapped my shawl around my shoulders. DJ Roonie G was on stage encouraging guests to get on their groove. Dancers became the featured entertainment on the jumbotron.
Blake Irving gave a warm welcome to the crowd that was covering the baseball field. Danica Patrick joined him for the Top Ten humorous countdown. I placed my hand over my heart as The Star-Spangled Banner echoed off of the covered stadium.
And then it was time to party. The center bar area filled with bartenders serving up the masses in a continuous stream of requests. In a moment, the stage lit up with sound.
Opening the night was country singer Brett Eldredge. The crowd became more dispersed with some gathering shoulder to shoulder in front of the stage, while others enjoyed playing giant games that mimicked Lite-Brite, Operation, and Connect Four. The CEO, Blake Irving, was soon rocking the drum set on stage! We mingled with employees enjoying their well earned night out.
We stood in line for our slow motion video with props. We had so much fun that we found ourselves in another photo booth taking candid photographs. We met employees and their plus ones. Within the bustle I asked the employees what they enjoyed about working at GoDaddy. Time and time again the employees told a story of how well they are taken care of and how they feel like a meaningful part of the company.
The secret of the main act was soon revealed, and cell phones were raised high over heads to capture the opening song of Fall Out Boy. The night continued to bring song after song from this talented group of four, with little gaps between to breathe.
The night was so unique and fun, I created a montage of the evening for you to enjoy.
Thank you for partnering with me on this special evening: Celebrity Tux & Tails, De Novo Formal Wear, and Jazzy Braidz.
Thank you for an amazing night as your guest GoDaddy.
I am always ready to go to a party!