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2010 April 11
by Stanley Quan

Last night, Camp Kesem Berkeley hosted its third annual Make the Magic fundraising event. It’s our largest fundraiser of the year and is usually a more casual Sunday brunch affair. But this time, we decided to change things up a little and made it a more classy dinnertime event. Though it took a lot more planning and preparation, it produced a great atmosphere and much better setting, in my opinion.

I had the pleasure of acting as one of the emcees for the event. This is something that I’ve never done before, and after getting past all the jitters and butterflies, I thought it was a great experience and opportunity to learn. Along with my co-emcee Julia, we went up to the podium multiple times to kick off the event at the start of the evening, introduce the different parts of the scheduled program, and close the event at the end.

I think I was most nervous at the very beginning, when guests was having hors d’oeuvres and mingling, and I tapped the microphone a few times and started talking. It was quite nerving everyone heard my voice and instantly stopped talking and turned their undivided attention toward me. It was weird to tell the guests that we were about to start and that they should take their seats in a few minutes.

But after this anxious introduction, things got a lot easier and the night flew by rather quickly. I found that being confident and just letting the words flow out of my mouth was the best way to go. If I flubbed a line, so what. I just promptly corrected myself and moved on.

All in all, the event went really well and it was a very successful fundraiser. And gladly, at the end of the night, I don’t have any crazy or embarrassing emcee moments to worry about :)

3 Responses
  1. lacarrote permalink
    April 11, 2010

    good job :)

  2. Lisa Quan permalink
    April 12, 2010

    I wished I was there with you. Way to go!

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