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Wigs & Hand-Washing: Hosting a COVID-Safe Community Event

By November 20, 2020January 31st, 2023No Comments

COVID-19 restrictions have forced many events to cancel or reschedule while others have gotten creative. Our friends at Wigs & Wishes downsized from their usual extravagant gala,  offering a socially-distant, community event before this year’s smaller ceremony.

Event Photos: DanCPhotography

Wigs & Wishes

Wigs & Wishes by Martino Cartier is dedicated to providing wigs to women with breast cancer at no cost, donating over 100,000 wigs since 2012. The charity takes its work a step further by granting wishes to children with cancer, surprising a select few each year at their event.

This year, Twinkle Photo Booth rolled out the red carpet at Gloucester Community Church for the 10th Annual Wigs & Wishes Gala. Before the gala, the outdoor entrance transformed into a day of giving, with safety measures in place to keep the guests healthy and happy.

To limit the number of people at the gala, only 250 tickets were sold. The charity decided to then extend it’s hours into the daytime as a free community event. During the day, virtual hosts streamed the community event live on Instagram and Facebook, taking donations from hybrid attendees. 

Safe Community Activities

Food Trucks

It is important as ever to support small businesses, and what better way than to include local restaurants at your outdoor event. The Wing KitchenTacos Al Carbon, and Dominic’s Tavern are a foodies favorite. 

Photo Booth

Guests walked the socially-distanced red carpet, posing in front of the charity’s custom step and repeat. Twinkle is always hands-free with a friendly concierge at each event to capture the memories. 

Basket Raffle

Event goers bought raffle tickets to test their luck on creative baskets, while raising money for a good cause. Some fun basket ideas included hair care products, household cleaning supplies and original art.

Live Music

This community knew how to party with a dance music DJ, Frank Sinatra sing-alongs and dueling piano players. There was no shortage of Paula Abdul song requests!

CDC Recommendations

The CDC recommends avoiding large gatherings where individuals can’t maintain a 6-foot distance. To enforce this, we used 6-foot stickers at the entrance to the booth with a friendly reminder of the guideline. As they entered, guests at both the indoor and outdoor events were temperature checked, each wearing a recommended mask. Once escorted inside, each family sat in every other pew with hand sanitizer stations across the church.

To avoid spreading COVID, large events are encouraged to postpone or move to a virtual platform. This means that holiday celebrations will look a little different this year. Virtual Office Parties offer a fun and safe alternative.

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