Tricia Chinn Campbell feels moms should be a little selfish. As the mother of two, Campbell knows it can be challenging for moms to take time to focus on their own needs. She also knows that school fundraisers are always popping up, so she found a way to benefit Colorado schools while also benefiting moms.
On January 25, through her company, Mom’s Night Out Productions, Campbell will host the inaugural Mom UP! Project at The Hangar at Stanley Marketplace. The event, which runs from 4–9:30pm, will have pop-up shops and restaurants, a cash bar and speakers throughout the evening covering relevant topics. The $25 ticket, which must be purchased in advance, includes an $8 donation to the Colorado public or private school of the mom’s choice and a swag bag of offers and samples valued at more than $300.00. VIP swag bags are available for $40, with upgraded offers and samples. Attendees can also add on a cheese plate from So Damn Gouda, a local business in attendance. Campbell encourages moms to come when they can during the evening, stay as long as they like or even come and go.
Formerly in advertising, Campbell worked as a consultant once her children were born. As they reached school age, she realized there were lots of school fundraisers but many of them involved the same kinds of activities. She wanted to do something different that also gave something back to the moms.
The Mom Up! Project is a branch off of her Mom’s Night Out Production movie nights, created when the movie Bad Moms came out in 2016. While trying to come up with a twist on a mom’s night out, Campbell thought about how she could create a fun evening and provide exposure to businesses and swag bags for moms. Adding the element of benefiting schools would help alleviate any guilt pangs moms might have. The first event, which benefited one school, sold out. People from other parts of the city found out about the movie nights as did requests to give to other schools. Creating the Mom UP! Project meant being able to have a different format and the opportunity for more moms to attend, while still giving back to the school of their choice.
The speaker lineup for the Mom UP! Project is varied: Eric Gorski, bureau chief of Chalkbeat Colorado; Chef Maggie O’Toole, a cooking teacher and chef; Heather Hunter, a psychic medium; Bridget Molloy, dealing with women’s health and sexual well-being; Sarah Stabio, owner of The Bar Method Denver; and Wendy Gossett, a family temperament specialist. Pop-up shop exhibitors include Teakoe Tea, Plum Consignment, Hand and Stone Massage, Wills and Wellness Estate Planning, Denver Vein Center, Gypsy Stitches Studio, and Smartwool.
“Sometimes it’s nice to get a little something back that has nothing to do with our kids,” says Campbell. “It’s not only about being a mom but it’s about being a woman too. There’s a little selfishness involved.” Campbell hopes that between the food, drink, shopping and speakers, moms will leave with something that has added to their lives. “If they learned something, bought something, made some new friends or hung out with friends they haven’t been able to see, that makes it worth it. That, to me, is what will make it a successful event.”
For more information, visit https://momupproject.buzz.