OH2019 Meet & Greet Costume Party Recap!November 6, 2019
Music, Dancing, and Friendship at the OH2019 Meet & Greet
One of the most enjoyable parts of an ObesityHelp Conference is spending time together as a community and making memories with each other. At each ObesityHelp National Conference, we like to host a Meet & Greet Party on the first night of the conference to do just that! This year was no exception; on Friday night, there was a Costume Party with music and dancing.
A huge shout out of thanks to Platinum Sponsor PatchMD for sponsoring the Meet & Greet Costume Party! They have been an exhibitor at the conferences since 2014 and a sponsor since 2016. During the Costume Party, PatchMD's Barry Smeltzer, MPASm PA-C BCIP announced the PatchMD Giveaway Bundle Winner, a big congratulations goes out to Vera!
We'd also like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of the wonderful Meet & Greet volunteers that helped with decorations and badge verifications. Thank you to ObesityHelp Founder Eric Klein & family, Rusty Martinez, the Gyurina family, and Diane & Lindsey Maricic! Also, a very special thank you goes out to Kim Gyurina's grandsons for helping add some fun to the maze: Gas Mask Costume, Alex Stevens, and the Rabid Rabbit, Nate Stevens.
What a fantastic weekend, we loved sponsoring the 2019 ObesityHelp National Conference and the Meet & Greet Costume Party! A huge thank you to each bariatric surgery community member that stopped by the PatchMD exhibitor table. We loved meeting you, hearing about your vitamin needs, and answering your questions about the patches. It means so much to us to be able to connect directly with you and to help support you on your bariatric surgery journey. We're looking forward to connecting with our friends again at the OH2020 conference! -Don, Operations Manager, PatchMD
At the Meet & Greet Costume Party, we held a costume contest with $700 worth of prizes awarded to the winning costumes. There were six costume contest categories, including Best Overall, Best Group, Best Duo, Scariest, Funniest, and Most Creative. We loved seeing all of the creative costumes! Before the night was over, we already heard about attendees that were planning their costumes for OH2020! We're excited to see them. Huge kudos to everyone that put so much creativity in their costumes.
It’s fantastic to see so many people laughing and having fun at the Meet and Greet; they are able to dress up if they wish to, and cut loose in a way that they may never have done before. They seem to have a complete feeling of freedom and acceptance, and it would please me to see even one person experiencing this, but at our OH National Conference, I see hundreds of them experiencing this, and that’s what it’s all about for me; it’s absolutely heartwarming. -Kim Gyurina, Conference Manager
Best Overall Costume, $200 Gift Card - French Kiss
Theresa L., Michelle B., Amanda P., and Debra C.
Best Group Costume, $250 Gift Card - Bariatric Beauties
Laurie S. (Mrs. Bye 312 #HelloHealthy), Samira B. (Mrs. No Giving Up), Jeanine R. (Mrs. Live Intentionally),
Amber P. (Mrs. Lost 105 lbs), Rebecca M. (Miss Never Go Back 2016), Carol O. (Mrs. Back on Track),
Lisa I. (Mrs. Nor More Diabetes), Lilia S-G. (Mrs. Work in Progress), Lesley B. (Ms. 5K),
Melissa S-G. (Mrs. Weight Less than in H.S.), Makenna C. (Mrs. Supportive)
I think it’s great that a group of strangers came together to share a common goal to attend the OH conference and participate in the costume party as a team. We are part of a supportive community where acceptance, friendship, and wellness are the goal. We support and encourage each other through the process. - Lilia S-G., Bariatric Beauties
When we won the prize, it meant the world to us because it reminded us that we are still worth fighting for. -Samira B., Bariatric Beauties
Best Duo Costume, $100 gift card - Harley Quinn & Joker
Melissa S. and Brian L.
Scariest Costume, $50 gift card - Skeleton
The meet and greet night was Super Spooktacular!! What an amazing night with such a wonderful and supportive group of people! It was just so nice to be able to let all my stress go. I spent the night singing, dancing, taking in all the amazing costumes, doing selfies and laughing! The entire conference was absolutely amazing filled with so much information, products, and for me so many new experiences! I so can’t wait till next year! -Rachelle W.
Funniest Costume, $50 gift card - Queen of Farts
I love coming to the meet and greets to see all of my support group friends and all the new friends I just made. Developing these friendships and supporting each other is one of the best parts of OH. -Connie W.
Most Creative Costume, $50 gift card - Premier Protein & Ingredients
Sheryl G., Bruce S., Debbie W., and James W.
2021 ObesityHelp National Conference
We’d love for you to join us at the 2021 ObesityHelp National Conference on October 1 and October 2, 2021, in Houston, Texas! You’ll walk away with education, support, friendships, fun, celebration, photos, and memories that you’ll always cherish. To stay apprised of updates, make sure to join us in the Conference Facebook Group.
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