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G1 raises the roof for Super Bowl 51

Highlights from our  7th Annual Super Bowl Party benefitting Children’s Home and Lutheran Social Services Adoption Support Fund

With six years of big game partying for charity under our belts, it was exciting to once again welcome our party regulars, (many who have attended all 7 years in a row!) and greet a group of first time party goers, too.  All the newness may have contributed to the crowning of a new chili king with Joe Monsoor (Cathy’s son) winning the coveted best chili award for his spicy sensation, New Delhi Chili with Chicken & Duck.  It was unusual that our repeat chili champion’s Dewey Koshenina or Greg Kamin didn’t win…but neither did Greg’s Packers. Ouch.

While the chili competition was heating up, the silent auction was also a scene of good natured competition for coveted items like Wild Hockey tickets, Droolin’ Moose chocolates and Frost River’s acclaimed bags. This year Gamut One’s charity partner was Children’s Home and Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota Adoption Support Fund, two wonderful organizations providing grants to families committing themselves to adopt children with known special needs, school- aged children and large sibling groups. These amazing charities are also near and dear to the hearts of our own, Bill Bartlett and his wife Therese as they are blessed to have grown their family through adoption.  To top it off, over $2,200 was raised for the charities from Gamut One’s Silent Auction, donations and premium seat program!  Thank you to our generous silent auction donors: Droolin’ Moose, 3M, Wild Wings, Loews Hotel, AmericInn, Swedish Comfort, Marketing Architects, Ryan, Hodgins & Associates CPAs and Frost River. Combined with the equally generous bidding and donations of our guests we are proud to have made a substantial contribution to the charity. THANK YOU.

In addition to the auction action and the mad rush for Barb’s famous cookies, or Jeff’s mom Becky’s scrumptious brownies, the ‘Kids’ Zone’ was the place to be.  With a full size bouncy house, crazy kid games, candy and whole lot of hoopla, the kids had as much fun as the adults.  To top it all off, there was no tears or tantrums during the auction bidding for the ever-popular Stuffies stuffed animals.  Crisis averted.

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For a good laugh and a peek at the party highlights check out our photo recap of the event with snaps from Gamut One’s trademark photo booth.

Lucky #7 – G1 Studios 7th Annual Super Bowl Party

Here we go again for Lucky #7.  It’s Super Bowl time and we are ready to party.  Yes, the Vikings got our hopes up early in the season and then ripped our hearts out, but hey we’ll get over it.  Maybe Greg will get lucky again with his Packers.

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Good times are sure to be had with our famous chili cook-off and other great tailgating fare. The “Kids’ Zone” of the studio is where all ages will have fun with the bounce house, playing games, winning prizes, getting creative on the graffiti wall, and making memories at the photo booth.

This year our silent auctions will be supporting the Children’s Home and Lutheran Social Services Adoption Support Fund.  Two wonderful organizations providing grants to families committing themselves to adopt children with known special needs, school- aged children and large sibling groups. Child-specific grants provide additional advocacy for children who wait because of their particular need.  Please visit them here for more information.

Doors open at 3pm and we hope you will join us.  Please be sure to RSVP so we can plan accordingly.  [RSVP Here]

Here’s a recap video from last year’s party.  Enjoy!

XLIX G1 – 5th Annual Super Bowl Party Recap

The 5th installment of our annual Super Bowl party was another great success. Guests stomped off the snow and shook away the cold as they flooded into Gamut One Studios on Super Bowl Sunday, greeted by the welcoming aromas of chili cooking and brats being grilled.

 

Chili-gate? The Patriots and Seahawks put on a good show, but the contest of contention was to see who will wear the Chili Cook-Off Champion ring this year. Tensions were high and smack talk abound, to see if Greg Kamin could pull off a three-peat with his crockpot of goodness. Guests huddled and debated while carefully tasting each chili and anonymously voting Dewey’s White Chicken Chili to victory. Becky Schmieg received high accolades for her almost-too-pretty-to-eat Patriot and SeaHawk themed cookies. Barb Koshenina holds her rein as Queen of the Cookie, as she once again treated guests to her scrumptiously-addicting chocolate-chunk cookies. Diets were not on the invite list.

Personal Foul! Shockingly, the most penalty flags were thrown during G1’s typically calm silent auction as the adorable Stuffies created bidding pandemonium! With just five cuddly stuffed animals to bid on and a disparate number of cute kids with their doting parents – begging and bribing was the name of the game. One super star mom finally plunked down an exceptionally generous bid to claim both victory and a peaceful drive home!

Of course, the tears and cheers were all in good fun as the silent auction benefitted Gamut’s charity of choice this year, Soles4Souls, a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. Once again we were amazed by the generosity of our guests with the silent auction tables, VIP seating auctions, and cash donations, totaling close to $900. Not to mention, guests brought in pair after pair of new and gently used shoes to fill our lobby – 230 pairs in all!! Thank goodness the delicious smell of chili cooking subdued the foot locker ‘fragrance’!

Many thanks to our friends and clients who donated their products and services for our silent auction. It is because of your help that we were able to raise the amount of funds we did. Thank you: Marketing Architects, Droolin’ Moose, Frost River, 3M, Wagner Spraytech, and Wild Wings.

Big Game, Big Hearts! – XLVIIIG1

If the Broncos could only have played with HALF as much heart as our guests showed at the 4th Annual G1 Super Bowl party, they may have had a chance against the Seahawks.

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The generosity showed by our guests was truly amazing. With the silent auction tables, VIP seating auctions, and cash donations, the total raised for the Groveland Emergency Food Shelf was $908. In addition to this, our guests brought over 30 bags of food donations!

We want to wish many thanks to our friends and clients who donated their products and services for our silent auction. It was because of your help that we were able to raise the amount of funds we did. Thank you: Wild WingsMindwareDroolin’ MooseSkyline StadiumsTrain Me Tom,  and Frost River.

Yes, the Broncos were trampled by the Seahawks 43-8 in Super Bowl 48. The Seahawks came to play and play big – just like the 75 or more kids who rushed into Gamut One Stadium’s fun zone.

The G1 Super Bowl is where a kid can be a kid, Ok so someone else has that tagline, but it fits here. It fits well.

Our studio B kids’ zone is always a big hit with our 36’ obstacle course, basketball shoot out, and touchdown pass challenge. This year we added a new G1 signature bean bag toss and the graffiti wall.

Kids don’t try this at HOME! Really. Many grabbed the Sharpies by the neck and took to the graffiti wall. “Go Seahawks”, “Broncos”, “Sponge Bob”, “I love Cathy”… whatever your message, we offered 160 sq. ft. of white space to let the creative juices flow.

The 30 foot HD screen and amped up sound in the studio never disappoints, unlike the Broncos attempt to put points on the board.

Greg won the G1 Chili Cook Off  for the 2nd year in a row. He left the jalapeno brats in Wisconsin this time and opted for a new recipe from his pepper arsenal: Poblanos! When asked about the recipe, he said, “I have to give some credit to Paige (his 14 yr. old daughter). She was my taste tester for the early experimentations of this recipe and helped me turn this into a winner!”

If you missed this year, be sure to plan ahead for the 5th annual event. At Gamut One Studios our mission is: to enjoy what we do, who we do it for, and produce the best images to create success for our clients.

The annual Super Bowl party is just an extension of our mission: we really enjoy to share this time with our clients, family of clients, and of course our friends and family.

XLVIII G1 – 4th Annual Super Bowl Party

Year number four, here we go!  Last year was a blast, great food, great friends and a ton of fun as we watched the Harbaugh brothers battle it out.  This year we hope the lights will stay on (at the stadium) and we’ll all be warmer than everyone at the big game!

Tailgating starts at 3pm and don’t forget to bring some non-perishable food items to help support the wonderful work of the Groveland Emergency Food Shelf.

Of course we’ll have the big game projected up in HD on our 35 ft. cove wall. There will be games, prizes and bring the kids to jump around in the inflatable obstacle course. Taste, enjoy, and vote on the abundance of homemade selections of chili, as we compete again for the coveted G1 Chili Pepper Award.  Can Greg be the first to repeat as Chili Champion?

Help our preparations with a RSVP on our party page.  We can’t wait to see everyone again!

XLVII G1 – 3rd Annual In-Studio Tailgate Party!

Three years running, and each year the anticipation and number of tailgaters grows.
It’s time to get ready for February 3, 2013. Fun starts at 3 p.m.!

Don’t miss the big game in HD projected on our 35 ft. cove wall. Play games, prizes and bring the kids to jump around in the inflatable obstacle course. Taste, enjoy, and vote on the abundance of homemade selections of chili, as we compete for the coveted G1 Chili Pepper Award.

Help our preparations with a RSVP on our party page.  We can’t wait to see everyone again.  Maybe with a little luck we can cheer on the Vikings this year!

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Hangin’ with the Prez

Gamut One Studios had a brush with fame last Friday when photographers Jeff Schmieg and Dewey Koshenina had the unique opportunity to photograph President Barack Obama.  President Obama spent the mid-day touring and speaking at Honeywell while our swift and skillful photographers captured it all on camera.

The President has an extremely tight schedule, so when you are photographing him, you’ve got to be quick and on your game.   Gamut One Studios, a contracted Honeywell vendor, was brought in to photograph the President’s visit and provided Honeywell with over 400 press ready images within hours of the event.  Images were uploaded to a private web gallery where the Honeywell staff could quickly access and distribute images as needed for public relations, documentation and promotion.

Seeing how the whole White House machine operates behind the scenes was very interesting.  It was a complex process but most notably, a very well oiled machine that is highly choreographed for maximum efficiency and security.

As you can probably imagine, the day was full of protocol, politics and stoic secret service agents. That doesn’t phase Jeff, our ‘nerves of steel’ photographer who has smoothly photographed tactical response teams while expert marksmen pointed automatic weapons at him.  Provided with White House Press Pool credentials, Jeff followed the President as he toured parts of the manufacturing floor and met Honeywell employees.  Jeff was then allowed inside the rope-line to photograph the president up close during the speech.

Rubbing Elbows with the Associated Press and White House Staff photographers who cover the president every day brought new insight into the workings of this political operation.  Dewey photographed the event from the main press stage for another view point of the action.

Capturing the spark and excitement that people had when meeting President Obama made our job even better.  The kids (and many adults) in attendance were beyond excited… beaming with perma-grins as they showed off their autographs and photos while they soaked in the whole experience.

We got some cool press pool badges that make great souvenirs from the event.  I think Jeff and Dewey will wear them all week…you just never know when you may want to impress someone!

Pick ‘Em Challenge Winner

Many entered, but only 1 could win the G1 Studios 2012 Pick ‘Em Challenge contest. Congratulations to Roger Kadrlik who picked the Patriots to win the AFC Championship and the NY Giants to win the NFC Championship.

Roger won a movie family pack of tickets and a concessions gift card. When told about his winning prize, Roger said, ” We haven’t been to the movies in a long time. Maybe we’ll even take the grand kids.”

We are now just 2 weeks away from the big game which is a rematch of Super Bowl XLII. In that 2008 battle, the Giants defeated the Patriots 17-14, giving the Patriots their only loss of that season. The Patriots will be seeking vengeance. Can they pull it off?

Come to Gamut One Studios for the party starting at 3 p.m. on Sunday Feb. 5th. We have invited clients, friends and family. If you have not replied yet, be sure to check your email as we just sent out a reminder RSVP.  Your RSVP today will help us plan with food and beverage numbers.

Countdown to XLVI G1

Which teams will meet in Super Bowl XLVI?

Will the Packers do it again? Do the Broncos have a chance?

Make your 2 team picks as a comment to post on our blog
for a chance to win your choice of:

AN NFL JERSEY (you pick the team)

OR

A FAMILY AMC MOVIE FUN PACK including:
4 tickets and concessions gift card

Deadline for entries is 3 p.m. Saturday, January 14th

In the case of multiple correct picks, we will hold a random drawing to determine the winner.
Winner will be posted to our blog after the Conference Championship games.

Don’t miss our annual Gamut One Studios Superbowl Party!
Clients, friends, and family “tailgate” in our studio, watch the game on our 35′ cove wall, and kids jump & play around in our interactive fun zone equipped with an inflatable obstacle course. Want to bring along a few guests? You are welcome. Please see the invitation with more details andRSVP HERE.

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G1 Super Bowl Party: Cheers & Cheese Heads

On February 6, 2011, Super Bowl XLV broke the audience record ratings with 111 million viewers. Gamut One Studios took part in this event as host to over 120 of our friends, family and wonderful clients, at our studio in Edina.

The kick-off party was more than just for the big game; it was to give thanks to our supporters for a great start to our re-branding as Gamut One Studios or “G1 Studios.”

The party and the thrill of the NFC North, brought out the Packer fans inside many of the best Viking fans, who won’t yet admit it. With a 31-25 Packer victory over the Steelers, the tightly contested game kept everyone glued to our 22 ft. HD screen, projected on our cove wall.

In true “tailgating” style, we filled the back of a pickup truck with two kegs of Summit Pale Ale, bottles of Michelob Golden Draft and parked it in our 10,000 sq. ft. studio. Fans cozied up on sofas, settled in at pub tables or parked themselves on their own lawn chairs.

The half time show brought out many dancers, both young and young at heart. Cathy Monsoor, studio manager, lead the charge to the front of the projection screen as she was compelled by the rhythmic dance beats of Black Eyed Peas’ hit song “I Gotta Feeling.”

Cathy, donning her Jared Allen jersey, could be heard from the dance floor, “This is for all the Viking fans, who may never see our team in the Super Bowl!”

We wanted to create an environment where families could all enjoy this evening together. What better way than a  36 ft. inflated obstacle course for the kids? The kids raced, jumped, bounced and piled up on each other and everyone had a blast.

Many kids also tested out their passing skills at the “Aaron Rodgers Passing Challenge” game. Kids as young as four, attempted to complete a pass with a Nerf® football to the receiver “Donald Driver.” Parents ought to be proud. There is a good deal of talent on the horizon!

It wouldn’t be a party without food and we had plenty. The hearty menu included meatballs, veggies, hot dogs, nachos, beef-wrapped pickles and of course, seven varieties of cheese. We also want to thank so many of you who contributed to the plethora of desserts. We are still enjoying the sweets.

Most popular of all our fare, was our chili cook off. Congratulations to Bill Bartlett, who takes home the first “Golden Chili Pepper” trophy for his winning recipe. The award ceremony will take place in late March of 2011. G1 Blog readers will be the first to get the announcement.

Among the eight entries, including chicken, turkey, and beef chili, Bartlett’s was the only sirloin steak recipe. Many in the competition complained to the judges and even confronted Bartlett at half time about his meat selection, but Bill’s only reply was, “Why wouldn’t you go with sirloin? I want that golden pepper trophy and I won’t let chicken or turkey get in my way!”

Everyone had a chance to put on their silly face or foam cheese hat and ham it up for our Photo Booth. We filled our magnetic wall with some of these great shots. Next time you’re at the studio, check it out.

We plan to make this an annual party for the Super Bowl. There’s no telling who will be playing, but we know it will be fun because of all the great people we work with everyday.