Borden is used to rubbing elbows with the stars. She's been working on the Grammy after-party for six years in a number of roles, and truth be told, she barely notices when stars like Madonna, Taylor Swift or Sam Smith come waltzing through the door.
After the flutter of tweets that would follow Beck's surprise win for Album of the Year and Kanye's second storming of the stage in defense of Beyoncé, the stars at the 2015 Grammy Awards hitched up their gowns, let loose their bow ties and streamed out of the Staples Center en route to the Los Angeles Convention Center, where Abby Borden '08 was waiting.
As event coordinator for Along Came Mary, the event production company that put on the Recording Academy's official Grammy after-party, Borden had spent the day hiking back and forth across a room the length of three football fields, ensuring that everything was as it should be — that Jessie J had her favorite British "choccies," which she requested in her rider prior to her performance at the event; that Gloria Gaynor had the specialty water Borden's team had hunted down that morning; that the 400 servers wouldn't go asking for autographs; and that the 50 buffets were ready and waiting for food from around the globe in keeping with the "Passport to the World" theme. There would be high-end comfort food from ribs to corn on the cob, extravagant dishes like Mediterranean couscous and citrus shrimp skewers, and rich desserts ranging from baklava to Mississippi mud pie. Then there were the dozens of bars throughout the center, "to keep everyone happy," she says.
Borden is used to rubbing elbows with the stars. She's been working on the Grammy after-party for six years in a number of roles, and truth be told, she barely notices when stars like Madonna, Taylor Swift or Sam Smith come waltzing through the door. What concerns this ultimate organizer more are the moments she can't prepare for, inevitable snafus that crop up when 5,000 people show up ready to party, like the time a few years back when a guest tried to take a flower from a centerpiece, causing the whole thing to come crashing down. But this year's epic bash saw no such catastrophe.
Borden says it was the perfect way to end her run with Along Came Mary prior to assuming a producer role with another event production company, Honeysweet Productions, for which she interned when she first made the trek to L.A. from Lewisburg. You might think she would take a day off between gigs, but there's no time, says Borden, who designed her own major, management in the arts, while at Bucknell. Her next major event with Honeysweet will be planning and pulling off the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship, just six months away.
Posted April 2015
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