Jim Kelly Celebrity Classic Recap - Part 2
A “Kelly Stick” Diary
Thank you to everyone who was patient enough to read through my behind the scenes, Part 1 recap of the 29th Annual Jim Kelly Celebrity Classic. I thought it was worth noting that this year’s tournament and preparations were already on overhaul due to the 1st time appearance of the entire Buffalo Bills organization, but that on top of that- there was rain. And a lot of it.
So despite the horrendous conditions, the tournament went on. Hmmm, where do I begin.
It was business as usual when I arrived at Terry Hills around 8am. The tents were up, signs were hung, volunteers and staff were getting ready. There was definitely less hustle and bustle than usual, but I will attribute that to the weather. No one wanted to be outside more than they had to. Normally we get most of the golfers & plenty of media waiting around hours before the scheduled shotgun to catch glimpses of the celebrities, and take their turns meeting & greeting. Not so much this year.
It’s exactly like the calm before the storm in the hour leading up to when the Bills and celebrities were scheduled to arrive. The plan was for the Bills busses and the celebrity busses to arrive at the same time, so as one could imagine, “the calm before the storm” sums it up to a tee. By the way- I love inserting golf puns when I can.
When that did happen, it was a free for all. Being my second year working the tournament, I decided to enlist some help, and I also decided to have some fun with it. But first things first. I’m essentially still a newbie, but I knew that with Jim Kelly being in good health and returning to run things this year, and with the addition of the Bills, it would inevitably be a bigger and more eventful year than ever? Well, at least bigger than my only other year working it last year. Thus, I wanted to have an extra set (or two) of hands to help me capture & document the day. My two assistants were our Staff Accountant, Julie, and my husband, Dave.
I put Julie to work snapping every possible photo she could, and she did not disappoint. Over 300 pictures from her alone created quite the photo album. Dave had dual-purposes: first and foremost, to be my informant. Truth be told, I am not a Bills fan. My allegiance is to the Indianapolis Colts, and even so, I don’t follow the NFL nearly as closely as my hubby does. So having him with me to point out some of who’s who was crucial. Should I be embarrassed to say I wouldn’t have probably recognized LeSean McCoy on my own? His second task was to be a secondary photographer & videographer- for example, capturing the time-lapse video of the shotgun. Needless to say, with all the commotion, I would have failed miserably without the two of them.
Capturing this moment of Chris Berman patting Danielle's hair was pretty on point.
So where does that leave me you might ask? I was lucky that I had two “assistants” to take general photos and videos of the event, because my fingers were busy live-tweeting and instagramming. The rain made that job especially fun, because in-between tweets I had to either break to wipe my phone off from the rain droplets, or run inside to tweet them, and run back out so that I wouldn’t miss more of the action.
On top of simply tweeting out photos of different celebrities and Bills players, this year was also the 1st appearance of a Long-Drive Contest off Hole 1. It definitely made for an interesting show ,that I was responsible for capturing in 15-second or less videos to post to Instagram & Twitter. Very fun to watch the golf prowess of an assortment of celebrities: from Rex Ryan, to Andre Reed, to Ickey Woods, and others. Some looked like golf professionals (on top of NFL professionals), while others completely whiffed. Not to mention any names… Boobie Dixon.
My fun segment of the day was the appearance of the selfie stick, which I like to call the “Kelly Stick”. At first I was a little nervous and embarrassed, honestly, to go up to these major household names and whip out a selfie stick. And while some of them did kind of give me that reaction, like “ugh really, a selfie stick…” (to which I can’t even blame them, because that too was my thought on the device prior to this event), others were coming up to me wanting to use it. I was approached numerous times with the question, “Is that a selfie stick?”
To my surprise, the selfie stick was actually a lot of fun, and more of a conversation starter than I imagined. Here’s just a few of the selfie stick shots I got from the day (because I’m sure you don’t want to look at endless photos of my mug):
In addition to more selfie stick shots, we have our entire photo album from the day up on our website, here. And as previously mentioned, videos and more photos from the event can be found on our Twitter & Instagram pages.
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