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Energize Bay Area Young Professionals-80's Style

Headbands, Neon and Leggings, Oh my!

July 31, 2011       1 Comments
By: Diane Szczepanski

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The weather looked like it might be uncooperative, but it was smooth sailing in the end for the Energize Bay Area Young Professionals Network and their 80's theme cruise on the Princess Wenonah. Not only were close to 150 young professionals from Bay, Saginaw and Midland on board, there were an abundance of scrunchies, jumpsuits and fanny packs to be found everywhere, as guests did it up in their best 1980's fashions.

Spirits were high and the 3 hour cruise got off to a great start promptly at 6pm with Shawn Doyle of Impact Sound Entertainment, spinning the likes of Flock of Seagulls, Madonna, Bow Wow Wow and some good old 80's hair band rock. Guests enjoyed cold beverages, appetizers, a nice breeze and calm waters out into the Bay.

Stacie Hegenauer, the current Chair of Energize's Event Committee, was pleased with the turn-out and the night's festivities. "We learn something at every event we plan that helps us to make each event bigger and better", she stated. "It's a great opportunity for professionals to network and promote themselves in a fun atmosphere".

If all the smiles and laughs, animated conversations, crowd participation in the best-dressed contest and lively dancing that took place were any indication, this event was certainly enjoyed by all who attended.

(From L) Holly Huber and Ali Johnson, Members First Credit Union and Stacie Hegenauer, Wolverine Bank and Energize Event Committee Chair, get ready to party like it's 1989.

Tara Beauregard,(L) and Tricia Lathrom,(R) are all smiles as they prepare to set sail.

Energize is a program of the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, 901 Saginaw St., Bay City, MI 48708, and works regionally with Midland MyPros, Saginaw YPN and Mt. Pleasant YPN with the mission of attracting, engaging and retaining young professionals over the age of 21 in the greater Bay region. Energize provides many educational, fun, social and professional opportunities to get connected with other like-minded individuals in business.

The next Energize event is a luncheon at the Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center on August 10th at 11:30 a.m. Jeff Phillips, of Northwood University, leads the program 'Peak Performance', a discussion of seeking and achieving personal peak performance through the daily exercise of positive self talk.

Contact Cathy Koebke at the Bay Area Chamber at: or call (989) 893-4567 for more details on this event or for info how to join the Energize group.

Enjoying a snack and a great view of the cruise from on deck.
(From L) Megan, Zach, Lance and Ryan, all from Dow Corning Corporation.

It was a blast from the past with this crew!
(From L) Ryan Finnigan, Teresa Finnigan, Eric Finnigan, Katie Herzberger and Janine Buter

Everyone felt safer on the high seas with Top Guns on board!
Mike Blakley (L) and Scott Parker (R) Alias "Pete Mitchell-Maverick"

Formally known as "The 3 Guys Who Didn't Dress Up"
(From L) Joe Rodea, Sean Beckman and "Just call me, 'Anonymous'",
having some laughs with the camerawoman.

Happy passengers had a beautiful ride, fun socializing and a great time networking.

Kristen Squires (L) and Rachel Esterline strike a pose for the camera.

Shawn Doyle, of Impact Sound Entertainment, provided the 80's tunes
and emcee'd the best-dressed contest.
Some of the contestants (From L) Deb, Wendy, Amy and "Maverick", a/k/a Scott Parker.

John Bellsmith, (L) Bellsmith Graphics and Energize Steering Committee Member
and Brian Carson, (R) Elliot Environmental

John Bellsmith gets ready to take off for his World Tour.

(From L) Andrew Kornecky, Energize Chair, Josh Faulk and Mike Blakley, Energize Steering Committee

Bright neon 80's inspired attire, matched the bright smiles of the girls from Wildfire Credit Union.

Shawn Brandt (L) and John Putt (R) catching a
cool breeze up on top of the deck.

(From L) Cathleen, United Way of Midland and Katelyn, Dow Chemical having a fun night in Bay City.

Sara Sakon, Wirt Financial and Steering Committee Member and Cathy Koebke, Bay Area
Chamber of Commerce, having a bite to eat before they hit the dance floor!

Getting down-80's style. Sara Sakon wins the evening's award for
"Most Spirited Blow-Up Guitar Playing".
While the "Pretty in Pink" dancer busts a major move on the dance floor.

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McCool says:       On July 29, 2011 at 08:34 AM
Great capturing the moment Diane! My favorite pic... is the 'dance' pic ! Great Event Energize Group!!
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Diane Szczepanski

Business-woman by day, confessed boot addict by night and 'wanna-be' writer, music lover and proud Mom of an awesome guitar playing, teen son.

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