I don’t know if I hugged everyone who worked through the weekend of the M.O.M. Cup 2017. There were so many people who played a part in the success of the event, I hope they know how important they were to our soirée. Being our first cup, we had a lot of lessons to learn; but with all the help we had from a thousand different directions, we pulled off one hell of a stoner event.

First off, thank you to all the Volume One Chicks who came through for us, both new and old. Our Chicks are integral to our publication; I am so proud of all of you for representing us with such grace and individuality at the M.O.M. Cup, and diving in where we needed you. From helping decorate to working merch to selling 50/50 tickets to just being your wonderful selves, I happily sing your praises from the roof top. What a beautiful bunch inside and out.

M.O.M. Cup 2017 Thanks

Top Row (L-R): Carly Marley, Jade, Lily, Roe Butts, Rapture, and ziicka Front Row (L-R): Riannaconda, Kitten Puff, Ajia, Ali Cat, and Soleil.

I have to thank Tracy Curley for sharing her experience with me in the early days of planning. It was nice to have reassurance that we were on the right track, particularly in the last couple weeks leading to the Cup.

I must also show some love to my dear friend and fellow Chick ziicka, who was a great sounding board, had great complementary ideas, and didn’t mind my 2:00 am texts when inspiration and/or worry struck. She almost always knew the answer to “where is the tape?” during the whole weekend, and that was more important than it sounds.

To our editor, Jay, who kept on top of our administrative side, literally made sure our I’s were dotted and T’s crossed, and was a voice of reason throughout. Knowing that they were documenting it all, well, I knew there was nothing to worry about. [Glad someone wasn’t worried! –J]

Huge props to Neil Magnuson. If it was missed, he caught it. He brought great energy to the event that money can’t buy. His experience was unparallel and I am so grateful to him.

To Andrew, best sound guy a kitty could ask for … even if that wasn’t supposed to be your job.

Jordan, thanks for being great when it came to the kind of thing I kept my fingers out of.

Sheila and Sollena, the biggest squishes for taking such good care of the judges kits, especially during the week prior to the event. Also for helping pull together all the merch from all the different directions — no easy feat.

Opus! A thousand thanks for coming along to meetings at the venue, and just being helpful in general during the event. Invaluable ideas and presence. And lest we forget being a sport about getting roasted; you are braver than I am.

To all of our speakers. Some came from as far as the other side of the planet, and shared their trials, tribulations, and most importantly their success stories with us. With too many to list, we are so grateful to have had you. That many people in the room so close to the cause can only benefit our fight against prohibition across the world. It was truly a meeting of the minds.

2017 M.O.M. Cup Friday

Friday Speakers and Panels

2017 M.O.M. Cup Saturday

Saturday Speakers and Panels

Our venue, Vancouver Art and Leisure, could not have been a better fit. They were amazingly supportive of our voice. And Bradley, seriously, your problem solving skills are unparalleled. You guys were amazing, and I’m really looking forward to working with you again.

I cannot express how grateful I am to our entertainers. I don’t think there is a single person in that room that will ever forget your acts. Well done, all of you.

2017 M.O.M. Cup Saturday night

Saturday Night Entertainment

2017 M.O.M. Cup Sunday

Sunday Entertainment

I’ve worked with many volunteers over the years. Been one myself. Well, I had plenty of them for the M.O.M. Cup and they were all so amazing. Everyone made themselves available as we needed them; I am so grateful to you, and I hope you enjoyed yourself. You were an important part of our event.

To all of our entrants, thank you for entering our cup. We were doing something a little different, and we are so glad you were part of it. Congrats to the winners! 

Our Sponsors. I mean, we literally could not have done it without you. Your efforts will not be forgotten.

And finally, to Mae Moon. For empowering us to get things done. And going with the flow when we needed it. Since you came to me with the task of getting things started your faith in me kept me going. Big hugs and so much love.

Now on to our next adventure!