May 5th, 2015
Sean Virnig is someone that most of our community knows as Superintendent. Others may know him as an owner of a bicycle company. To us, he is someone who is willing to go the extra mile for our Deaf Ecosystem. We know this because he asked us to collaborate on a student-driven project to create California School for the Deaf, Fremont’s new logo. From this experience, we realized how powerful it was for Deaf-owned and Deaf-run businesses, organizations, and schools to work together.
The biggest reason we featured Sean in beyoutiful is for a completely different reason, however. What we found incredibly inspiring was Sean’s attitude on time. If he seems like a person that has accomplished a lot in his life, it is because Sean makes time. His days are devoted to his staff and students, his dinnertimes revolve around his family, and his nights are spent on Rawland Cycles businesses, so he chooses to get up at 4 AM to bike up Mount Diablo everyday. His early mornings are his way of taking care of himself before he can take care of others.
On Saturday, April 25th, we made time to celebrate the reveal of our third beyoutiful feature in Danville, CA! The event kicked off with our first-ever hijacking team taking over our Instagram account: JAC Cook and Adam Jarashow. See the event through their eyes here.
Guests enjoyed an impressive arrangement of cupcakes with the Rawland Cycles logo, created by Tiffany’s Lil Cupcakes. Along with these little treats were Mozzeria’s famous margherita pizzas.
Then came our favorite part of every beyoutiful event: seeing the featured person’s reaction to the video, which they always watch for the first time along with the audience at the event. Truthfully, we all got a bit teary-eyed seeing the look on Sean and his family’s faces!
After the video premiere, we enjoyed a beautiful dance performance by Antoine Hunter and an amazing ASL poem by Joseph Davis. Both performances were interpretations of Sean’s favorite poem, titled “Rawland” for his bicycle business.
Wayne Betts, Jr. talked with the crowd about being inspired by Sean and the meaning of beyoutiful. People mingled and learned about Rawland Cycles. Games were played and several were sent home with their own Convo Lights and a bicycle prize from Rawland Cycles!
As the event came to a close, everyone’s bellies were filled with cupcakes and pizzas, their arms worn out from all the lively conversations, and their jaws a bit sore from the hearty laughter. Our hijackers bid their farewell and summed the event up in a 15-second clip:
And that’s a wrap!!! We truly had a grand time hijacking @convo’s Instagram tonight! Thanks again for the privilege! That’s all, folks! -JAC and adam #convo #beyoutifulConvo #thatsallfolks #signingoff A video posted by Convo Relay (@convo) on Apr 25, 2015 at 10:31pm PDT
Until the next one! Any guesses as to who it will be?
Who’s next? Coming in May. #beyoutifulConvo A video posted by Convo Relay (@convo) on Apr 30, 2015 at 6:37am PDT
See more photos of the event by Clare Cassidy here.