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June 01, 2008

Bringing a Community Together Who is Miles Apart For a Birthday Celebration

By Li Evans

Kim Krause BergOne of my dearest friends in this industry celebrated her 50th birthday this month.  Through a mix of emails and phone calls, her very cool and very hip hubby Eric and I put together a party for her at the Fox & Hound yesterday.  I knew though, that some of her very close friends from the Search Industry couldn't make it because of the distance and others because of prior obligations, but I wanted to bring folks together who meant something to Kim.

I can't take all the credit for the idea, Barry Schwartz actually inspired me.  Because the party was being held on a Saturday, Barry who honors the Sabbath on that day, couldn't attend.  However, Barry still wanted to take part and he put together this very touching video and this got me inspired to bring together folks from all over the industry to send their wishes and be there even without being there in person.

I got a very touching response from those who responded to my email asking them to participate.  Barry Welford sent over an MP3 and it just made me smile, he sounds exactly like I've "pictured" him sounding and he made me giggle listening to his message all the way from British Columbia.  Jeff Quipp, another favorite Canadian pal of ours, sent over birthday wishes from the whole crew at SearchEnginePeople, I just love Jeff's accent.  Then miss Dazzlin' Donna herself sung happy birthday to Kim complete with her own southern accent.

Then came the videos.  Andy Beal sent over his wishes for a fantastic birthday along with his offer to help her with some reputation management and  squash those vicious 50th birthday rumors.  My boss, Christine Churchill and two of her four horses, sent along birthday greetings from Dallas, Texas and I even got Elizabeth Able to break out of her shell and record a video complete with a mention of naked midget wrestlers (honestly, it's just a joke the Cre8asite Forums shares with Kim). 

People celebrating Kim Krause Berg's BirthdayFinally to round out the birthday wishes in person were myself and my coworker Bill Slawski.  I do believe that Kim was really happy and actually very flattered that so many folks came together in a special way to make her birthday extra special.  Kim carried the disc around that was labeled "Happy Birthday Kim"  "From the Search Industry" around to show 20+ people at the party who wouldn't really know what even a title tag was.  Once she explained what we did, her friends and family were really impressed that people from miles away would come together this way.

When communities care, amazing things can happen.  Thank you to everyone who helped to make Kim's birthday extra special, and thank you Barry, for inspiring me to bring us together to make her day a great one!

*if you'd like to take a look at the photos, check out my Kim Krause Berg's Birthday Party set on Flickr.


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Glad so many people took part. Sorry I didn't get you something in time, great job!

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