Being a mom is a full-time job, but sometimes it's nice to get away from the house and hang out with other adults — even if it's just for a little while.
When Tricia Chinn Campbell first saw the movie “Bad Moms” two years ago, she was inspired to create her own community of moms in Denver. She started small, with movie nights where a portion of the ticketing proceeds went toward school fundraising. She also brought in local businesses early on with “swag bag” drawings.
“It became a hit, which I was a little surprised about because I never thought I'd go into event producing,” Chinn Campbell said.
She started hosting events in northeast Denver near her home neighborhood of Stapleton. Soon, people outside of that area wanted to host events for their schools as well. Chinn Campbell now does movie nights by school, where moms can meet each other and hear about a specific Parent Teacher Association. She has also created “all school” showings, where moms from across Denver can hang out and select to which school they want to donate their ticket purchase.
Since she started the movie events, Chinn Campbell said she has raised more than $10,000 for schools in Denver.
As interest from the mom community grew, Chinn Campbell wanted to expand on the business.
She created Mom's Night Out Productions and hosted her first Mom Up Project festival event in January 2017 in the Hangar area of the Stanley Marketplace at 2501 Dallas St. in Aurora. Businesses rented pop-up booth spaces and Chinn Campell brought in speakers. About 600 people attended, with $8 of each ticket going toward school funding.
Chinn Campbell has already started booking booths for the 2019 Mom Up, which will be held Feb. 20 at Mile High Spirits, 2201 Lawrence St. She already has speakers lined up as well.
“I felt like I needed to do more enrichment-type things instead of just movies,” Chinn Campbell said. “I'm trying to connect people to other things.”
Mom's Night Out will still run the movies, but will now also include talks with guest speakers such as the Tapas and Tempranillo event on Oct. 9 with local chef Maggie O'Toole. In November, Mom's Night Out will bring in Leeann and Michelle Think They're Funny, a comedy show with two moms.
Chinn Campbell created Mom's Night Out because she wanted to give moms a moment where things were all about them.
“I saw the delight and the happiness of these moms coming together in community building,” she said.
The new speaker events are a way of bringing women together to learn about topics Chinn Campbell said she has heard interest in like health, cooking and entertainment. She wanted the new events to be an opportunity for women to learn more about a topic, as well as about other members of the mom community in Denver.
Before starting Mom's Night Out, Chinn Campbell worked in marketing. She has also written two children's books, “Kai and the Magic Jacket” and “Tika the Glass Jar.” “Kai and the Magic Jacket” is about a young half-Chinese boy who sees the spirits of his ancestors when he wears a specific jacket. When he needs guidance in his life he wears the jacket to ask his ancestors for help.
Before moving to Denver, Chinn Campbell and her husband lived in Silverthorne. They moved back to Denver for the schools. Chinn Campbell now works on Mom's Night Out Productions full-time.
She hopes the events will help connect moms with women who have already been there.
“I remember what I went through when I was first going to a school with my kids and I didn't know anybody,” she said. “It's just bringing people together.”
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