“Oh what a night!” We might just know how Frankie Valli must have felt singing those words back in 1975. September 12, 2016 will not only be remembered as Clarke Allen Events’ 22nd Anniversary, but it will go down as the incredible night when owner, Clarke Allen celebrated the launch of his new book, The Inevitable Box: A Quest for Significance.
If you are wondering, the box is a metaphor for our identities, constructed out of our experiences, the perspectives of others and the coping mechanisms and personality traits that we learn to employ and are just tired of owning. The exciting message of Clarke’s book is that you can create the person you want to be and live a successful and rich life by choosing to re-write your story and be the person you decide to be.
Here to celebrate with Clarke were friends, family, industry partners (many of whom helped make the night possible.) Also in attendance were Clarke Allen staff members, past and present, and media professionals and colleagues who enjoyed drinks and hors d’oeuvres while mingling and listening to soft acoustic guitar and sultry tunes.
Guests were invited to tour the Clarke Allen offices adjacent to his CenterStage venue and purchase books at the “book nook” at a special event rate. All around were low lights and symbolic displays of boxes implying entrapment, but ladders were placed to imply that everyone could escape the box and live the life they deserve.
Clarke was introduced by long-time radio personality, Yankee Pete, who spoke about the Clarke he knows today that is nothing like the Clarke of The Inevitable Box. Taking the stage, Clarke thanked so many for the roles they played in the writing process and production of his manuscript to the final finished product. He spoke about the journey outlined in the book of the road traveled through his entrepreneurial pursuit that led to a critical life change and personal discovery of self. The longing in Clarke to share what he believes is a universal story as a mirror for others to see themselves, has led to a whole new avenue for teaching and coaching through what he calls, “Growthshops” that will be available to the public very soon.
After emotionally dedicating the evening to his late parents and honoring the personal inspiration of the late, Dr. Maya Angelou, guests were then treated to an opening video describing the book and what this journey has meant to Clarke and how he hopes his story will inspire others too. Clarke challenged each of the guests to expand their own boxes by opening a 10 foot tall corrugated box revealing a lit entry into a literal “feast for the senses” to celebrate the night away. Once guests walked through the box, they were greeted to the sound of live band music and dancing, a massage chair lounge, a fun-filled picture booth, a bourbon bar, casino tables and even, a shoe shine experience! Clarke Allen knows his craft, which meant that the décor and activities were top notch!
So many of the guests mentioned how incredibly impressed they were with everything that went in to creating this wonderful evening. Comments were heard from every corner of the venue.
“Wow, the band is incredible.”
“How did he design and create this fabulous set-up?”
“I never wanted to leave the massage chair lounge.”
“I’m reading this book tonight!”
When the night was over, not one person could possibly question the freedom and joy of expanding their own inevitable box. With expansion comes freedom and the ability to find real bliss as Clarke Allen definitely proved through his incredible launch party. Here’s to the motivating success of The Inevitable Box: A Quest for Significance.