New Year’s Wish
Thanks to Elizabeth (Liz) Mitchell and my old friend Kim Barke, Ana got to fulfill her wish of skating at Rockefeller Center in New York City – and then some. Kim was responsible for connecting me with an Executive at NBC who I then connected to Liz.
Liz did the rest including arranging for VIP skating tickets for Ana and her two close friends Storey and Sophia (Storey is Liz’s daughter). She also planned a few surprises, and paid for just about every detail including an overnight stay in the city at a hotel right around the corner from Times Square (no easy feat just two days before New Year’s Eve!)
Thank you Kim for connecting me with the right person to make this wish come true.
Thank you Liz for organizing, funding and chauffeuring this trip (door to door, no less).
I’m going to let the pictures tell the story this time.
Left to right – Sophia, Storey and Ana at the hotel. We’d just arrived and they were all really excited.
In the words of Ana, “This picture totally sums up our friendship.” We were at a steak house awaiting dinner.
We roamed around in Times Square for a while – The girls loved it. There was an amazing sense of excitement and lots of energy two days before the New Year’s celebration.
Stopped at MAC in Times Square and picked up a few things (including a new friend – our helpful MAC employee)
Stopped at Build A Bear in Times Square and the girls each made a souvenir bear (and another new friend)
Back to the hotel for an incredible surprise – a meetup with Fred Armisen! (He’s an old friend of Liz’s)
Fred’s signing some of the Portlandia swag he brought for Ana (she’s a big fan of the show)
An action shot with Fred, all the girls and another surprise guest – Natasha Lyonne!!
We started out the next day with a tour of the Today Show (which was being shot live in front of us) – Here the girls are in an unused portion of the set, looking at a perfect view of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center
Here’s what they saw
Sophia’s helping Ana with her skates
Finally on the ice!
An action shot
We went on the Top Of the Rock tour after skating and got some amazing pictures of the city.
The girls are wearing the matching beanies I got them 🙂
An incredible view on an incredible day
We finished up the day with one last surprise – Brian Selznick, author of Hugo (and dear friend of Liz’s/Storey’s godfather) met us for lunch. He brought a copy of Hugo for Ana and signed it in front of her.
I’ll end this post with a parting shot of all the Portlandia stuff that Fred gave Ana. Naturally, most of it has a bird on it.