Like many of you, we at Revel are anxious for 2020 to end and are looking forward to the dawn of a New Year. Even if 2021 may not be the “back-to-normal” everyday life we all so crave, relief (and hope) is in sight.
While our hearts are heavy thinking of all the lives devastated by this unprecedented global pandemic and its economic and social impact on our communities, we cannot reflect on 2020 without also being thankful for all we have achieved. Top among those, we are most thankful for the ways our community reached through our screens to help each other during this trying time. Perhaps Kerry Stilwell, a member in McLean, VA, captured our feelings best when she said that thanks to Revel, "I've made more friends during Covid-19 than I've ever met in my own neighborhood."
At the beginning of March 2020, Revel was an in-person events community based in San Francisco. Our co-founder Lisa Marrone gave birth to her son, Loren, the week the Bay Area went into lockdown. At that moment in time, as we pivoted from 100% in-person social gatherings to all online events, we weren't sure whether Revel would survive the uncertainty. Fast forward several months, and Revel is now a community of more than 3,000 members nationwide, and thriving! The Revel community hosted 100 gatherings in the month of December alone — everything from "Quarantini" happy hours to a Revel art gallery opening night to a weekly conversation group on purpose and age. “If Revel as a company and a community can accomplish all of this in such uncertain and trying times,” notes co-founder Alexa Wahr, “I can't imagine what we are capable of during normal ones.”
Whether you attended an event, or used the platform to communicate with your fellow members, you were an important part of Revel's success. Thank you for being a member of Revel. Here's to a happy and healthy New Year.