Saturday, May 9, 2009

Event Recap: Jumping the Day Away

World's Biggest Bed Jump in Bryant Park

No amount of rain last Thursday could stop the InterContinental Hotels Group’s World’s Biggest Bed Jump from being one of the most fun, and certainly very different, events to take place in Bryant Park.

The bed looked so flawless, it’s hard to believe it was built and dressed while a torrential rain beat down on the crew who worked tirelessly through the night. A member of BPC’s fearless events staff who was on site for the build reported approximately an inch and a half of water covering the ground as the crew powered on to finish by morning. Now that’s dedication!

World's Biggest Bed Jump World's Biggest Bed Jump
World's Biggest Bed Jump World's Biggest Bed Jump

The bed was completed, the clouds parted, and suprise celebrity guest, Olympic gold medalist, and Dancing With the Stars competitor, Shawn Johnson took to the giant mattress to perform for media and members of the public. Gymnasts from Chelsea Piers also took turns wowing the audience with flips and tricks throughout the morning.

Shawn Johnson - photo by Sara Jaye Weiss, Chelsea Piers Gymnasts World's Biggest Bed Jump

Shawn was very friendly and gracious with fans and press. In an innovative move, she handed out bracelets printed with the phone number to call in and vote for her and partner Mark Ballas on Dancing With the Stars. We’ll definitely be voting for them!

By noon, Shawn turned the bed over to visitors who had a great time channeling their inner children and jumping to their hearts content. BPC staff members Martin (featured in the photos below) and Sarah were called upon to document the event experience for our company archives.

World's Biggest Bed Jump
World's Biggest Bed Jump

Jumping on a giant bed…just another day at work in Bryant Park!

Be sure to check out for additional photos and video footage from the NYC event, and from the bed jumps that happened around the world in Shanghai, London, and Paris. We hope you got your chance to jump!

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