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OUR FOUNDER

John Francis is the founder of Fathers Eve. In 2012, John wanted to show off his new garage to some male friends, all who happened to be dads, so he threw a party that happened to take place the night prior to Fathers Eve. They had so much fun they did it again the next year and called it Fathers Eve.   Within a few short years, it has become a meaningful “Dads Night Out” event in over many, many cities! Today, Fathers Eve is a growing celebration that provides an opportunity for dads to learn from other dads and meet new people. “The greatest part of the event is connecting guys that didn’t know each other before but left the event as friends,” said John.

TIMELINE

2012
2012

Fathers Eve is born! The first ever Fathers Eve happened as a garage christening party hosted by John Francis in St. Paul, MN. Very informal structure, beer and chips and loud music was offered. Approximately 30 friends gathered for the first Fathers Eve in 2012.

2013
2013

Back in John’s garage, we added more food and games, including renting a mechanical golf putting game and bags, rented hi-top tables. Approximately 50 people gathered for the 2nd Fathers Eve.

2014
2014

Last time in John’s garage, many more people and more food and games. We outgrew the space and realized we were on to something larger than expected when new people were being invited by past attendees. Impromptu car show happened in the street. Total attendance was approximately 80 people.

2015
2015

Fathers Eve LLC is organized, six guys are engaged as business partners to take this to the next level! The one event in MN is moved from John’s garage to O’Gara’s Bar and Grill in St. Paul on Snelling Avenue. We had donated t-shirts and promoted ourselves. We enjoyed media coverage in local Minneapolis newspaper Star Tribune, front of the “Variety Section”, and first national media coverage with an article in Franchise Times magazine in October 2015. Donations from Dinos, RF Moeller, GameFeller, Sport Clips and many more. Held first silent auction raising more than $10,000 for charities, split between Movember, and Serving Our Troops.

2016
2016

Fathers Eve is Trademarked, received Sept 27, 2016. MN event was back at O’Gara’s bar and grill, silent auction Donations to National At Home Dad Network and The Father Project in MN. Local St. Paul Pioneer Press, and Highland Villager newspaper articles, and local TV coverage and promotions, NATIONAL efforts began with a no-fee license program offered. Added new licensed locations for the first time, expanded held events in 12 US cities New relationships with City Dads Group and National At Home Dad Network Added Sport Clips haircuts as a sponsor and got free haircut coupons Budwieser printed pint glasses with our logo!

2017
2017

Expanded our reach to more than 35 locations, including UK and Costa Rica MN event was held at O’Gara’s bar for the third and last time, Silent Auction fundraiser $$, food from Dinos Donations to National At Home Dad Network and The Father Project in MN Mayor of St. Paul, issues official proclamation “Fathers Eve” day in the city. Sponsors were Sport Clips returning, Baby Bjorn, Smarty Pants Vitamins, McCrea’s caramels, “The House” Movie from Warner Brothers, NBC News – national TV media.

2018
2018

Expanded to 43 cities, including Canada, MN event at Summit Brewing in St. Paul, silent auction held as fundraiser. Donations to National At Home Dad Network and The Father Project in MN National Sponsors – Sport Clips, Smarty Pants Vitamins, added Britax stroller with an online sweepstakes.

2019
2019

Expanded to 60 cities, including Canada and Mexico. MN event at “Big Thrill Factory” in Oakdale MN, Raffle tickets for fundraising, and donations split to National At Home Dad Network and The Father Project in MN. National sponsors – Sport Clips, Smarty Pants Vitamins, Truce Clean, Brush Hero, Duke Cannon, PGA Tour Superstore.

2020
2020

For 2020 we went online, due to the Covid19 crisis. We reached over 7,000+ people during our 4-hour broadcast, and had partner and entertainment segments on the video feed. We hosted a LIVE countdown in each of the 4 US time zones from John’s garage as a “Times Square” for Fathers Eve in 2020.

AWARD-WINNING EFFORT

Fathers Eve is nominated for “Best Father Blog 2018” presented by Family Living Today. This is an amazing accomplishment. We’re proud of all the hard work that went into promoting Fathers, Father’s Day, and celebrating Dad everywhere around this great country.

WANT TO HOST A FATHERS EVE EVENT?

Celebrate Fathers Eve in your own way. You can throw a big party or just hang out with a few friends in your garage. It’s fun, it’s free, it’s everywhere. By posting to #FathersEve, you’re celebrating with all of us!

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