Carrie Rengers

Cotillion Ballroom thank-you gifts receive Facebook attention

One of the photos that Matt Stevenson took when he discovered the little gifts the Cotillion leaves for customers after shows. The photo has received quite a bit of attention on Facebook.
One of the photos that Matt Stevenson took when he discovered the little gifts the Cotillion leaves for customers after shows. The photo has received quite a bit of attention on Facebook. Courtesy photo

About a year ago, Cotillion Ballroom co-owner Catherine Leslie had an idea that’s recently been getting quite a bit of attention.

The venue on West Kellogg has a lot of concerts and other events after which some people, often inebriated ones, leave their cars and ride home with other people.

“I would think, well, those people chose not to drive, and I would think that was awesome,” says Leslie, who owns the business with her husband, Richard.

So Catherine Leslie decided to start leaving bottles of water and packets of Advil on cars left behind along with notes thanking visitors for being responsible.

“It was just kind of a morning-after type of fun thing to do,” Leslie says.

“Everybody thinks it’s really nice,” she says. “They’re pleasantly surprised.”

That includes Matt Stevenson, who works at the Cotillion part time but had no idea what Leslie was doing until October when a friend asked him to drive her to her car after she left it following a show. He says he saw a number of cars with the bottles and notes that day.

“I was like, man, this is a really cool picture,” he says.

He posted a photo to Facebook. Recently, he “liked” the photo, which he says spurred new interest in it. Stevenson says he has more than 600 likes on the photo now and more than 16,000 views.

“It’s gone really crazy on Facebook,” he says. “I didn’t really intend for it to go like that, but it’s cool.”

He says the Cotillion deserves the attention.

“That’s why the Cotillion is, I think, the best concert venue around Wichita,” Stevenson says. “They care about their customers.”

He says his friend appreciated the gesture, not to mention the water and ibuprofen.

“She just kind of laughed,” Stevenson says. “She said, ‘Well, I’ll need that later.’”

Reach Carrie Rengers at 316-268-6340 or crengers@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @CarrieRengers.

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