Monday, January 26, 2015

Event Report: We Do Football in "Sporty Sophistication"

Can a sports viewing event be classy and sophisticated? Yes!
The frigid winds - 7 degrees! - off Lake Michigan did not deter Account Executive Brynne Price from producing her dream: "Sporty Sophistication" at the W Lakeshore in Chicago on January 11th.

Brynne: "We had produced similar football watching events in previous years but this time we were tasked with the creation of a very upscale event! Instead of a sports bar or pub look and feel this needed to be a lot more chic and elegant."

The Premise:
A 3 1/2 hour long Football Watching Party hosted by our client for 285 VIP guests who were in Chicago for PCMA.

The Location: The W Lakeshore Chicago. The lobby had recently been modernized and remodeled. The event took place on the lobby level, in the lobby and the restaurant. It was essential to highlight the new features.

"We used Solo cups to create illuminated custom signage by suspending them on fishing lines around the dividing walls and attaching battery operated tea lights.
The primary focus of the event was Watching The Game. We made sure to set up the whole event with the television screens in mind.
We provided photo ops with the "locker room" backdrop in which we included the 9 brands of the client's hotel properties. We created football player cutouts for photo opps. The client had the great idea of adding cheerleader cutouts. The client had also created team shirts for servers and bar tenders.
We were happy to repurpose branded pennants to add a sportsy feel."

So now the big question is: who are you rooting for this Sunday coming?
Patriots or Seahawks?

We will make sure to catch the commercials! What a wealth of creative ideas!

Warm regards,

Monday, January 19, 2015

Event Report: Kenichi Ebina - AGT Season 8 Winner - on Our Stage.

We had a fan moment! A few weeks ago we had the chance to work with Japanese matrix dancer Kenichi Ebina!

Back in the summer of 2013 we had first been amazed by his dance style on "America's Got Talent". Yes, we watched the whole season and routed for Kenichi!

We made contact even before he won.

We finally had a chance to work with him a few weeks ago.

Location: Anaheim, CA.
The occasion: the final night Dinner Party for 160 Japanese corporate guests.

Kenichi was contracted for a one-man performance of 5 segments total in two separate stage appearances.

Janet Elkins: "He was the perfect choice for our group! Besides being an amazing performer, he is multi-lingual and very funny and charming in person. His performance got our guests off their seats but it was great that Kenichi Ebina connected with them in conversation as well.  The venue was a hotel ballroom and a chance to meet and see him up close. Everyone loved him! We know the guests won't forget this night!"

We had the chance and took it: we asked for a group shot.
Wishing you a lighthearted week!

Monday, January 12, 2015

TSE 2015 - Happy and Grateful to Have Won a GALA Award

Ted Bowers, Greg Holford, Kristen Rensch, Brynne Price, Janet Elkins, Kate Brack.

We are so thrilled and grateful to have been honored with a Gala Award for Best Event Entertainment Concept and Execution: Budget Above $100,000 for "the Sky is the Limit", the re-opening of the Pacific Ballroom in Long Beach, CA.

But we also had a wonderful time at last week's The Special Event Conference in Anaheim, CA, meeting colleagues, making friends, exchanging ideas, and learning about new trends and technologies.

Time well spend to recharge our professional batteries!

As Conference Ambassador I was happy to greet and welcome all of the attendees to a sunny, record-breaking warm Orange County, CA.

Thank you for attending our work shop, "Sales Strategies: How to Increase Sales and Maintain a Competitive Edge".
Our panel consisted of EventWorks' Janet Elkins and Kristen Rensch, Kathy Miller from Total Event Resources, Connie Riley from T. Skorman Productions who stepped in for last minute prevented Dianne Devitt, Sally Webb Berry from The Special Event Company and multi-tasking Harith Wickrema from Harith Productions, Temple University and Eco Serendib Villa and Spa.
We had fun sharing our experience and we were thrilled to meet our attendees in our "deep dives" where we got a chance to sit together as groups and get deeper into the questions and issues at hand!

Last but not least, we are very proud of the achievements of our Director of Floral and Event Design Kate Brack who co-chaired the After Party!

She had 30 minutes to turnover the room! A tough job that took an amazing crew!

30 Minutes in 30 Seconds Timelapse:

A true Before and After Situation!

I had a great time last week!
Can't wait to do it again! Meanwhile I am looking forward to staying in touch by phone, email and Facebook!
Warm regards,

Monday, January 5, 2015


Wishing you a Fabulous, Successful and Happy 2015!

Bringing it in with a bang: Phil Grucci's World Record Fireworks in Dubai one year ago.
The Guinness Book World Record was confirmed just this past October.
We found this video from Dubai Film on YouTube.
Truly stunning and amazing!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Peace - Joy - Happiness!

As you can see we had quite the Holiday Celebration! Here Mia Brack Enjem hard at work! We had Much Fun and Merriment thanks to Project Linus.

Can't sew? Not artsy-crafty at all? Do not despair - even you could participate in this fun, rewarding activity!
During a recent staff meeting we had discussed t that we all wanted to get more involved in a community service. We all have passion for one cause or another and the desire to help - but our work rarely leaves us time to actually make it happen.

Then we heard about Project Linus, a non-profit organization with chapters all across the country, that donates home-made fleece blankets to sick or traumatized children in hospitals and shelters. It turns out that the Orange County Chapter Coordinator Patty Krause understands our hectic work place. Anyone can become a "Blanketeer"! A Project Linus Party only takes a good hour. All you have to know is how to cut fleece and tie knots! Done!
Kate Brack had purchased the fleece, masking tape and sharp scissors. The EventWorks Blanketeers just showed up.  Max served us a nice drink from the bar. Patty gave us instructions and we happily went to work! Our Holiday blankets were fun to make and they will get delivered to a local children's hospital.

Our Project Linus Party was the first part of our annual Holiday Gathering. After spending the first part of the party making blankets, we opened the door to family and friends and celebrated with raffles, a gift exchange and a real feast, cooked by our in-house experts. We hope to get the guacamole recipe soon! We know that our friends mostly come to our part of town because of the crews' amazing Latin American home cooking. 

Thank you to everyone in our EventWorks Family and to all of our local friends who came to 340 W. 131st Street.

Joy - Peace - Happiness
Our very best wishes to You!

Monday, December 15, 2014

SEARCH CABARET: Join The Party fo a Good Cause!

"Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome
Fremde, etranger, stranger
Gluklich zu sehen, je suis enchante,
Happy to see you, bleibe, reste, stay
Willkomen, bienvenue, welcome,
Im Cabaret, au Cabaret, to Cabaret"

We hope to see you at the next SEARCH Foundation Soirée, Chèrs Amis!
After all, it is our industry's foundation. We all contribute so that friends and co-workers who need assistance during a health emergency or a catastrophic event can find help.
It goes without saying that SEARCH Fundraising Events are wonderful affairs that are really fun to attend!

One such occasion is around the corner:
Please mark your calendars and get your tickets to the upcoming SEARCH CABARET!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

9:00 pm – Midnight

Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort

1855 South Harbor Boulevard, Anaheim CA

SEARCH is happy to share more details:

We're thrilled to announce that the highly coveted SEARCH Cabaret is returning this year to the Sheraton Park Hotel at The Special Event Conference in Anaheim and will be produced by Danny Bergold of About Entertainment.

Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception environment with a tasty drink menu and delicious desserts while being entertained by some of your event industry colleagues.

To add to the main stage fun and our fundraising efforts, we've included a competitive element to this year's show. After an online video submission process, four amateur entertainment acts will be selected by a public vote to perform live at the SEARCH Cabaret for the chance to win the grand prize. The winner will be selected by audience appreciation. However, guests will show their love, not just by applause, but also with their electronic donations. The act that inspires the highest amount of donations will walk away a winner.

The event will also feature an array of professional entertainment elements, a silent and live auction, VIP suites and a late night dance party with a live band.

Many thanks to our generous Sponsors:

Venue: Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort
AV, Lighting & Production: AV Masters

Catering/Desserts: Someone’s in the Kitchen

Auction Software: GiveSmart

Entertainment: The Golden Coast All Stars

Social Media Photo Booths: iTouch Booth, Inc.

Custom Designed Scarves: Splendor for Your Guests

 We are looking forward to celebrating a good cause!

"Leave your troubles outside! Life is disappointing? Forget it!"
That is our motto this week!

Monday, December 8, 2014

THE SPECIAL EVENT 2015 Preview - Take A Sneak Peak!
Until we meet at The Special Event 2015

I am honored to be one of the THE SPECIAL EVENT 2015 Ambassadors with David Merrell,  and look forward to our conference in Anaheim in January. It is a great opportunity to exchange ideas, educate ourselves about trends and creative ideas in our industry, and energize ourselves for a new year. But it's not just all business! Gala Night will be a great event, produced by colleagues for their peers. I am really looking forward to the entertainment! Our friends Peter Berliner and Nicole Bernardi from Innovative Entertainment are sponsoring entertainment for the Gala event. We are happy to say that they are bringing an amazing program to the Marquis Ballroom at the Anaheim Marriott  Here a sneak peak into the night:

The Red Hot Band
After hearing The Red Hot Band, you’ll be talking about their amazing musicianship, clever arrangements, stylized choreography, and sexy-chic look for weeks to come.  As a fixture in the LA music scene, The Red Hot Band has been raising the roof with not only sizzling Latin music, but the most current top forty hits making them LA’s hottest fusion band!
Tera Bonilla, the band leader and lead singer, brings her experience as a world-class entertainer together with the best singers and musicians in the business. If your event calls for a “Vibey-Cool” down-tempo atmosphere, a “Hollywood-Chic” soiree, or a “Smokin’-Hot” dance party, this versatile band can provide a fully customizable package with any band configuration necessary to fulfill the needs of your event.

Click to see the Sizzle Reel

The Dueling DJs
The Dueling DJ’s is an interactive, energetic and engaging live performance where the crowd becomes the main attraction! By utilizing social media, The Dueling DJ’s puts the power of picking the next track into the hands of the party goers. This incredible experience is the brainchild of DJ CoryLive from American Idol, The Voice
and Dancing with the Stars. The Dueling DJ’s team is made up of an exceptional group of DJ/MC’s featuring DJ Kelly Dlux , DJ Dre and DJ Sean Patrick along with DJ CoryLive. The Dueling DJ’s transcends the DJ/Crowd environment and creates a unique live event experience.

The Gala Night is produced by Chris Gerstenblatt, Erika Lohmar, Todd Roberts and Kate Brack with generous collaboration from Visions Lighting, Go West Creative, AFR Event Furnishings, Quest Drapes and Eventworks.

Dancing, food and drinks — a lot to celebrate as we conclude another TSE and motivate everyone as we move into 2015!

 Don't miss out! You can still REGISTER for TSE 2015!

Looking forward to seeing you at THE SPECIAL EVENT,