Monday, November 23, 2015

Wishing You a Wonderful Thanksgiving!

Considering the sad state of the world at this time, we are especially grateful for a chance to retreat to the comforts of our homes for the holiday and hopefully we all get a chance to spend it with our loved ones.

We really felt the need for a good laugh and found this gem from SNL - an irreverent and funny take on daughters coming home.

 Yes, we love to spoil our kids!

Wishing you ALL a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Monday, November 9, 2015

Back from Sochi, Russia - the ВЕДОМОСТИ-­‐КОНФЕРЕНЦИИ Report

I just returned from attending my first Event Show in Sochi, Russia.

EVENT SHOW 2015 - RENOVATION spanned several days of meetings with participants from around the world.

Nearly 7000 miles each way and well over 40 hours in round-trip flights were truly worth it!

Here is my report:
First, a big Thank You to my Facebook friends who followed my Russian Adventure this past month – and a big shout –out and credit to Cindy Y. Lo for all those incredible photos and posts!  Thank you!

What an amazing opportunity!  A business trip to beautiful Sochi and a side trip with Cindy to Moscow since we were "so close" after the three day conference.

I am grateful to the organizers of EVENT SHOW 2015 and our liaison, Anastasia Abramova, for the invitation to present "Best Cases" on behalf of EventWorks.

One of the highlights was the opportunity to meet so many inspiring event industry colleagues from so many varied backgrounds. The conference was truly global and the chance to mix and mingle resulted in a real learning experience for all of us.

Coming from the land of the Space Shuttle, Google, Facebook and Apple,
I figured that we Californians had the technological future wired into our collective state-based DNA.  After all, we regularly apply advanced technology in our productions!

I was amazed, however, to see what the rest of the world is doing with technology! Events around the world have gone hi-tech and Californians aren't the only ones proposing futuristic ideas.

The biggest impression for me was how much we all deal with the same issues no matter what kind of event one is producing.  We all encounter the same challenges and must have the same passion to solve problems and deliver a wonderful event.
Seminars focused on the importance of corporate branding and how we get inspired.
One colleague has spent 18 years working in the Middle East and his report on cultural differences and sensitivity was a real eye-opener!

No matter the country, the culture, or the language, people everywhere have the same basic emotional needs that must be satisfied if you wish to deliver a successful event.
This is just another affirmation that we are really all just one.

It was great to realize that we are not bound by cultural or geographic boundaries but quite able and free to work anywhere

I have made new friends and promise I will attempt to be better about staying in touch via social media!

Warm regards,


Oh so different, yet so familiar: Babushkas and Vodka, Krispy Kreme and Apple stores in Moscow.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Entertainment Report: Jay Leno!

Two birds with one stone:
1) We had the pleasure of working with the former Tonight Show host and car enthusiast Jay Leno
2) for a really good cause: one of Orange County, California's longest running charitable events, the annual St. Joseph Foundation's Celebration 2015.

Location: the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa.
Date: Saturday, October 17th.
Guest Count: 520 seated dinner guests.

As you know Ted Bowers and Jay Leno share their love of classic automobiles and had worked together in the past.

Ted: "Jay Leno is well known for his big heart for charitable causes. He often donates time and effort to the Make-a-Wish organization and he supports several health and children related causes. So it seemed natural to approach him for the St. Joseph Foundation's Celebration 2015.

He really delivered - above and beyond! He entertained the guests with his 60-minute stand-up show and continued on to enhance the live auction until late into the evening.

The foundation had an award-winning professional auctioneer. Jay stepped in and worked in tandem with the auctioneer to help increase the bidding and excitement.

He did not stop there!
Jay also auctioned off private tours of his famous car collection at his Big Dog Garage, now shown on CNBC on Wednesdays at 10pm.
Jay kept pushing the donation level up, good-naturedly pressuring the guests to raise their hands. Jay's generous gesture raised an unexpected, large 5-figure amount!

We always love to work for this good cause.
This year, St. Joseph Foundation's Celebration benefited the St. Joseph Hospital Innovating for a Healthier Community campaign. The funds will be applied to the St. Joseph Hospital PET/CT purchase. More than a machine, this is peace of mind. One of only two of its kind anywhere in the United States, it combines CT X-ray scans with positron-emitting nuclear medicine scans to produce images of unparalleled detail.

We are grateful to Jay Leno for bringing in 100% commitment to entertaining the guests and supporting the cause!"

We have had the honor of providing design and technical production for the St. Joseph Foundation Celebration for many years.
Each year, we have the pleasure of working with celebrities who are giving their best.
We are grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of such a worthwhile cause.

Warm regards,


Warm regards,


Monday, October 26, 2015

Event Report: A Summer in San Francisco Bay

We are happy to share a new sizzle reel - Thanks to our wonderful client! - of our month long production in Alameda Harbor.

This event took place six times - the finale to a Chinese incentive travel program that visited the San Francisco Bay Area in May and June 2015.

The location: aircraft carrier museum USS Hornet in Alameda Bay.

We turned this historic Navy ship into a safe and memorable, spectacular event space and presented the more than 10,000 guests with a customized 4-hour gala program of non-stop action.

The series celebrated 20 years of company history, served as a launching campaign for a new product, and concluded with an exciting preview of the 2016 Incentive Destination: Bali.

The USS Hornet production included
  •     military fly-bys to honor the location.
  •     iconic historic characters added to the entertainment.
  •     the real USS Hornet Band welcoming the guests.
  •     a Canada-based Chinese star and an American who sings in Mandarin!
  •     a customized live choreography of the Chinese super dance hit "Little Apple".
  •     900 Alaskan crabs sourced directly from the fleet of "The Deadliest Catch".
  •     the aircraft carrier surrounded with close proximity fireworks.
  •     Special accommodations were made for the youngest group. We created a completely custom-branded Electric Journey.
Our friend and client allowed us to share this video of the event series.

From the bottom of my heart: Thank you to Bert and his incredible team - Chi Chi, Phoebe and Rebecca -with whom we spent five wonderful weeks in San Francisco. We are glad you liked the North Face outlet just as much as we did!

And Thank You to our amazing, hardworking L..A. and San Francisco team:
Marie R., Scott Z., Rick T.,  Rick J., Dianne J., Doug J., Eddie M., Christa J., Jonny B., Eileen C., Wanting, Jim A., Todd R., Solomon R., Jon M., Elaine B., John B., Richard E.,  Pattie., Stephanie., Peter B., Dina R., Rebecca M., Isobel, Sean F., Susan G., Murray S., David F.,  Ron L.,  Robyn, Mickey, Zack, Asher.

And of course to the EW team of Ted, Kristen, GRH, Max, Carolyn, Leo, Edwin, Juan, Nick and Brook

Thank you for all your kind and professional work.

We would like to dedicate this acknowledgement to our friend and colleague Bob Walker.

Thank you for watching!

Warm regards,


Monday, October 19, 2015

Event Report from Sweet Home Chicago

You can get Janet out of Chicago but you don't get Chicago out of Janet! The American College of Trail Lawyers Conference took place recently in Janet's hometown. We had a wonderful time with longtime clients and friends - and lots of deep dish pizza!

Oh Home Sweet Home! We were really looking forward to getting a chance to celebrate the city with our very own Taste of Chicago.

We started and ended our week in Chicago with a crew dinner at Lou Malnatis' Pizzeria.
We met  friends Paula Marks and Michele Montgomery Giczewski at Gino's East for more deep dish pizza!

Ted and I were very happy to join our client and friend Dennis Maggi and wife Michelle for the best corned beef at Manny's Deli and I had a chance to have a lovely Michigan Avenue lunch with Chicago's Kathy Miller.
I caught up on all things Chi-Town with The One and Only Empress of Schmooze Audrey Gordon in Greek Town for some incredible ouzo wine and spanakopitas.
Last but not least, running into former EventWorks colleague Kristen Radakovich was truly a bonus.

We did work!
Our gorgeous location: The Field Museum.
Dave Calzaretta/Magnificent Events provided top tier local entertainment acts. MagEvents' Brett Ihde worked with us on site and took this photo.

Every evening featured it's own distinct entertainment.
Light jazz, a high energy cover dance band and - of course- the finest in Chicago Blues!

We are back in California and I am taking a break from pizza but I am happy to share great music!
Please enjoy the Matthew Skolar Band!

Thank you for indulging my moment of nostalgia!

Warm regards,

Monday, October 12, 2015

Design Report with Music! We Let The Good Times Roll

Les Bons Temps rolled in Southern California last week - we had the pleasure of creating design and florals for a series of occasions. 2000 guests for two breakfasts, two lunches and two Galas - we brought Black and White Elegance and 1930's New Orleans Jazz style to the evening events.
Director of Floral Design Kate Brack worked with our wonderfully creative new client to define the look and feel for the two day event. It was essential to create floral that stayed fresh and could be repurposed for several occasions.
Consequently, the breakfast, lunch and meeting decor consisted of succulents.
Floral artist Rebecca Motus and her team went to work.
"We used 5 varieties of organic materials, succulents, green dianthus, lotus pods , textured greenery, orchids. The decor took over 750 stems of black succulents called aeonium  arboreum Schwarzkopf commonly called black beauty or blushing beauty succulents. We added over 550 stems of aeonium green hybrid and over 1,500 stems of green dianthus and 560 stems of lotus pods. Almost 300 preserved boxwood spheres in different sizes, 400 blooms of white phaeleonopsis orchids, 850 stems of white lisianthus, 350 stems of white hydrangea."

Preparation and production on all of these items took about a week and a half with a full staff of five floral designers under Rebecca's guidance.
We produced 185 organic green arrangements for the breakfast and lunch,
85 sleek black and white arrangements for the dinner and almost 300 preserved boxwood spheres in different sizes , 4", 6", 8", 16", 22". 

White, black and green floral in black and white cylinders worked well for the overall look and they still looked fresh by the end of the second day! The final night transported guests from Anaheim to the Big Easy.

The client wanted to promote "Togetherness" and they had selected the theme and the band: an amazing 19-piece 1930s New Orleans Orchestra and Cabaret Show.
We had to include branding in decor and provide the right setting for the show.
We customized the center bar and added the company logo to our living boxwood bar. 

Napoleon Lounge settings framed the dance floor. 

Evergreen topiaries, lanterns and hanging baskets evoked the atmosphere of Congo Square. 

We are happy to say that our client loved the results - so much they shared on Facebook.
Our DJ Lee Dyson started off the evening with a motivational custom mix to promote "Togetherness". 

This song list will motivate your team this week!

Turn up the volume! 

 DJ Lee Dyson

 Thank you to my amazing team for turning this vision into reality!

Warm regards,