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Think ISES: May-June 2015
The latest news from the International Special Events Society
Pretty in Pink: Legendary Events Creates a Chic 40th Birthday Party
Legendary Events creates an oh-so-chic 40th birthday party that's long on pretty pink and brilliant bling. The Special Events Advisory Board loved it, bestowing a 2015 Gala Award nomination.
Hit the Beach: Russell Harris Event Group Creates Beaches of the World

A global technology client kicked off its 2014 international sales and marketing conference by welcoming 3,500 guests from around the world to the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. Ready for something different after years of staging events at the convention center, the Russell Harris Event Group team took the client poolside for a sophisticated pool party representing beaches of the world—Middle East, South Beach, South Pacific, Latin America, Asia—where the corporate giant has divisions.

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Wine Country Party Expands, Rebrands as Bright Event Rentals
Wine Country Party and Events, the full-service event rental company based in Sonoma, Calif., owned by former Classic Party Rentals executives Michael Bjornstad and John Moran, announced yesterday that it is opening a new 60,000-square-foot warehouse with adjoining showroom in San Francisco and changing its name to Bright Event Rentals
New Photorealistic Backdrops from Grosh, 'Cottage' Dinnerware from Homer Laughlin, and Chalkboard Table from Town and Country
New products for special events include photorealistic backdrops from Grosh, 'Cottage' dinnerware from Homer Laughlin, and chalkboard tables from Town and Country
Happy Ending: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's 'Storybook' Gala Nets Big Revenue

With only a shoestring budget, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's in-house event team netted $757,000—nearly 50 percent above goal—by deft management of funds and event space. The 550 dinner guests dined in six different rooms in Heinz Hall, each themed to a classic fairy tale. The Special Events Advisory Board loved this happy ending, honoring the event with a 2015 Gala Award.

Zena Phillips
Special Events Business News for May 14, 2015 

Zena Phillips has been named director of catering and events for the Conrad New York Hotel

Great White North: E=MC2 Takes Guests on a Party Tour of British Columbia

For BC/Vancouver Night—a tourism promotion event—E=MC2 took 1,700 guests on an elaborate cross-province, adrenaline-driven adventure of a lifetime. Highlights included a 150-foot aerial line of athletes sailing overhead, mountain bikers performing on 100-foot ramps and ladders, a mix of British Columbia neighborhoods with themed food stations, wine stomping, Bollywood dancing, and a 9-foot-tall animatronic grizzly bear foraging and dancing with guests.

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You're Not Alone: A Wedding Planner Shares 10 Ways Clients Drive Us Nuts
A wedding planner lists the 10 top ways clients drive her crazy.
Designs of Distinction Zorb Balls
Zorb Balls Offered by Designs of Distinction, Gerbs from Flutter Fetti, Timesheet Mobile Employee Management System
In time for outdoor events, Designs of Distinction offers its Zorb Balls—10-foot-diamter balls that guests can climb into, then roll themselves round in designated areas in a race against opponents.
Something About Alice: Hello Florida Creates an Alice in Wonderland Event for Marriott Masters

The team from Hello Florida helps Marriott stage an unforgettable Association Masters Conference by creating a one-of-a-kind Alice in Wonderland party. The 500 guests were impressed, as were the Special Events Advisory Board--the event won a Gala Award in January!

Chris Cavanaugh of FreemanXP
Special Events Business News for May 8, 2015 
Special events news this week includes a new role for FreemanXP's Chris Cavanaugh and promotions at Exhilarate Events.
Silver Celebration: Decor and More Turns 25 in Style
 Decor and More--the Toronto-based decor company and multiple Special Events Gala Award winner--celebrates its 25th anniversary with a bash for clients, partners and staff.
New 3D Tiles from Dazian, MosquitNo Repellant Wristbands, Event Planner's Handbook
New 3D Tiles from Dazian, MosquitNo Repellant Wristbands, Event Planner's Handbook
Spring Fling: Spring is the Theme at the 60th Annual Corcoran Ball

Occasions Caterers cooks up a spring-fresh menu for the 60th Corcoran Ball, benefiting Washington's venerable Corcoran Gallery of Art.

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