• By Display Group and Fairway Productions team up to form AVL Creative

     
    POSTED May 9, 2018
     

Formed by President of Detroit’s Display Group Rick Portwood and Owner of Fairway Productions of St. Clair Shores Michael McConnell, Audio Visual Lighting (AVL) Creative is a joint venture designed to fill a void in the meeting industry for all-inclusive event support.

Fairway Productions will be closing and all the staff will be a part of the new AVL Creative team, housed with Display Group in Detroit’s historic Packard Building #22. In addition, Display Group will continue as an event and display company, but will be offering the services of AVL Creative to their clients who are looking for audio, video, and lighting support as part of their meeting mix.

“Display Group has relied on Fairway Productions to executive all of our client’s audio, video, and lighting needs for many years,” said Portwood. “Forming AVL Creative allows us to offer a seamless event experience to our clients.”

McConell adds that “in recent years, our team has been called upon to do more complex shows and events. The marriage of our creative skills with Display Group’s vast rental inventory and custom capabilities is a very rewarding prospect for all of our clients.”

Display Group recently bought all of the wedding décor and lighting from Colonial Party and Event Rental of Troy as part of their growth plan. This key addition will help AVL’s growth moving forward.

The goal of most charity events is to generate as much money and awareness for the cause as possible. Sometimes that’s easier said than done, especially with countless galas, walks and campaigns vying for donor attention. 

So how can organizers ensure their fundraisers stand out and stay fresh year after year? What are the best ways to build relationships with donors and maximize their contributions? Fundraising experts from six Michigan nonprofits shared what works for them.

Designate an honorary chair (or two) to headline your event.

 

As of August 2019, Detroit’s renowned convention center is officially renamed the TCF Center

The change came in the form of an unprecedented 22-year naming rights deal that will set the venue for financial success in the future, as well as a move toward becoming a self-sustaining facility by 2024.  

 
In July, Chris Heeter, The Wild Institute and thousands of fans had to say goodbye to beloved speaker dog Tuu Weh.

With her fists closed tightly, Chris Heeter let her hands drop lightly to her sides, opening her palms widely and wildly. And with that small, simple motion, Heeter was unknowingly opening not just her hands, but her heart to a presence that would change her life as well as thousands of others.