Event Profiles


More Coverage from ASAE 2015 Annual Meeting and Expo

We’ll be absorbing the lessons from the ASAE 2015 Annual Meeting and Expo for months. We recently interviewed Renee Lewis, CMP, executive director of the event’s Detroit Local Organizing Committee, for a story for our upcoming issue. During that interview, she shared insights and interesting facts from the event.

The committee’s goal was to attract 2,500 association executives to the event; more than 2,800 attended. It will likely take three to five years to see the impact from those numbers, as those executives in turn book their own events in metro Detroit.

Register Now for PAMPI Event

A stellar PAMPI event is just around the corner.

Taking place Aug. 19 at the Franklin Institute the “The Art of Connecting People” is free for PAMPI members and is sure to be an enlightening opportunity.

Jessica L. Levin, MBA, CMP, CAE, president and chief connector, Seven Degrees Communications, LLC., will discuss ways in which to get people excited with volunteering and membership organization and how to maintain that enthusiasm.

Bear Hug's Annual Dinner Gave Guests the Camp Experience

Event those of us who never attended summer camp can imagine what it entails: spooky stories by the campfire, nights under the stars and lots of yummy, not-so-healthy food.

Sending special needs and at-risk Michigan kids to camp is the mission of the Bear Hug Foundation, and its annual fundraiser, held at the Great Lakes Culinary Center in Southfield on March 14, incorporated several touches to evoke the summertime experience.

KIDSgala Gives Children the Party They Deserve

INDUSTRY MEMBERS who want to give back while doing what they do best should consider KIDSgala. The foundation, founded by David McKnight, celebrates kids who face major obstacles, such as illness. It got its start after McKnight reconnected with an old friend, Shelly Burton, at a high school reunion.

L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade 2014: Chefs Unite to Fight Childhood Cancer

Food festivals have become as common as movie openings in Los Angeles, with one or more just about every weekend. But L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade, which took place a couple of weeks ago on a grassy plaza on the UCLA campus, stands apart from the rest - in both the top toques it attracts and the cause it supports. The event benefits Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, a nonprofit that funds research into childhood cancer.

The Garagiste Festival: Urban Exposure

Summertime is wine tasting event season in California. Every weekend brings at least one major, long-standing event to cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego with entire weekends like San Luis Obispo’s Roll Out the Barrels (2014 was the 24th edition) ongoing in wine country. How does a new wine event stand out and attract participants in this crowded schedule? The organizers of the Garagiste Wine Festivals came up with a winning formula in 2011.

Cheers to the Philly Beer Festival

Sure, Boston likes to claim its independent roots, but nothing screams American independence quite like Philadelphia. And while we are on the subject of all things American, few things seem more red-blooded, good old US of A than a cold beer. That’s why Visit Philly is serving up one of the best festivals this summer - the "Summer of the Beer Garden." This 12-week festival features pop-up happy hours on Fridays in six distinct settings.

What a Night!

The Ninth Annual Readers’ Choice Awards Party was a great success, thanks to all of you who joined us at the Gem Theatre on Thursday and who supported the event.

We had a perfect Michigan spring evening to roll out the red carpet. Guests enjoyed a delicious dinner provided by the Gem Theatre while trying a wine tasting by three Michigan wineries. The hands-down hit of the reception, though, was the entertainment by Empty Canvas. The McGrath brothers played music while patrons painted a single picture, one stroke at a time, under their instruction.


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