Family Reach

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

Family Reach is a financial lifeline for families fighting cancer.

Throughout the holiday season, we host festive parties, enjoy our friends, family and loved ones and give back to our communities through donations and service.

Looking back on an incredible year, we take pride in the opportunities we have been given to work with non-profits such as Family Reach; making a difference in the live’s of people everyday.

To facilitate a recent Family Reach meeting, our team transformed a photography studio in Allston into the perfect meeting space to elevate the two-part meeting which included panel discussion and breakout sessions.

The panel discussion took place on a stage flanked by two television monitors. Their Family Reach logo was projected behind the speakers. Decor was kept simple – white walls, linens and lighting, complemented by a black stage and stage edging.

Breakout spaces utilized black and white decor as well. Silver gunmetal stools and silver easels with sleek white furniture and black linens ensured the decor was a backdrop while emulating a professional atmosphere.

Large retractable signs with quotes and the faces of some of the children supported by Family Reach reminded attendees of the importance of their purpose. This imagery of the children remained the design focal point – as do the children and families remain the focus of Family Reach.

Our team at Corinthian Events handled logistics and decor for the meeting, ensuring the Family Reach team could focus on creating content and bringing together influential people to give guidance and make connections in order for their mission to reach new heights!

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Lending your Land

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Duck Puddle Farms has been home to the biannual Lovelane Hoedown, an outdoor fundraising festival for Lovelane Special Needs Riding Program, for 3 of the 7 total festivals.

The owners of Duck Puddle Farms are Wil and Priscilla Catlin. Wil grew up at the farm – tucked away on a quiet road in Wayland, MA, only 16 miles from Boston proper. He has lived there the ‘better part’ of 49 years! Wil and Priscilla were first connected to the Lovelane organization through friends, so when their biennial hoedown event needed a new location, the Catlin’s graciously volunteered to host.

The commitment the Catlin’s show goes much further than sharing their land. They are passionate supporters of Lovelane. They personally emailed 458 of their ‘closest’ friends to invite them to the hoedown and picked up the phone to call many more! Wil even spent months posting information on the Duck Puddle Farms Facebook page, as well as his own, to share details and progress along the way – generating more buzz and lots of last minute tickets!

Hosting the Lovelane Hoedown requires trust from the Catlin’s for all those involved to treat their property like their own and to return it to the pristine state it started/was found in. It is no small feat to host an event of this size, on private property. During 12 days of production, a lot of trucks, equipment and people were in and out the property. Imagine living there during this! In addition to this, insurance, police details, approvals from the fire department, rental orders, vendor schedules, traffic flow, and noise control all have to be handled– a lot of boxes to check for an outdoor event for 600 guests!

When pressed for whether handing the trust over to Corinthian Events at his home was difficult Wil answered, “(I) appreciate the knowledge (Corinthian Events brings) and that I don’t have to fret.”

As a planner on someone’s personal property, our goal is to ensure we are the least disruptive as possible to not only the owners but also their neighbors and surrounding community. We leave when the last truck does, but the owners have to stay! Therefore, it is imperative in the pre-planning stages to make sure everything is thought out and works for all involved.

Everything came together and made the 2016 Hoedown a blast! This year boasted the highest attendance – raising more money than ever for Lovelane.

Check out Wil and Priscilla Catlin above, with Doug Gary (in the center), lead singer of the Marshall Tucker Band, this year’s headlining band!

Interested in learning more about previous Hoedowns? Check out 2014 here!

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5 Tips on Planning a Successful Fundraiser

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Planning a Fundraising Event is a lot of work. Here are 5 tips to get you focused!

1.Pick a Theme, Concept or Color Scheme

Not only is picking a theme fun but it will help your event be cohesive. Choosing linens, florals, and signage is streamlined when you have a theme to tie it all together.

2. Pick your Venue Wisely

Choosing the right venue will add to your event (sometimes without even) adding to your bottom line. Find out what is included upfront such as lighting, tables, linens, as some venues have them in house!

3.Use Social Media

Choose a hashtag, share it and put it on signage. That way your guests can take photos of your event and share it on social media too. Its great exposure for your organization and provides additional promotion even after the event is over.

4. Use Proper Signage

Are you having a silent auction? Make sure your guests know! Also, provided signage for bathrooms, bar, and any other important details will positively impact your guests experience and your success!

5. Plan, Plan, Plan!

Don’t underestimate the importance of planning! As soon as you begin planning your event, create a work back schedule of what needs to happen and by when. Scrambling at the last minute is no fun at all!

At Corinthian Events we are experts in planning and executing events.

Looking for help from a professional? Call Corinthian Events today!

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The Budget Savvy Fundraiser

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

It’s the perpetual challenge for a non-profit.  How to produce a wow-filled, heart-string-pulling, ever-memorable event that engages your constituents and keeps them (generously) coming back year after year.  What’s the catch?  Let’s achieve all those things on a miniature budget, giving maximum profits to the organization and their mission.  A few of our clients have totally mastered the art of the authentic, budget-savvy fundraiser.  And you’d have no idea, right?!

The end of April is always filled with fun events for great causes.  Two of our favorites take place back to back Friday and Saturday the last weekend of the month.

UrbanImprov’s Banned in Boston celebrated their 20th year with a mega birthday party at the Lansdowne Pub and adjacent House of Blues.  Birthday decor, paper hats, jelly beans, passed mini cupcakes from Sweet and an unforgettable balloon drop made for a true celebration.  Food stations featured many favorite Boston restaurants and a mapcap musical revue was performed by the city’s luminaries – the likes of Mayor Menino, Deval Patrick, Martha Coakley, Tom Hamilton of Aerosmith, Heather Unruh, Patrick Lyons, Ron Druker, Lisa Pierpont, and Elizabeth Warren.

One day later, The Asperger’s Association of New England had guests giggling all night long at their annual Laugh Out Loud Gala at the Boston Marriott Newton.  Starting with a robust silent auction and an exclusive Alex & Ani raffle, guests mingled and enjoyed passed hors d’eouvres, small plates and stationery items.  Upon the close of the auction and dinner, guests made their way upstairs where they found themselves seated at cabaret-style tables adorned with spring-infused tulip centerpieces donated by Winston Flowers and a pair of cake pops for dessert.  Local comedian Gary Gulman stole the show – Christmas carols will never be the same!

In both instances, we worked closely with these budget-savvy clients to give their guests bang without compromising buck.  It’s just another CE event success story!

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