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  • GET Ready for OKTOBERFEST!



    Event professionals are gathering at the Central Park Zoo to kick off the fall with an Oktoberfest event that will be fantastiche.   Enjoy a stein of bier, a Brezel and authentic live Oompah music in this iconic, only-in-New-York setting.
    Program highlights include:

      • Custom Created Catering: Known for their bespoke approach to catering, Riviera Catering will create a customized Octoberfest visual and culinary interactive experience with hanging pretzel walls plus mini beer and hors d’oeuvre tastings
      • Light Fantastic: Frost Productions will talk about how to light even the most challenging venues.
      • Tent Tips: Stamford Tent’s Steven Frost will tell you things you didn’t know (but should) about how to work at landmark venues and partner well with tent companies.
    • Save the Elephants: Hear Wildlife Conservation Society EVP John F. Calvelli talk about the 96 Elephants campaign to save African elephants. PLUS a chance to win great prizes in a raffle to benefit 96 Elephants.
    FEES Members Non Members
    On line $35 $55
    At the door $65 $85


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    A Great Opener!

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    What a great night in was! Stage 48 really rocked it out with their great space on all FOUR floors including a Rooftop with midtown views!   Great food and drink including an interactive guacamole station!

    CoCo Events got us started right up with a giant Lite Brite with our #ISESNYC Hashtag! And Q Lights and Sound for the lights!

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    Our program on Social Media brought together Elizabeth Beskin  @ElizBeskin, Anne Chertoff @AnneChertoff, Jessica Levin @JessicaLevin, and Rebecca Taylor @rwtnyc. The conversation covered Facebook and Twitter, blogging, paid ads and what the future of the digital landscape might look like.

    The Originators Bubble Stage Set Backdrop highlighted the ISES NYC brand and flattered the presenters. Thank you Debra Roth and Marc Posnock!

    On the roof activations engaged our members and guests. Eventopedia – have now arrived in NYC, and we had them here for their premier, all the way from London. Thanks Tobi Heelis and Alan Newton.

    Veritas Studio Wines  tasted wines from their specialty, small production organic and bio-dynamic wines from around the world, meet Jeremy Kaplan and Mike.

    rhonda afrAFR’s cool furniture now let’s you charge as you have a variety of table and other furniture items. Thank you AFR and Rhonda Cosaluzzo!

    Donvil and VeeKast got the word out there on all the screens! Visually interesting and well organized the social media feed and acknowledgments to the sponsors are a welcome addition to any digitally active event today!

    Symmetry has brought printing to our chapter and this was no exception.  Thank you Symmetry and Sharon Kleinberg!

    Natural Expressions gave great advice on Instagram and got people up and going.  And thank you Frank Ammaccapane and Jessica Campbell from Natural Expressions for the photography!

    MORE PHOTO’S HERE – gallery (password ises)

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    PLEASE POST and use #ISESNYC and credit @naturalexpressionsNY

    Yummy food, Great drinks and networking, combined, all these parts and pieces created a hit of a kick off!

    Get ready for OKTOBERFEST at The Central Park ZOO!

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    Don’t miss our FALL KICKOFF!


    Summer is a fading memory as the smell, look and feel of fall is in the air we prepare for our FALL KICKOFF Event! A live dialog with social media marketing experts on Monday night September 21.

    Our host Stage 48 – 605 West 48th St. at 11th Avenue in Hell’s Kitchen boasts big space, state of the art tech, great views and then there is networking, food and drink of course!

    Our experts tonight Jessica Leigh Levin, Anne Chertoff, Rebecca Taylor are guest hosted by our own Elizabeth Beskin.  This power women chat is centered around social media, marketing and communications for your business.

    Jessica Leigh Levin MBA, CMP, CAE  and her company Seven Degrees Communications is all about connecting people and embracing technology.

    For Anne Chertoff’s company Anne Chertoff Media strengths run from digital strategy, content creation and social media to pubic relations, marcom and bizdev.

    Rebecca Taylor  is a Social Media Story Teller with her own brand of social media story telling!
    #hashtag = #story … what’s yours?

    And of course our own International Special Event Society member Elizabeth Beskin of Fifth Avenue Digital is an early adopter of Social Media, well versed in blogging, and many social platforms as well as uses the digital medium and social media marketing to advance her photography business.

    You asked and we are delivering! We are here to celebrate together, fun and learing…Get ready for Giant Light Bright, Learn how to get the best PHOTO’s and Instagram them, Interactive Guacamole Station…and MORE (like a wine tasting…!!!)

    September is already off and running so make sure you get to Stage 48!

    Register HERE!


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    ISES Big Apple Awards Sponsors

    Thank you to all our great sponsors of The Big Apple Awards!

    Gold Sponsors

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    Gold Sponsors:
    Prince George Ballroom
    Fifth Avenue Digital
    FCI Catering & Events
    Originators Design
    Drape Kings
    studio mamu
    Creative Source
    Neuman’s Kitchen
    On the Move Events & Entertainment
    Elizabeth Rose Consulting
    Symmetry Prints
    Wizard Studios

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    Submit, Submit, SUBMIT!


    We have extended our deadlines! Enter your Award Winning Events to our Big Apple AWARDS! May 15 Late deadline May 22!

    The Categories are:

    1. Best Catering Solution Throw your hat in the ring if your F&B brought the crowd to its feet. We are looking for new and innovative catering solutions for all event types.

    2. Best Corporate or Association Event (Budget under $100,000) It’s one thing to create a rockin’ event, but it’s quite another to do it on a budget. Let us know if you think you did the best with less.

    3. Best Corporate or Association Event (Budget over $100,000) Did your (Corporate or Association) event rock from top to bottom, from the pre-event engagement to post-event follow up and everything in between? If the answer is a resounding ‘YES!’, tell us how you made it happen.

    4. Best Innovative Entertainment Concept Take a bow! Do you have a new and innovative entertainment concept that wowed the audience?
    5. Best New Product Have you created a new product that event professionals need to know about, or already can’t live without? A fun rental item? Cool new software? Cutting edge technology? A combination of all three or maybe something else entirely? This is a category for event professional by trade and entrepreneurs at heart.

    6. Best New Non-Profit Event (Budget under $100,000) Did you pull off a wildly successful non-profit event on a budget? Do tell us all about it!

    7. Best New Non-Profit Event (Budget over $100,000) It’s no secret that events are essential to non-profits. So if your organization (or your client’s) is alive and well thanks to a first-class event, we want details

    8. Best Event Photography (Photos of event) Anyone who says a picture is worth a thousand words has never seen your work. Yours are worth at least two thousand. If you photography is the creme de la creme, we want to see it.

    9. Best Event Videography (PSA style or sizzle reel) Tell us about your “reel” — was it Oscar worthy?

    10. Best Room Deisgn/Event Decor/Set Design (Budget under $50,000) Did you have to provide champagne quality on a beer budget? Still rocked it? Tell us how you did it.

    11. Best Room Design/Event Decor/Set Design (Budget over $50,000) Sure, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But it’s also in the eye of the event designer. Show us how your vision – and visuals- helped take an event to the next level.

    12. Best Social Event or Wedding (Budget under $100,000) Did you throw a party that looked like a million bucks, but barely had the budget to pull it off? Tell us how you did it?

    13. Best Social Event or Wedding (Budget over $100,000) Everyone loves a goodparty, and you know how to throw one. Birthdays, anniversaries, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and weddings, let us know if there was one that took the cake.

    14. Best Use/Implementation of Technical Support Were you able to effectively leverage new or creative technologies to take their experience to the next level. From touchscreen technology to customized consumer interactives, some of th most innovative technologies are coming out of the event industry. If your technical achievements were key to an event’s success, let us hear about it.

    15. Best Use of Graphic Design
    Your art may be pring or digital (or both), but if your canvas includes invitations, presentations and signage of all kins, this is the category for you.

    16. Best Innovative Promotion/PR Concept and Execution This category recognizes a PR concept, press or social media promotionthat had your audience captivated with solid messaging and off-the-hook thematics.

    17. Best Activation of a Brand (Marketing) Awarded to the best activation program that infused a brand into the hearts and minds of influencers.

    18. Best Tradeshow Exhibit or Pop-Up Did you use a custom structure to create an unforgettable experience? The company that thought outside the typical box and created a trade show exhibit or a temporary retail environment that stopped traffic; experiences that opened for a short period of time (permanent installations need not enter). Judges will analyze objective, execution, and results, as well as overall design of store, messaging, and overall experience of the environment.

    19. Best Use of Guerilla or Street Marketing Street stunts? Flash mobs? If you hit the street for a brand with some creative juice, show us your best stuff.

    20. Hot Stuff Award This is an open category. If you have done something for the event industry that you think is award worthy, but does not fit any of our categories–submit here. Does your venue rock? Did you publish something new and fresh for the industry? Are you offering innovative event education? Then you’re hot stuff, and we want to share your spice.


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