Written by: Callie Ogden | Event Vines
The Austin chapter’s 2017 ILEA Gala, hosted at the AT&T Conference Center, was a perfect example of why we have been awarded SOE “Best Chapter” 3 years in a row! This community is made up of more than just a handful of business associates – it’s a support group for the growth of the industry and for the individuals within it. The educational events, monthly networking happy hours, and annual awards ceremonies all serve as a conduit of ILEA’s purpose: to provide resources that support the thriving events industry and promote creativity and collaboration,
Circus Obscura was the theme of this year’s gala and it was thoughtfully produced by David Patrick Reed and Jordan Adams of Big Time Creatives. Every detail was truly spectacular! Check out the list of amazing sponsors below:
Altared Weddings and Events | AT&T Conference Center | Austin Oddities | A/V Technical Support | Big Dog Pyro | Big Time Creatives | Brass Tacks Events | The Cake Plate | The Cupcake Bar | DJ Gatsby | Epic Event Design | FUNauctions | Greater Giving | ILIOS Lighting | Jerry Hayes Photography | Kennedy Creative | Kitsch Event Styling | LOOT Vintage Rentals | Lucas Entertainment | Mia the Event Diva | Marquee Event Group | McClendon Photography | Pinkberry Austin | Premiere Events | Rachael Hall Photography | Stacey Hoyt Events | Strong Events | SUM Photo Booth | Terra Vista Strings | ZuZu’s Petals
The event kicked off in style – with a dazzling cloud of glitter confetti and a farewell speech from (now) immediate Past President Leslie LaSorsa, CSEP! Damon Holditch, CSEP CERP of Marquee made a touching toast to honor the life of Becky Holditch, who recently passed away and was a long-time supporter of the Austin chapter. Our new 2017-2018 board members were sworn into their leadership positions – see their names and roles listed below:
Chapter President: Johnell Huebner | President Elect: Jessica Dickman, CSEP | Immediate Past President: Leslie LaSorsa, CSEP | VP Membership: Sara Champagne | VP Communications: Jeff Hudson | VP Programs & Education: Lily Alpern | Director – Secretary & Historian: Jenn Guthrie | Director – Programs & Education: Lauren Chumbley | Director – Programs & Education: Kimberly Carrillo | Director – Membership: Christy Patton | Director – Membership: Sara Abrams | Director – Communications: Justin Klinkerman | Director – Communications: Callie Ogden
The evening’s award ceremony was emceed by Kevin Molesworth of Brass Tacks Events, who dressed as a circus ringleader, and guests were entertained by performers from Austin Oddities. There were several impressive hula hooping performances, including a dog-faced man who wheeled around the room spinning in a giant human-sized hoop. McLendon Photography introduced a new tintype portrait booth that was popular among the crowd. SUM XP offered a unique videography experience by creating short clips with an old-time circus feel. Desserts and candies were distributed to the smiling guests as they departed.
The total amount raised through live auction and raffle was $20,000 – which goes towards scholarships and education for our members. Thank you to the raffle donors and the contributors!
Rising Star – Jeff Hudson | Spirit of ILEA – Lindsey Hollingsworth | Hall of Fame 2017 – Skeeter Miller | Best Overall Event: April Monthly Meeting – Be a Flamingo in a flock of Pigeons | Planner & Design: Caplan Miller Event | Floral: David Kurio Designs | Photography & Printing: Jerry Hayes | Catering: Kurant Events | Lighting and Audio: FILO Productions | DJ: DJ Gatsby | Dessert – Ice Cream: The Science Cream | Dessert – Banana: Bananarchy | Graphic Design: Meldeen | Photo Booth: MYEVENTISTHEBOMB | Rentals (lounge on stage and white dining chair): Birch & Brass Vintage | Rental (Linens): Over the Top Rental Linens | Rental (lounge, cabanas, bars, stage): Townsley Design | Rental (tables, chairs, table top, catering equip): Marquee Event Group | Specialty Decor: Balloon Centerpieces: Nate the Great | Specialty Cocktail & Bar Service: Sourced Craft Cocktail | Specialty Entertainment: A-max Austin Entertainment | Best Planner – Caplan Miller Events | Best Designer – Tracy Collins Events | Best Venue – Camp Lucy, Sacred Oaks | Best Happy Hour: The Blanton Museum of Art | Best Caterer – Crave Catering | Best Dessert – Cakes ROCK | Best Entertainment – DJ Gatsby | Best Floral – The Bloom Bar | Best Graphic Design – The Inviting Pear | Best Rentals – Premiere Events | Best Photo/Video – Lisa Hause Photography | Best Specialty Entertainment – Austin Oddities | Best Specialty Decor – Nate the Great | Best Support Services – Transportation Consultants | Best AV/Lighting – AV Technical Support
If this event is an indication of what we can expect for the year ahead — it’s going to be FABULOUS! Follow our community journey on Instagram and ‘like’ our Facebook page to stay updated on ILEA Austin happenings. Considering becoming an ILEA member? — learn more and apply HERE.
* Photos below by Jerry Hayes Photography