1. ELECTRONIC MUSIC FESTIVAL CANCELLED FOLLOWING DEATHS: The final day of the Electric Zoo festival in New York City was cancelled following the death of two music fans, likely from drug-related causes. New York Times: “Electric Zoo’s organizers, the promoter Made Event, paid the Randalls Island Park Alliance, the nonprofit group that maintains the publicly owned island, a site fee of $600,000. The organizers provided private security, including 550 licensed security guards, said Stefan Friedman, a spokesman for the organizers. The guards could observe the crowd from raised platforms using binoculars and night vision equipment, he said, adding that all concertgoers were required to pass five checkpoints and submit to a pat-down and a bag search before arriving. But some attendees said they had been asked only to open their bags or were not checked at all.” http://nyti.ms/138q9iv
2. LEARN THE BASICS OF CAUSE MARKETING: Companies that want to host events with nonprofit organizations—so-called cause marketing—should consider their target audience and vision before launching the campaign. Business Journals: “When you do conceive and launch your event, make it useful and exciting so the community and your sponsors are happy to be associated with it. Provide as much exposure to your sponsors and community partners as possible. A truly successful event is a win-win for your company, partners and the community, benefiting all involved.” http://bit.ly/1755bSn
3. FIRM HELPS GLOBAL TRAVELERS ESCAPE HOT SPOTS: Travelers attending business meetings or events in global hot spots—or those that find themselves in an emergency locally—can get help from a Navy SEAL-led company created after the terrorist attacks of September 11. Boston Globe: “At a time when companies are sending employees to every corner of the globe and adventure travelers are seeking thrills in droves, Global Rescue’s evacuation and medical assistance services are in great demand. The prevalence of natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and civil uprisings also means travelers are more likely to find themselves in crisis.” http://b.globe.com/19ex4rs
4. BURNING MAN GOES DIGITAL: The desert festival Burning Man used to provide an oasis from technology, but that's changed as more people are posting their experiences to social media. New Your magazine: “Now that the festival has become a glorified corporate retreat, though—with tech C.E.O.s pulling up in luxury RVs and float-building outsourced to TaskRabbits—it's entered the social-media age. Now, with hundreds of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram updates being posted every day from the playa, you can watch people brag about their Burning Man sojourns in real time.” http://nym.ag/15AbZUm
* LOCAL NEWS *
BOSTON: The Ritmos de Salud event to benefit Joslin's Latino Diabetes Initiative on September 26 will feature Latin-inspired decor from AE Events. The Artists for Humanity Epicenter will be filled with hues of yellow, orange, and red, and tables will be topped with faux burlap and bright flowers in repurposed hot sauce, pepper, bean, and tomato food cans.
The Life Is Good festival is September 21-22 in Canton. Headliners include Jack Johnson, Yo Gabba Gabba, and Daryl Hall & John Oates.
CHICAGO: The Chicago Innovation Awards nominee reception will take place at Park West on September 9; Park West will also host Giordano Dance Chicago's “Dancing With the Giordano Stars” gala on September 26.
Ulta Beauty on State Street and TIGI will host an in-store appearance from Icona Pop on September 12. The first 200 guests who make a minimum $10 purchase of a TIGI product will receive an autographed poster of the Swedish pop duo and a gift bag; guests can also snap photos with the singers.
The Gold Coast Fashion Award Show is September 27 at the Hilton Chicago. Hosted by the service board of Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital, the event will showcase designs from Wes Gordon, Marc Jacobs, and other designers.
Women's Health magazine's Run10 Feed10 race will take place in Lincoln Park October 6. Feed founder Lauren Bush Lauren will run the 10K with participants, and the event will also include a yoga session, beauty consultations, and giveaways. The $50 registration fee will benefit a local Chicago food bank.
LAS VEGAS: The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority has completed $20 million in improvements to the Las Vegas Convention Center. Press release: http://bit.ly/15QvKqw
LOS ANGELES: Los Angeles Times: “On Sept. 20 and 21, Julien's Auctions will sell more than 600 items from the [Bob and Dolores] Hopes' two homes, a collection including antiques, memorabilia and personal property from his show business career and their political and philanthropic work and golf avocations. Beginning Sept. 9, Julien's will host a public exhibition of the items, re-creating some rooms of the Hope residences in the company's Beverly Hills gallery.” http://lat.ms/1dKIIjJ
Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/losangeles
MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: The inaugural Southernmost Marathon & Half Marathon is October 12 in Key West. The start and finish lines for both are at Pat Croce's Rum Barrel, the event's presenting sponsor.
NEW YORK: New York Post: “Stormy skies couldn’t dampen spirits at yesterday’s West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn. Thousands of revelers packed Eastern Parkway, turning it into a kaleidoscope of floats and feathered costumes from around the Caribbean.” http://bit.ly/1fwdDvE
Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/newyork
ORLANDO: The Plantation on Crystal River has joined Choice Hotels International as a member of the Ascend Hotel Collection
TORONTO: Rock-It Promotions will once again host Tastemakers Lounge at TIFF. Located at the InterContinental Toronto Centre, the lounge has a “Need It Now” theme and will offer gifts from Cake Beauty, Seventh Generation, Penguin Canada, and more.
More TIFF news: Nikki Beach Worldwide will host a pop-up location on the rooftop patio of the Spoke Club September 8. Andrew Richard Designs will decorate the space, which will offer specialty cocktails and hairstyling.
Yellow House Events is managing MLSE Foundation's Charity Golf Tournament for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Scheduled for today at the Rattlesnake Point Golf Club, the event will feature activations from BlackBerry and Under Armour; there will also be “breakaway bites” from Smokes Poutine and Hero Burger.
WASHINGTON: ABC News: “Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg presided at a same-sex wedding Saturday evening at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The wedding was between Kennedy Center president Michael Kaiser, who is a longtime friend of hers, and John Roberts, a government economist.” http://abcn.ws/14fLKsc
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