October 25, 2013: Charity Runs Face Tough Times, Meet the 26-Year-Old Producing Las Vegas's Splashy New Festival, 50 Wedding Planners in 50 States

By Beth Kormanik October 25, 2013, 8:22 AM EDT

1. CHARITY RUNS FACE TOUGH TIMES: The boom in people running marathons and other road races for charities may have reached a peak, with nonprofits and race organizers reporting many slots still available and others worried they may lose money on their race. New York Times: “Today, the charity slots at in-demand races like New York have become anchors for the positive atmosphere organizers and sponsors hope to create at the event, vehicles for visibility and cause-related marketing. … While there are many repeat runners, getting repeat fund-raisers may be part of what is exhausting the model.”

2. MEET THE TWENTYSOMETHING BEHIND THE LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL FESTIVAL: Only 26 years old, event planner Ashley Goodhue is producing the inaugural Life Is Beautiful festival this weekend. Goodhue has worked for giants such as David Tutera and Colin Cowie and now is poised to pull off the music, arts, and food festival in downtown Las Vegas as part of Rehan Choudhry’s Aurelian Marketing Group. Las Vegas Weekly: “We’ve looked at all different situations and scenarios, from shopping malls to presidential inauguration planning,” she says. “What we will have done is thrown up a fence line around a city, and taken it down and have the city function again. It’s an unyielding, uncompromising situation in that we’ve promised a lot.”

3. LIST: 50 WEDDING PLANNERS FOR 50 STATES: The Daily Meal compiled a list of 50 wedding planners for the 50 states, an update on its list last year of 50 event planners nationwide.


BOSTON:  The 23rd annual Boston Wine Expo will take place at the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center February 15-16, 2014. The event will include reserve lounges, interactive seminars, and celebrity chef demos.

CHICAGO:  Facets Multimedia presents Facets Family Boo Bash at Park West on Sunday. Costume-clad guests will walk a red carpet towards a Halloween-theme viewing party of spooky films for kids. Actors from ABC’s Betrayal will judge costumes.

The Cooking Up Change competition is November 7 at Bridgeport Art Center's Skyline Loft.

“An estimated $26.1 million poured into the Chicago area economy as a result of the inaugural Electric Daisy Carnival, Chicago according to data released today in an economic impact analysis by Beacon Economics, L.L.C. The event was held over Memorial Day weekend 2013 at the Chicagoland Speedway.” Press release:

DALLAS:  Following a fire that tore through Lonesome Dove Western Bistro in Fort Worth in August , chef/owner Tim Love announced the reopening of his flagship restaurant.

LAS VEGAS:  The Morton Group, led by restaurateurs Michael and Jenna Morton, expects to debut its new venue Crush in early December at MGM Grand.

Silk Road at Vdara has been redesigned and reimagined into a 6,500-square-foot flexible meeting space.

Fremont Street Experience will host after-parties for the Life Is Beautiful Festival on Saturday and Sunday with free performances under the Viva Vision canopy from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. each night.

LOS ANGELES:  Philippe is now open under new ownership and with a new look in Beverly Hills.

A herd of life-size baby elephant sculptures are in town for “Elephant Parade: Welcome to America.” Wells Fargo Private Bank, grand patron sponsor of the international conservation campaign, is showcasing a sneak peek of seven custom designs at Nokia Plaza L.A. Live this week. Press release:

The Trevor Project will host its annual TrevorLive benefit on December 8 presented by Audi of America and Wells Fargo.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  The sixth annual Taste of Design is November 8 at the Moore Building in the design district. Lynn Martinez, co-anchor of WSVN-TV’s Deco Drive will serve as mistress of ceremonies, and entertainment will be provided by Vinizio Ludovic and DJ DannyO. The event benefits Design and Architecture Senior High.

NEW YORK:  TriBeCa staple Bubby’s is opening its second location in the meatpacking district on Monday. The American comfort food restaurant, which offers event catering, is set in an open industrial loft formerly used as a meat warehouse and retained original historic details. Original historic columns, chestnut wood paneling from a farm in upstate New York, wood tables and schoolhouse chairs line the space.

The Anti-Defamation League and Broadway: Side by Side Against Hate for 100 Years will take place November 25 at the Hudson Theater. It and will begin with a V.I.P. reception and dinner followed by the award presentation and Broadway showcase.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

TORONTO:  The 20th annual Venetian Ball is Saturday with a “Carnivale” theme.

Porridge for Parkinson's Breakfast will take place at Vaughn Estate November 3. The event will offer bites from Stircrazy Catering, Jamie Kennedy Kitchens, and other Toronto chefs and eateries.

Air Canada's enRoute magazine has released its Top 10 list of Canada's Best New Restaurants. Included from Toronto: Bar Isabel, Shoto, and Electric Mud.

WASHINGTON:  Political daughter and TV talk show newbie Meghan McCain presented an award to her network, Participant Media, at the Freedom House annual award dinner Wednesday at the Newseum in front of 200 guests. Washington Post:

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With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, and Beth Kormanik, Lauren Matthews, and Anna Sekula in New York.

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