June 16, 2014: Why Charity Golf Events Remain Popular, Washington’s Favorite Fund-Raising Venues, Cities Compete for George Lucas Museum

1. WHY CHARITY GOLF EVENTS REMAIN POPULAR: More groups now host charity golf tournaments as a reliable way to raise money—in 2011 there were about 143,000 events that raised $3.9 billion—and educate players on the cause they are supporting. The New York Times: “Yet these tournaments are not simple to organize. And it can be easy for nonprofits to be blinded by the sums raised at the high end of charity golf, which can top $1 million per tournament. The usual reality is less. The National Golf Foundation report found that the average amount per tournament was $26,300—not chump change but not a great return on investment either.” http://nyti.ms/1lrWprf

2. WASHINGTON’S FAVORITE FUND-RAISING VENUES: One often-repeated fact from the losing campaign of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is that he spent more money at steak houses than his opponent did on his entire campaign. Washington offers no shortage of restaurants and bars suited for political fund-raisers and meetings, and Politico rounded up 10 of most popular venues. “While expensive, it’s not seen as a waste of cash: Those fundraisers are crucial investments in party building and donor maintenance that bring in far more cash.” http://politi.co/1omZRpp

3. CITIES COMPETE FOR GEORGE LUCAS MUSEUM: Los Angeles has joined the list of cities trying to attract a museum planned by Star Wars director George Lucas, and proposed demolishing the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena to make room for it. Los Angeles Times: “So far, Lucas has considered San Francisco and Chicago as possible locations for the museum, which is expected to have a price tag in the hundreds of millions of dollars. The museum will feature art from his personal collection—including works by Norman Rockwell, N.C. Wyeth and Maxwell Parrish—as well as exhibitions on the motion picture industry and digital media.” http://lat.ms/1xVqqnu


The 13th annual Big Apple Awards were June 9 at the New-York Historical Society. ISES New York Metro Chapter. Its Hall of Legends inductees were Maureen Ryan-Fable, C.O.O. and president of First Protocol, and Van Allen Rice, founder and president of Bestek Lighting & Staging. Service excellence award recipients were Caryn Oberstein of Wizard Studios, Declan Cox of Fresco by Scotto, and Vinnie Salvetti of Drape Kings. Individual category winners were: Avenue 5 Films for best photography or videography; On the Move Entertainment for best social event or wedding; Go West Creative Group for best entertainment; Big Wave for best technical support; Sequence for best new product; Drury Design Dynamics for best use of graphic design; Neuman's Kitchen for best catered event; Fourth Wall Events for best room design/event decor/set design with a budget of $50,000 or less; Big Wave Event Porductions for best room design/event decor/set design with a budget of more than $50,000; Fourth Wall Events for best use of social media; Sequence for best nonprofit event; and Empire Force Events for best corporate or association event.


BOSTON:  103.3 AMP Radio hosted its free Birthday Bash at Gillette Stadium Sunday, with performances from Iggy Azalea, Austin Mahone, and MKTO.

CHICAGO:  NASA’s mobile exhibit, a multimedia experience that teaches visitors about the Space Station Program, will be an attraction at TechWeek Chicago. The event will take place at the Merchandise Mart June 23-29.

LAS VEGAS:  The Vans Warped Tour plays at a new venue, the UNLV Intramural Fields, on Thursday. The all-day music fest features multiple stages with almost 90 bands across different genres.

LOS ANGELES:  Comedian Kathy Griffin will host this year’s Daytime Emmy awards, which will air live Sunday on HLN and also be live-streamed.

Gina Sorial Hana has left Rogers & Cowan to become director of communications at Dick Clark Productions.

Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/losangeles

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  South Florida Business Expo 2014 is Wednesday at the the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.

Crane's BeachHouse Hotel is kicking off its Third-Thursday Fun-Raiser series Thursday at its Tiki Bar. The evening event benefits Florida Fishing Academy.

NEW YORK:  Happy Hearts Fund will pay tribute to the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami at an event Thursday at at Cipriani 42nd Street. Former President Bill Clinton will be given a lifetime achievement award, and Apldeap of the Black Eyed Peas and Sheryl Crow are scheduled to perform. Chopard is the title sponsor.

Groups may now book the court at Madison Square Garden for events. The floor is available for as many as 50 guests, which includes players and spectators, and the venue will provide balls, water, and locker room access, as well as the ability to play pre-approved music.

Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/newyork

ORLANDO:  The world's tallest roller coaster is scheduled to open in 2016 on International Drive. Orlando Sentinel: http://bit.ly/1kEscE7

TORONTO:  The Shoe will perform Tuesday at Thompson Toronto. The performance will kick off the music group’s four-city tour, and the evening will include a public performance in the Lobby Bar and a private performance on the Rooftop Lounge. 

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  Cross MacKenzie Gallery has moved from Dupont Circle to Georgetown. The venue is available for event rental and holds 70 for receptions or seats 30 guests.

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