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Building Relationships and Reinventing Your Event: Featuring AICP

Building Relationships and Reinventing Your Event: Featuring AICP

Establishing and maintaining lasting connections is one of our core values here at HELEN MILLS - continue reading to hear about our featured client, AICP, and how they continue to reinvent their event with us every year!

Event Spotlight: N.Y.C. Black Pride

N.Y.C. Black Pride

N.Y.C. Black Pride

We are excited to host NYC Black Pride's upcoming SONGS FOR MARSHA TOO: A MUSICAL CELEBRATION at HELEN MILLS Event Space & Theater on Tuesday, August 14th, 2018.

Read our exclusive Q&A with NYC Black Pride's director, Lee Soulja, below and mark your calendars so you can come show your support!

 

What is NYC Black Pride?

NYC Black Pride is a five day festival of multicultural events targeting LGBT people of color. These events are executed in collaboration with other community based organization such as Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) and Gay Men of African Decent (GMAD).

 

What prompted the creation of Black Pride in NYC?

The rise of Black Pride in NYC and other major cities around the country began in the late 1990s. It served primarily as a way to give voice to and culturally celebrate Gay Pride. In NYC, Black Pride resonates deeper than any other city across the country because the overall movement of Prides and Stonewall originated here. It was LGBT people of color that were at the forefront of that movement. In particular Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera and Storme Delarverie were the key figures. That true history has literally been whitewashed and/or forgotten. So the need for Black Pride became increasingly more important. On June 28, 1997, the first Black Pride event took place in NYC. 

 

Who are you in the community? 

Under the direction of Lee Soulja, NYC Black Pride is no longer solely just a once a year celebratory event. It has over the last decade grown to become a voice of visibility and a source of support for the LGBT community of color all year round.

 

 Why is it so important?

Black Pride is so vitally important because we are the only ones acknowledging, celebrating and historically archiving the contributions of LGBT people of color. In order to breakdown stigma and end discrimination against the LGBT community, we have got to tell and document those stories of our major contributions to the world. 

 

 What are you most proud of accomplishing so far?

NYC Black Pride was not the first Black Pride in the country, BUT we are surely the ones leading the change of the movement for the next generation. We have changed the narrative that Prides are nothing more than a bunch of parties. I am proud to say that we are advocating for the needs of the community to the Local and State government.  

NYC Black Pride was not the first Black Pride in the country, BUT we are surely the ones leading the change of the movement for the next generation.
— Lee Soulja, Director of NYC Black Pride

 What are you hoping to accomplish next?

We are working toward opening a Center for Black Pride. This would be a cultural and educational center that would house and archive LGBT people of color history. It would also be a safe space for the youth to gather, learn and empower themselves.  

 

How can we get involved and/or show our support?

If you are interested in attending one of our events or supporting the organization, please contact us through our website: http://www.nycblackpride.com or on any of our social media pages!

 

Check back here after August 14th for pictures of their event - or follow us on Instagram or Facebook!

Winter Round-Up

Welcome to 2018! After a hectic holiday season, we’ve stepped into the New Year energized for a full schedule of festivities. Below, we recap three fun events hosted in our event space and theater.

BrownGirlsLove POWER Day

Christina S. Brown Love Brown Sugar

In early January, Christina S. Brown, founder of LoveBrownSugar, cultivated a day filled with inspiring speakers, workshops, panels, makeovers, and more. Their event, produced alongside Toyota, focused on providing resources for millennial women's success in today's world. You can read more about the day over on their blog, as well as peruse photos from the event. Below are a few of our favorites!

All photos used with permission from LoveBrownSugar. Find them on    Facebook    or their    website   .

All photos used with permission from LoveBrownSugar. Find them on Facebook or their website.


United Airlines Olympic Campaign Kick-Off

United Airlines Olympic Campaign Kick-off decorations

In anticipation for the 2018 Winter Olympics, United transformed our event space into a wintry ski lodge that left us awestruck. From the larger-than-life depictions of Team USA athletes and United employees, to the amazing 3D photo backdrop created by Wasabi3D, the evening was a non-stop celebration. United unveiled their commercial campaign, themed "Superheros", to an excited crowd of influencers, press, and internal team members.

The amazing team of vendors responsible for this incredible evening include Momentum Worldwide, C2 Imaging, DCI, Wasabi3D, and Pinch Food Design.

United Airlines Olympic Campaign kick-off collage
All photos used with permission from United Airlines

All photos used with permission from United Airlines

Vote Run Lead

Vote Run Lead event guests

Vote Run Lead, the brilliant organization that empowers and trains women to run for public office, hosted their post-Women's March event with us on January 20th. Following the march, a group of over 200 women and men met in our event space for an afternoon filled with panels, networking, and dancing!

All photos used with permission from VoteRunLead. Check out    their website    to learn more.

All photos used with permission from VoteRunLead. Check out their website to learn more.

4 Creative Ideas for Your Company Summer Party

As the weather warms up, it's time to begin planning your company Summer parties. There are certain elements we all expect at these events; namely good food, good drinks, and a great venue. When it comes to surprising your coworkers, however, it's easy to feel stumped.

Knowing how much pressure there is to stand out from other events, the HELEN MILLS team collected some fun ideas to help you as your plan not only your Summer parties, but any throughout the year.

Let's get started!

Company Movie Night

Does your team sometimes get burnt out on high-energy, loud parties? Why not switch things up and book a private movie screening for your crew? With 140 seats, the HELEN MILLS Theater offers an intimate, comfortable, and alternative way to spend your company outing.

Movie night in the theater

With HD projection and 5.1 Cinema Surround Sound, you can offer your team a night at the movies without the exorbitant ticket prices, teens on their cellphones, and chatterbox neighbors commenting on every scene.

Set up snacks and drinks for guests to enjoy during the movie. Photo from    this    post.

Set up snacks and drinks for guests to enjoy during the movie. Photo from this post.

 

Gif and Video Booths

Who hasn't attended a party with a photo booth? Whether it be a wedding, Mitzvah, or holiday party, we all have our signature "four poses" down to a science. Yes, photo strips are cute and retro, but in the age of ever evolving technology it's important to take advantage of all the latest and greatest gadgets.

Companies like OM now offer several different types of photo and video booths, offering guests a creative outlet to show off your killer party.

 

Edible Floral Arrangements

There's no denying that flowers are a beautiful way to instantly liven up the look of your event, but at the end of the evening you experience a crisis over what to do with your left-over arrangements. It isn't always reasonable to have your guests take the centerpieces home with them, and letting hundreds of dollars of flowers get thrown away can feel like a knife to the heart. If this sounds at all familiar, you should check out companies like Baked Bouquet, a "Bakery Florist" that offers sweet treats in the form of floral arrangements. 

Baked Bouquet creates stunning creations that will have you guests asking, "These are cupcakes?!

 

Floral arrangements
 

LED Furniture

You've spent time and effort on creating the perfect setup for your party, so why let your tables fade into the background? Our friends at Cerf carry a large selection of LED tables and more to help you create a vibrant affair. 

L.E.D. furniture lighting

Planning an Event? Contact Us to learn more about events at HELEN MILLS, or check out more recent events here.

Rock your Voice, Woman! Inspiring a Community to Be Heard

On Saturday, January 14th, HELEN MILLS hosted the LIVE Rock Your Voice, Woman! event.; a daylong seminar aimed at empowering women in finding their voices and transforming the world through their communities, businesses, and personal lives. 

Rock Your Voice, Woman! utilized both the theater and event space to bring their message to life. The intimacy and versatility of the venue lent itself to the various aspects of the day’s agenda, and the program featured an impressive lineup of keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and vendor booths.  Through this event, attendees engaged and connected with some of the biggest voices in women’s thought leadership. 

The immersive experience guided guests in mapping out a path towards their own aspirations.  By the end of the day, the voice of the female community was quite a bit louder!

The HELEN MILLS Event Space ready for arrivals! The hot pink wall wash and floral centerpieces set the tone.

The HELEN MILLS Event Space ready for arrivals! The hot pink wall wash and floral centerpieces set the tone.

Vendor booths provide literature and products to spark inspiration.

Vendor booths provide literature and products to spark inspiration.

CEO & Founder of  Rock It Out Woman , Christine Miskinis, takes the stage for a powerful presentation.

CEO & Founder of Rock It Out Woman, Christine Miskinis, takes the stage for a powerful presentation.

Guests participate in a Q&A session in the HELEN MILLS Theater.

Guests participate in a Q&A session in the HELEN MILLS Theater.

After lunch, the event space transforms into three breakout sessions. Coaches capture the guests’ attention through engaging activities.

After lunch, the event space transforms into three breakout sessions. Coaches capture the guests’ attention through engaging activities.

To the beats of DJ Bumi, women join hands and connect in celebration of their community.

To the beats of DJ Bumi, women join hands and connect in celebration of their community.

Planning an Event?    Contact Us     to learn more about events at HELEN MILLS, or check out more recent events   here   .      Partners of the  Rock Your Voice, Woman!  event include:   Christine Miskinis, Founder Rock Your Voice Woman at  RockItOutWoman.com   Vanessa Canas, Event Management at  VanessaCanas.com   Monika Broz, Photographer at  MonikaBroz.com   Bastille Flowers & Events at  Bastille.com   Chef Angela Lowe at  ChefAngelaLowe.com   Video & Social Media Publicity: Brooke & Jason Rash at  TheSocialCircleMembers.com

Planning an Event? Contact Us to learn more about events at HELEN MILLS, or check out more recent events here.

Partners of the Rock Your Voice, Woman! event include:

Christine Miskinis, Founder Rock Your Voice Woman at RockItOutWoman.com

Vanessa Canas, Event Management at VanessaCanas.com

Monika Broz, Photographer at MonikaBroz.com

Bastille Flowers & Events at Bastille.com

Chef Angela Lowe at ChefAngelaLowe.com

Video & Social Media Publicity: Brooke & Jason Rash at TheSocialCircleMembers.com

BizBash's Live Gathering Tools Hosts Global Demo Week at The HELEN MILLS Theater

Bizbash CEO and Founder, David Adler (l), and Jeff Banish hosted all three days of the livestreamed first Global Demo Week.

Bizbash CEO and Founder, David Adler (l), and Jeff Banish hosted all three days of the livestreamed first Global Demo Week.

For three days this week, Live Gathering Tools, Bizbash's new website, hosted their first-ever Global Demo Week at the HELEN MILLS Theater. The event was livestreamed through the Live Gathering Tools platform, a virtual trade show environment complete with a lounge, demo halls, theater with live and on-demand presentations, and more (check it out here). Bizbash CEO and Founder, David Adler, and Jeff Banish hosted with contagious, joyful enthusiasm for events and event tech. 

Topics ranged from Event Management, Event Buzzwords, Budgeting, and Mobile Engagement. Each topic was accompanied by expert presentations (available through the Live Gathering Tools platform) led by industry leaders, including: AllSeated, #TWUBS, Bonfyre, Intros, and more.

Photos from the event below! For more information on the event and to see the presentations, sign up for the Live Gathering Tools platform or simply watch the video here.

A screenshot of Live Gathering Tools' on-demand content with video, presentations, and comments from attendees.

A screenshot of Live Gathering Tools' on-demand content with video, presentations, and comments from attendees.

David Adler speaking to guests
The video mixer allowed for close-in and zoomed out shots of the hosts, creating an intimate environment for participants joining from all over the globe.

Planning an event of your own? Contact us to learn more or check-out our theater and event space pages for more information.

KC Makeup 101 Master Class at the HELEN MILLS Theater

Celebrity makeup artist, image and skin care consultant, Karuna Chani, held her Makeup 101 Master Class at the HELEN MILLS Theater. The workshop focused on educating women in the Indian and South Asian Communities to "love their beauty, enhance their beauty and reap the 'confidence' rewards." Topics included finding the right foundation for your skin tone, highlighting and contouring techniques, and creating a professional look.

Below are photos from the event, courtesy of Tara Sharma Photography.

Karuna applying makeup to the model. A close-up image is projected on the theater screen for the audience to see the fine details. Photo by Tara Sharma Photography.

Karuna applying makeup to the model. A close-up image is projected on the theater screen for the audience to see the fine details. Photo by Tara Sharma Photography.

Close-up of Karuna applying makeup to the model. Photo by Tara Sharma Photography.

Close-up of Karuna applying makeup to the model. Photo by Tara Sharma Photography.

The model poses for the audience. Photo by Tara Sharma Photography.

The model poses for the audience. Photo by Tara Sharma Photography.

Karuna led the audience through each step of the process. Photo by Tara Sharma Photography.

Karuna led the audience through each step of the process. Photo by Tara Sharma Photography.

Karuna speaks with fans after the tutorial. Photo by Tara Sharma Photography.

Karuna speaks with fans after the tutorial. Photo by Tara Sharma Photography.

Karuna Chani of KC Makeup is an internationally recognized make up artist, image and skin care consultant. For more information, tutorials, and photos, see here.

Looking to host your own event? Contact our team for more information or check-out or galleries for more photos.