SOARING OVER CATALINA
Guests arrived looking "fly" in black tie attire in honor of the event’s theme, which celebrated an innovative public-private partnership with the Department of Defense to repair the runway at Catalina Island Conservancy’s Airport in the Sky.
Paper airplane inspired decor and a living "runway" were paired with moving gobo projections of airplanes that soared across the Casino’s ceiling throughout the evening. A delicious meal ended with dessert presented on a runway-styled plate with a handmade dark chocolate plane. An all-time record event net of more than $510,000 was raised for Conservancy conservation, education and recreation programs.
View time lapse of set-up here.
RUNWAY REPAIR PROJECT
A series of events were developed to support activities around the runway repair project at the Airport in the Sky, including a media and board preview day, followed by a distinguished visitor day in partnership with Department of Defense, to celebrate the mid-way point project. Guests from the Pentagon, joined government and military officials, and local stakeholders for a project update and discussion about future partnership opportunities in the historic airplane hangar at the mountain-top site. A final gathering followed to celebrate "Mission Complete," which was highlighted by a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a fly-over of historic planes escorting P.K. Wrigley's original DC-3 as it made the first landing on the newly repaired runway.
View B-roll of ribbon cutting here.
YOUR ADVENTURE BEGINS HERE
Kicking off the countdown to a new building is always an adventure. This gala started the build-up to the grand opening of the organization’s new visitor center – a hub for its adventuring activities and the culmination of the first phase its first-ever capital campaign. It also provided opportunities to highlight the activities that would spur from this new building – hiking, biking, camping and four-wheel drive eco tours across the 42,000 acres of wild lands the organization stewards, while netting over $437,000 towards annual conservation, education and recreation programs.
CATALINA: THE WILD SIDE
The art show specifically highlights Catalina’s “wild side,” over 42,000 acres of land stewarded by the Catalina Island Conservancy and offers a unique opportunity to educate the Island’s visitors and document the habitat restoration work of the organization through art. The day of the show, early morning set-up began at the Newport Harbor Yacht Club, utilizing a panel system and custom lighting to create individual booths for the artists. Now entering its ninth year, the event has become the organization's second largest annual fundraising event, with a total gross of over $1.5 million.
As the organization celebrated its 45th anniversary, it also embarked on a journey with a new CEO at the helm. Taking Flight served as a way to show that transition and represent the organization’s strong foundation as it sets its eyes on an exciting future, while recognizing the Island’s avian wildlife managed by the organization. The historic ballroom set the stage with a dramatic black and white affair with a black tie, “feathers optional” dress code. The annual event grossed over $672,000 and welcomed 541 guests from across the country.
IMAGINE CATALINA – not only a strategic vision for the future of the island, but the official launch of the public phase of the organization’s first ever capital campaign. The annual event also served as the formal celebration and recognition of the outgoing President and CEO’s 13 years of service to the organization. The historic ballroom was filled with glittering sapphire tones, highlighted by teal and silver and integrated the four cornerstone goals of the IMAGINE CATALINA campaign into the decor. The event grossed over $685,000 – setting a new record for the organization – and welcomed 477 guests from across the country.
The 20th Annual Catalina Island Conservancy Ball was celebrated in glamorous 1920s-style, while incorporating the gemstone for the event's 20th anniversary into the theme. Glittering emerald and plum colors covered the historic ballroom, as guests from across the country gathered for the spectacular event. With over 450 guests in attendance, the event netted over $440,000 - pushing the organization over the $5 million mark with total net proceeds raised over the event's 20-year history. As producer of the event, Jen oversaw all event elements, production, design and management, and worked closely with the organization to track revenue and expenses, and secure key partnership opportunities.