It was “An Evening in Paris” on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 as the ILEA New Jersey North Chapter held their annual Garden State Gala & Awards at Martime Parc in Jersey City. It was an evening of glitz and glam where many event professionals were honored for their talents and hard work in the event industry.
Attendees were greeted with champagne on a strolling table from VSqaured Events and enjoyed delicious food catered by Maritime Parc during cocktail hour. While mingling around the fountain provided by Fountscape, guests were serenaded by Acute Inflections. Guests were soon invited into the ballroom that was beautifully designed with florals by Adam Leffel Productions and linens from Fabulous Events.
The gala co-chairs, Donna DeFrancesco and Daniela Grafman, welcomed all guests and introduced the host of the evening, Steve Kemble who was escorted by cancan girls from VSquared Events. With Steve Kemble’s energetic personality, it was sure to be an eventful night.
The awards portion started with a bang as this year’s honoree, Alan Berg was recognized for his efforts and knowledge in the event industry. Chapter President, Marni Gold, also presented the Spirit Award, President’s Award, and Service Award to recipients: Jerry Arduino, Daniela Grafman, and Amy Vecchione respectively.
Following the awards and multiple wardrobe changes by Mr. Kemble, guests were entertained by the String Angels, danced the night away with the music provided by Vision Event Co., and enjoyed the photo booth by Viral Booth of NJ. Guests also enjoyed coffee creations by Cupa Cabana and went home with dessert favors by Danielle G. Paul Event Design.