The Washington National Cathedral hosted SESMA’s Annual Ask the Experts event in their exquisite space on September 29. Members and guests had the opportunity to ask a panel of site directors about the unique challenges they face and to exchange behind the scenes advice for successful events.
The program began with a welcome from SESMA’s Vice President, Suzi Molak with Longview Gallery. SESMA’s Marketing Co-Chair, Lisa Frazier with United States Institute of Peace, then announced the winners of SESMA’s first Instagram Photo Caption Contest held in July.
The four panelists shared their experience with best practices and advice specific to their own venues. Dan Rose, from the Washington National Cathedral, was a wonderful host, along with Aneisha Persaud, Events and Hospitality Manager, discussing how events are put together in their large and varied spaces. Bret Freedman of Dock 5 at Union Market covered the challenges of client communications. Janet Daniels, from River Farm, gave insight to wedding clients and vendors working at her venue. Denise Borland of Ronald Reagan Building provided a professional look at the large events held at her site. The perspective of all panelists encouraged a lively, informational and entertaining discussion.
After the program, guests enjoyed a delicious reception provided by Rouge Catering before attending tours of the Cathedral.
A special thanks to each of our experts as well as our event sponsors: Washington National Cathedral, ROUGE Catering, Nature of Design, Nomad Event Systems, ecoprint, EastCoast Entertainment and Ampa Events.
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At Gensler, we believe that each event should create extraordinary experiences that foster connectivity. The most exciting challenge in design is reaching the audience and having them internalize and accept the messages that you are communicating so that your brand can make a long lasting impact with your audience. Gensler’s brand design practice provides a multi-disciplinary team skilled at crafting temporary brand experiences within various types of events and strives to ensure that engaging, branded content is woven seamlessly throughout.
We know experience means different things to different people, and so we tailor our approach for different industries. Gensler’s strength also lies in the implementation process. We work closely with our clients and fabricators until the final component is installed to our client’s satisfaction. We take pride in not only creating outstanding designs, but also in making them a functional, cost-effective reality. We know a project is not complete until it is well received by its intended audience.
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On July 20th, over 70 SESMA members and guests celebrated the beautiful midsummer’s evening in the garden of The American Revolution Institute of The Society of the Cincinnati at Anderson House. As guests arrived, they were welcomed with fresh summer cocktails and the melodic sounds of live music by Bruce Pike Productions. The evening featured Select Event Group‘s unique décor, building an ideal setting for members to reconnect and relax with peers from the busy summer. The true Tastes of Summer were beautifully featured throughout the garden by Purple Onion Catering, including a decadent S’mores Bar for guests to experience summer’s favorite dessert!
Throughout the evening, guests were seen taking photos and posing for SESMA’s first Instagram Contest! Guests followed @SESMADC and tagged us in their best #SESMASummer shots from the evening. The top two photos with the most likes and/or shares by 7pm TONIGHT (July 21) receive a prize! Log on now to like your favorite photos from the evening! Winners will be announced on Monday, July 25th!
As the evening’s event came to a close, guests were welcomed to tour Anderson House and marvel at one of the capital city’s most fashionable mansions.
Special thanks to our event sponsors:
The American Revolution Institute of The Society of the Cincinnati at Anderson House, Purple Onion Catering, MJ Valet, Select Event Group and Bruce Pike Productions.
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