Ellis Island Corporate Event Spotlight: Amway China

Photo by Nadine Froger Photography

Ellis Island frequently hosts large corporate events, and in April of this year, we welcomed the VIPs of Amway China for a very special celebration of the company’s top performing employees in a lavish, luxury event for over 1,600 guests.
The event design team shared with us some amazing details of this unforgettable corporate event on Ellis Island:
As always, Amway China insisted on presenting their guests with an iconic experience they would not be able to access on their own. Amway events tend to take place in locations of historic significance and iconic importance. Events have to connect and honor in theme the Chinese culture and the history of the location.
Amway China flew their 1,600 top-selling representatives to New York City for a 3-day business meeting. The group traveled in two waves, for business meetings and special NYC experiences, and only once did ALL 1,600 guests come together in the same place at the same time: on the evening of April 15th for a reception, gala evening and pop concert on Liberty and Ellis Island.
Quite fittingly for our location as an historic landmark and tying into the Amway corporate goal structure, this event was titled “Follow Your Dream”.
“The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island – our iconic monuments to the immigrant’s arrival in the USA and the beginning of the American Dream – gave us the opportunity to let our guests experience the beginning of their own American Dream, achieved by their association with Am(erican)way,” says Marion Renk-Rosenthal, Public Relations for Event Works, www.eventworks.com.

The evening started at Battery Park where guests gained chartered ferries to transition to Liberty Island for a cocktail reception. As they passed the Statue of Liberty, a fireboat water cannon shot red-white-blue fountains into the air.
Ferries shuttled guests from the reception to dinner and concert at the Ellis Island Museum.

Photp by Nadine Froger Photography

 

Photo by Nadine Froger Photography

“We surrounded guests with iconic walking characters from the moment they got off the ferry. Athletes, walking Empire State and Chrysler Buildings, a living Lady Liberty, Broadway showgirls, Uncle Sam stilt walkers and “President Obama” with Secret Service personnel greeted arriving guests.”

Photo by Steve Elkins

 

Photo by Nadine Froger Photography

Dinner took place on two levels at the museum: the Baggage Room and the Registry Room.

Photo by Nadine Froger Photography

 

Photo by Nadine Froger Photography

The event organizers paid extra attention to the Chinese tradition of honoring the highest performers by incorporating special recognition for the Very Very Important Persons.
“We started by designing the timetable with VIPs in mind. Special consideration in ferry assignment, timed to line up perfectly with the fireboat water fountain display, and access to special treats during the cocktail reception had to be considered and planned. Very VIPs were provided with a separate, upgraded tent for the cocktail reception. We also stanchioned off a VIP Photo area centered in front of the Statue of Liberty.”
“They received preferential treatment in the transfers to Ellis Island. We designed blue prints with special, short entrance routes in the dining rooms for their arrivals. VVIPs enter the dinner last, once the regular guests were seated. We created red carpet walks down the center of the two rooms and added red carpet risers in the centers so that the regular guests could take great photos of the VVIPs. This worked out beautifully as all regular guests lined the red carpets and surrounded the risers to snap shots like photographers at the Oscars. The rooms lit up with flash photography and iPad screens. Our VVIPs posed dutifully, smiling and waving.”
The Amway China corporate group also had 33 guests who received special birthday honors, and the event organizers celebrated them by having a Gospel choir serenade them by singing “Happy Birthday”. “Our Color Guard and Amway staff then paraded in with custom designed, Lady Liberty cakes.”

Photo by Nadine Froger Photography

 

Photo by Nadine Froger Photography

The evening culminated with a customized fireworks display in New York Harbor followed by the pop concert. Despite a winter storm, temperatures sinking to 33 degrees, sleet and hail, all guests ventured outside to cheer the rousing fireworks finale!
VVIPs were invited to exit dinner first, regular guests followed and all enjoyed a custom designed display that included a 7 color rainbow, symbol of wealth and worldliness in China and used as a backdrop by Amway in recruitment presentations throughout the country. The fireworks display culminated in the Amway logo.

Photo by Nadine Froger Photography

The Amway China event organizers enacted some technically creative plans for this celebration, including the following: “We custom-programmed a very complicated audio and video system that allowed us to split the signal for time-delayed, separate projection on either floor. We set this up to also be able to switch it to simultaneous projection to both floors as both options were used during the night. We set up multiple, separate audio channels for Chinese and English speaking stage managers and various production departments.”

List of companies involved:
Evelyn Hill, Inc. The Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island,
EventWorks
Fireworks by Grucci (Bellport, NY),
Bestek Lighting and Staging (West Babylon, NY),
Main Attractions Inc. (Edison, NJ),
Zak Events Inc. (Franklin Lakes, NJ),
BKA – Barkley-Kalpak Agency (NY, NY),
Technical Show Management Inc. (Marina del Rey, CA))

The Ellis Island Weddings and Events Video is Live

See the elegance of an Ellis Island wedding or special event on our video sharing the beauty and grandeur of our landmark wedding venue overlooking the scenic New York City skyline.

A Concert on Liberty Island: A Jack Daniels Special Event

Liberty Island is home to some spectacular corporate parties and weddings, and a few nights ago, we welcomed Jack Daniels to our island for a celebration and concert by Capital Cities.

Corporate parties have long featured concerts by the top names in entertainment, but there’s just something so special about an outdoor concert on Liberty Island or Ellis Island, with the Statue of Liberty looking on, reflecting the fabulous lighting of the concert event. The statue was aglow last night as the Jack Daniels crowd enjoyed the music, the views, and all the stunning details of their big event.

If We Build It…. Custom Structures and Stages for Celebrations and Weddings on Ellis Island

Photos by: Kevin J McCormick Photography  http://www.kjmphoto.com

Ellis Island weddings and events are known for being ultra-customized and fine-tuned for our guests. Our two islands are often home to lavish celebrations held in custom-designed tents and structures, and this celebration for Amway China brought a jaw-dropping custom structure to our shores, with sensational lighting, for a LeeHom Wang concert and a 1600-person dinner and an event that encompassed both levels of the Ellis Island museum.

 

Corporate events on Ellis Island, as well as our luxury weddings, become breathtaking scenes and magical settings – all possible due to our vast grounds and marvelous views of the sunset, night sky and NYC skyline.

 

Ellis Island Corporate Gala Details from Zak Events

More gorgeous images from Zak Events’ recent work here at Ellis Island, home to some of the most stunning luxury weddings and corporate parties in the New York City area. See more of the images from Zak Events at www.zakevents.com.

Real Ellis Island Event: A Gorgeous Fall-Themed Tablescape Designed by Fourth Wall Events

Photos courtesy of Fourth Wall Events

Here’s a look at a gorgeous tablescape designed for a corporate event by Fourth Wall Events, with fall colors in full glory and the top trend of rustic elegance working beautifully with linens, candlelight, and tall, majestic centerpieces that are so stunning with our venue space’s high-ceilings.

Fall shades of orange and yellow, with some crimson and gold make this tabletop design so beautiful, and the designer takes this look to the heights of event design trends with a patterned table runner. Patterns are so In for fall 2013 and will stay in right through 2014 for weddings and special events, so when you plan your Ellis Island special celebration, think patterns and luxury fabrics to make your table design even more spectacular!

Fourth Wall Events Styles a Glam Setting for an Ellis Island Celebration

Photo courtesy of Fourth Wall Events

A look at one of the gorgeous, glam events held here at Ellis Island, designed by Fourth Wall Events. To create a ‘room’ within our expansive historic venue, the Fourth Wall Events team created wispy paneled ‘walls’ made even more gorgeous by specialty lighting. So if you have a smaller guest list, you don’t have to worry about your party looking lost in our lofty space. You and your wedding or special events design team can personalize the Ellis Island Registry Room to fit your event’s size and scope.

Of course, you can set off your dining area in one half of the Registry Room, and have your cocktail party with a custom-designed bar in the other half, or set up your space to provide seating in one section, and a dance floor and entertainment area in the other. It’s always a plus to have so much space to work with, to design in your own way, and we thank Fourth Wall Events for sharing this Ellis Island event image with us!

Fireworks Add the Perfect Finishing Touch to Your Wedding or Corporate Event at Ellis Island

Photo courtesy of www.bestek.com

The amazing William Havilland of Bestek Lighting and Staging shared this breathtaking image from an event he recently made ever more fabulous here at Ellis Island. With our gorgeous views of the New York City skyline and the Statue of Liberty, your event will be even more magical and awe-inspiring with your own personal fireworks extravaganza!

Now’s the Time to Book Corporate Holiday Parties at Ellis Island

 

It may be the start of fall, but now is the time to start making plans for your company’s most dazzling holiday party yet! Ellis Island has been home to spectacular parties and galas for some of the country’s top corporations, and for companies that really know how to treat their employees to a well-deserved holiday season celebration in luxury and style. With a sail past the Statue of Liberty as the start of the event.

At Ellis Island, up to 1,200 guests can celebrate in our Great Hall, which means that everyone in the company can attend, and bring a spouse or guest! The days of the whittled-down holiday party, where only employees can attend, are fading away, and there’s no better way to celebrate your company’s thriving this year than a splashy, chic and sophisticated holiday party with an unparalleled view of New York City, fine cuisine, spectacular wine and champagne served at your custom-designed bar, and your company’s logo on full display around your party space.

Contact our event team today and you can secure your holiday party’s home here at our jaw-dropping historic venue, transformed into a winter wonderland of holiday celebration. Cheers!

Exciting News! The Lucky Date of 11/12/13 is OPEN at Ellis Island and Liberty Island

Everyone’s talking about 11/12/13 — this year’s next Lucky Date for weddings, and we’re excited to let you know that this date is OPEN for a your Ellis Island wedding, Liberty Island wedding, or any special celebration you’d like to have here at our luxury event venues.

Since Ellis Island’s gorgeous grounds and spectacular views of the New York City skyline and Statue of Liberty make our site a top spot for special celebrations, you might grab our open lucky date for your:

* Engagement party

* Rehearsal dinner outdoor lobster bake

* Anniversary party

* Bar mitzvah

* Bat mitzvah

* Sweet 16

* Post destination wedding reception

* Corporate celebration

* Awards dinner

And any special event that you’d love to be made all the more special by our amazing setting, fabulous grounds, glamorous ballroom, and stunning views in every direction.

Contact us today to grab up the lucky date of 11/12/13 for your unforgettable wedding or special celebration!