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))

Ed Sheeran Performs on Ellis Island 6.13.14

Ellis Island welcomed 3x Grammy-nominated artist Ed Sheeran to perform a one-of-a-kind show  presented by CBS RADIO, on Friday, June 13, adding his star power to our national landmark venue.
{We thank Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Radio.com for sharing these images of Ed Sheeran’s concert with us}

 A crowd of 300 to 400 Ed Sheeran fans (called ‘Sheerios’) braved the rain to share a very special experience with Ed Sheeran. So this superstar’s concert was likely as special to him as it was to all of his fans who ferried over to Ellis Island to be a part of an innovative event.

 Sheeran had been staging “Multiply Days” – consisting of a number of ever-growing, intimate performances in a single day – around the globe in anticipation of his new album, x (pronounced ‘multiply’). “Ed On Ellis” was planned as the largest in a series of shows during “Multiply Day” in New York City and served as the conclusion to this thrilling extravaganza celebrating and demonstrating the concept guiding his new record.

 Fans attending “Ed On Ellis” were treated to sweeping views of the New York skyline and Lady Liberty while listening to Sheeran play a variety of hits new and old, 10 days before the release of his new album x, which arrived on Monday, June 23 and was preceded by chart-topping lead single “Sing.”

 Dozens of CBS Radio stations nationwide conducted contests and giveaways for fan to win tickets to this concert, and fans could also get tickets via Radio.com.

 x, which found Sheeran collaborating with a stellar list of producers, recently rocketed to the No. 1 spot on the iTunes Store’s overall “Top Albums” chart, mere hours after becoming available for pre-order at http://smarturl.it/x-itunesdlx.

 

Radio.com released a post-concert report on the ‘5 Best Things That Happened at Ed on Ellis,’ ( http://radio.com/2014/06/14/ed-sheeran-ellis-island-best-moments) including the following highlights:
• He played extra-long. Fans expected Sheeran to perform 8 songs, but Sheeran delivered more than expected.
• His green room was the entire second floor of the Ellis Island Museum, known as the Registry Room. Fans milled around only one floor below, waiting for the show to start. From the stage, Sheeran told us that many of his family of Sheerans had been through Ellis Island.
• Sheeran played his song from The Fault In Our Stars, “All The Stars.”

This was Ed Sheeran’s first time visiting Ellis Island, as well.

To see more about Ed Sheeran’s fantastic concert, search for the Twitter tag #EdOnEllis and Ed Sheeran’s own Twitter handle @EdSheeran.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

The Pink Peony Gala Event at Ellis Island

Zak Kunish, president of Zak Events, says of this gala event held here at Ellis Island, “I just have one thing to say…over 3,000 Blush Pink Peonies!!! We cleared out an entire farm in North Carolina!”

Your wedding or special event can be filled with a sea of your favorite flowers, for a dazzling (and fragrant!) dream celebration.

See www.zakevents.com for more on this spectacular gala event.

Governor Christie’s Inaugural Ball Will Be Held at Ellis Island — Any Suggestions for the Party Plans?

The Ellis Island special events team is busily working on plans for the Inaugural Ball of Governor Christie, who has chosen our historic venue as the setting for what will surely be a spectacular event! [http://www.app.com/article/20140106/NJNEWS11/301060119/Plans-Christie-s-2nd-inauguration-unveiled?nclick_check=1]

We’ve hosted some of the most amazing and award-winning weddings, parties, galas and corporate parties here, and we invite you to look through our previous blog posts to see some of the top event designs created by New York’s and New Jersey’s elite event planners, floral artists, caterers and lighting specialists.

We’d love to hear your suggestions for color schemes, centerpieces, lighting effects and menu choices — and champagne! — and we’ll show your inspirations to the professionals working on Governor Christie’s inaugural party!

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!

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!

 

Eco-Friendly Weddings and Parties: Ellis Island and Liberty Island are Gorgeously Green Wedding Locations

Green weddings are In as a top wedding trend, and while some wedding couples think they have to have their wedding in a field to go eco-friendly, Ellis Island and Liberty Island are award-winning eco-friendly locations for weddings, corporate events and special celebrations! We’re proud of our many green initiatives and eco-friendly event strategies, and having your wedding or party at our historic locations means that your wedding will be eco-friendly and take place in a Wow Factor venue with fabulous architecture, great views of the NYC skyline and pure luxury!

If you’re interested in having a green wedding, you don’t have to go to a farm or get married in a barn. You can be married right here on our spectacular grounds or in our historic buildings, and have your beautiful reception right here as well, knowing that your wedding venue excels at eco-friendly methods such as recycling, using energy-efficient equipment and technology, collecting rainwater, and more. According to a recent wedding industry survey by TheWeddingReport.com, recent wedding couples said that having an eco-friendly wedding location was more important than having eco-friendly catering, cakes, transportation, photography and even the wedding gown!

One in five engaged couples want to have an eco-friendly wedding, says Splendid Insights, a wedding-focused market research firm. And according to top wedding trends, the vast majority of wedding couples want some elements of a green wedding – from the flowers to the food to the location, wedding invitations and other parts of their Big Day. If you thought that green weddings cost a lot more than traditional weddings, it’s actually not that much more. TheWeddingReport.com says that eco-conscious wedding couples spend only 2% more on their green wedding than couples planning traditional weddings. That means you can arrange for more luxury wedding elements with your wedding budget and still have your dream green wedding!

Here are some additional green wedding statistics to inspire you:

  • The wedding reception is a wedding’s biggest source of waste, with many NYC event planning companies saying that each wedding creates between 300 and 600 pounds of waste! That’s at your average wedding venue that doesn’t have the enormous collection of eco-friendly practices that Ellis Island and Liberty Island offer!
  • Here’s what wedding couples consider the most important when it comes to a green wedding:
    • Flowers: 62%
    • Invitations: 57%
    • Gifts and Favors: 55%
    • Decorations: 54%
    • CEREMONY AND RECEPTION LOCATION: 38%
    • Beauty and Spa Treatments: 35%
    • Food and Bar Service: 32%
    • Cake and Desserts: 26%
    • Transportation: 24%
    • Wedding Dress, Tuxedo or Suit: 17%
    • Rings and Jewelry: 17%
    • Entertainment: 15%
    • Accessories: 14%
    • Source: TheWeddingReport.com
  • The number of guests at an eco-friendly wedding isn’t much different than for traditional weddings:
    • Less than 50 guests: 12%
    • 50 to 100 guests: 25%
    • 100 to 200 guests: 47%
    • 200 to 300 guests: 13%
    • 300+ guests: 4%
  • TheWeddingReport.com shows that wedding couples under age 34 are most interested in having a green wedding:
    • 18 to 24: 43%
    • 25 to 34: 50%
    • 35 to 44: 5%
    • 45+: 2%

Ellis Island and Liberty Island are fabulous choices for your green wedding or eco-friendly celebration. Here’s why…

Evelyn Hill Inc. is a third generation family owned company that has been the exclusive concessionaire for the National Park Service for the past 80 years, and in that time, the company has become a leader and award-winner in sustainability methods. Check out Evelyn Hill Inc.’s sustainability statistics:

  • Recycling over 94.2% of the solid waste produced by its operation.
  • Diverting 94% of waste on Liberty and Ellis Islands in 2011, a new record – up 22% from the year before! Only 6% of collected waste on Liberty and Ellis Island went to landfills. That 94% was recycled or composted, including waste from food services, the gift shop and waste brought to the island by tourists.
  • In 2011 only 157 pounds of waste a day went to landfills from both Islands. Last year, we recycled or composted:
    •  57 Tons of Cardboard
    • 18.5 Tons of Plastic
    • 1.7 Tons of Glass & Aluminum
    • 3,000+ Pallets
    • 1,000+ Batteries
    • 100% Used Fryer Oil
    • 140 Light Bulbs
    • 23.5 Tons of Food Scraps (including compostable hot cups & tray liners

In 2010, Evelyn Hill Inc. opened the Liberty Gift Pavilion, a LEED Platinum Certified building the first of its kind within the National Park Service. Evelyn Hill Inc. takes pride in planning you a flawless special event and is honored to represent these historic venues.

Evelyn Hill Inc. has aggressively recycled since 2000, and has won many awards from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Interior for its Environmental Policies. Through annual Waste Assessments, Evelyn Hill Inc. continues to eliminate or replace items with reusable products. New dishwasher equipment was installed to utilize reusable plates and glassware.

In 2012, Evelyn Hill Inc. is replacing several products with similar items to eliminate several more tons of waste annually.

While constructing the Retail Pavilion, we added a 15,000 gallon storm water collection tank to collect the rainwater off the roof of the building. The storm water collection tank, along with ultra-low flush toilets, waterless urinals, low-flow sensor faucets and a new dishwasher in Liberty Cafe has allowed us to consume 44% less water for both buildings combined in 2011!

During the inaugural Operator Innovation Awards announced at the 2012 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, Evelyn Hill Inc. was announced the Innovator of the Year as well as the recipient of the Sustainability Award.

An independent jury panel, including the Director of Food & Beverage Concept Development of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide, and the President of Lettuce Entertain You, awarded Evelyn Hill Inc. awards in two separate categories, “Operator Innovator for Sustainability” and the most prestigious award of the evening, “Operator Innovator of the Year.”

When you want the best green wedding, you choose the best wedding venue in NYC, and we’re looking forward to working with you on your green wedding plans!

Contact us at http://thestatueofliberty.com/events/ellis-island/ and we’ll share all of the details on our eco-friendly wedding venues, and provide information for your wedding vendors who will implement all of your other green wedding and eco-friendly party details!

Ellis Island Welcomes Bruce Springsteen!

How many brides and grooms can say that their wedding venue has been visited by the biggest celebrities in the world? When your luxury wedding takes place at Ellis Island, your special event’s location is the very same location where the country’s biggest superstars and elite achievers have had their own Big Day.

 Each year, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation — a partner of Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island — honors celebrities and legends in their Heritage Awards ceremonies honoring “immigrants or their descendants who have made a major contribution to the American experience.” At the awards ceremony, each of the elite celebrities being honored receive a stellar welcome, a copy of the original ship’s manifest from their own personal relative’s immigrant arrival records, and the ceremony reflects on the honorees journey and contributions to the nation.

 Right there where your wedding ceremony or location will take place could very well be precisely where major celebrities have stood in one of the biggest moments of their lives as well. For instance, in 2010, Bruce Springsteen was an award recipient at Ellis Island for his contributions to ‘the American Experience,’ and some of his contributions may be on your wedding reception music playlist!

Bruce Springsteen’s arrival:

Bruce Springsteen Speaks:

Bruce Springsteen receives the ship’s manifest:

And here’s a look at the Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards’ site. In the coming weeks, we’ll post photos and videos of other top celebrities, athletes and achievers who have celebrated in your Ellis Island wedding or special event venue: http://www.ellisisland.org/genealogy/ellis_island_heritage_awards.asp