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February March 2019

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36 | Ignitemag.ca | February | March 2019 I n 2016, the Vancouver chapters of PCMA, MPI and ILEA decided to band together to produce a blockbuster annual association holiday party that would support scholarships and education pro- grams. "Traditionally, the associations produced their own separate little cocktail parties," says Alex Bickers, president of Reveal Events Group and then-president of ILEA Vancouver. The result was a spectacular It's a Wonderful Life-themed celebration on the Rocky Mountaineer. The event won a Canadian Event Industry Award and a tradition was born. "It has built momen- tum and is seen as a showcase of BC event talent and suppliers. It's event people building an event for event people." This year's The Wizard of Oz-themed event was hosted at the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver and named Somewhere Over. "We wanted to get away from conventional wintry themes and give the story a modern interpretation," says creative director Robert Porter, owner of Elizabeth Stanley Event Design. Auntie Em's Farmhouse Emerald City DJ Booth SOMEWHERE Spectacular Vancouver Event Industry Holiday Party by Laura Bickle D A T E Tuesday, December 18, 2018 N U M B E R O F A T T E N D E E S 450 F U N D S R A I S E D F O R E D U C A T I O N I N I T I A T I V E S $15,000 (100% of profits) L O A D - I N S T A R T E D 8 am, December 17 L O A D - O U T E N D E D 4 pm, December 19 N U M B E R O F S P O N S O R S / S U P P L I E R S 39 V A L U E O F S P O N S O R S H I P S $500,000 FAST Facts Witch's Castle photo-op This sign enticed guests to look behind the curtain to be rewarded with a silent disco and dessert station.

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