Special Events

In brief for March 29, 2006

Was the client your kid? Special Events Magazine is looking for wonderful parties--birthdays, bar/bat mitzvahs, sweet 16s--that planners have thrown for their own children. If you have a story to share with us for coverage in our June issue, please click here ...

If you buy it, will they come? The trend of charities auctioning off the chance to hobnob with a celebrity is hotter than ever, but like as not the celebs may not show. A story in the Wall Street Journal last week described the many pitfalls of the practice, from "dinners" that lasted only 15 minutes to stars that never showed at all. The top draw: a Robin Hood Foundation auction that pulled in a bid of $300,000 for a golf game with former president Bill Clinton.

Tips for keeping celebrities in tow: Respect their time and don't make any promises you can't keep, advises Rita Tateel, founder and president of L.A.'s Celebrity Source agency. For more tips, click here

Marriott stars in energy conservation Washington-based Marriott International was honored last week for its energy-conservation programs, which have saved more than 83 million kilowatt-hours of electricity consumption and cut greenhouse gases by 68,000 tons annually. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency saluted the hotel chain, which has put energy-conservation programs in place in 90 percent of its hotels.

Photo at top © iStockphoto.com/Allen Johnson

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