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Who’s News for July 21, 2023

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Venue News

Hagerty Garage + Social, the Soho House of car storage and entertainment, has opened its newest location in Miami. This venue features a garage and social club that spans over 30,000 feet. Steps away from Miami’s Upper East Side, it houses over 150 luxury vehicles from Lambos to Ferraris, Rolls, Bentley, and more. Its open layout boasts a massive TV perfect to watch any event from F1 to the Miami Heat NBA Finals and Super Bowl to corporate gatherings, while expansive windows give visitors a view into the garage and a conference room that usually has a Porsche or Lamborghini in it. The clubhouse space is filled with tables, workstations, couches, making it the perfect escape for members to work or relax. 

Hot off the Press

National Structures Events and Services, a full-service tenting and structures rental solutions company, has recently launched Structure Depot, a new service offering other event rental companies the ability through sub-contracting to easily expand their tenting, structure, and flooring capabilities. With over 3 million square feet of inventory available, in sizes ranging from three- to 50-meter tents. Structures Depot gives other event rental businesses across the nation access to this inventory, allowing them to test the structure market or go after projects they may have walked away from in the past without the capital investment, ultimately increasing net profits. 

Code Four, a premier provider of fan-facing experiential event activations at sporting events, recently announced exclusive multi-year service contracts with USC Athletics and Angel City Football Club of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). The majority of major professional sports leagues in North America and premier sports venues in Southern California rely on Code Four to deliver signage and world-class fan experiences. USC Athletics through its partnership agency, PlayFly Sports Properties, will leverage Code Four to produce all event signage, production and related services, including all game-day activations at the Los Angeles Coliseum and Galen Center for all USC Athletic Events. 

On Thursday, July 13, 2023, iconic award-winning journalist, health advocate, philanthropist and East Hampton resident Katie Couric captivated an audience of over 200 guests at the annual East Hampton Emergency Department fundraiser luncheon, held at the picturesque Maidstone Club. Following the talk, a delicious lunch was served, and guests stayed on to enjoy the ocean views and to mingle with friends. Guests were also treated to gift bags containing products from Bobbi Brown’s Jones Road Beauty and Cindy Crawford’s Meaningful Beauty lines. The annual benefit raises money to support the new Stony Brook Medicine East Hampton Emergency Department, currently in construction. Doors to the new facility are scheduled to open Fall 2024. This year’s luncheon, organized by the Southampton Hospital Foundation, was the most successful and highly attended one to date. 

In Memoriam

It is with sadness that we report that former ILEA president (1997-1998) Tim Lundy, CSEP, recently passed away. Tim has been a leader and mentor in the event industry for several decades, where he combined culinary planning with event design as the Chef and Owner of Distinctive Design & Events. From producing award-winning events around the globe to authoring a book to speaking at industry conferences, he was known as a positive and compassionate force in the industry. Read the tribute from former ILEA president Joe Goldblatt here

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