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Biz Bash: Bryan Rafanelli Keynotes Boston Expo

At BizBash Boston Expo, Bryan Rafanelli Stresses Importance of Relationships

The first BizBash Boston Expo took place at Fenway Park on Thursday, drawing 800 attendees and showcasing new products and ideas from more than 50 vendors. The day included panel and town hall discussions, 15-minute educational sessions from the Event Leadership Institute, and the presentation of the first local Readers’ Choice Awards. Bryan Rafanelli, founder, president, and C.E.O. of Rafanelli Events—who produced Chelsea Clinton’s wedding last year—delivered the keynote address.

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Biz Bash: 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards

First BizBash Boston Readers’ Choice Awards:

Readers Picked Bryan Rafanelli, Mike Amado, Erin McEvoy, and More…

The winners of our inaugural Readers’ Choice Awards were announced during an award presentation at the first BizBash Boston Expo on Thursday at Fenway Park.

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Biz Bash DC: State Department Dinner

Boston-based Rafanelli Events exercised restraint when it came to the decor at a Thursday night celebratory dinner, hosted by secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Benjamin Franklin State Dining Room at the U.S. State Department. Standing in the center of the heavily detailed and richly draped Franklin, the building’s largest of 42 Diplomatic Reception Rooms, Bryan Rafanelli gazed from side to side at the venue’s series of massive Corinthian columns and gilded decorative plasterwork. “The room is so extraordinary, so you don’t want to compete with it,” said Rafanelli, who also planned Chelsea Clinton’s wedding in July 2010.

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Biz Bash Boston: Pan-Mass Challenge Anniversary

“This is an example of what is possible when people work together,” said Bill Starr, founder and executive director of the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge, of Saturday’s $270 million check presentation to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s Jimmy Fund.

The 30th anniversary celebration for the fund-raising bike-a-thon was held at the House of Blues, where nearly 800 denimclad cyclists and volunteers gathered to commemorate 30 years of riding and a total of $270 million raised for cancer research over the life of the Pan-Mass Challenge. This year’s fund-raising total topped $30 million, the third largest in the event’s history and the single largest contribution to the Jimmy Fund this year.

The event, produced by Rafanelli Events, was a thank-you to the riders, Starr said, and also provided stewardship for the group. The Pan-Mass Challenge hosts a check presentation event each year, typically of the smaller, more formal type, but this year’s was larger and dressed down. The $75 ticket included beer and wine served by House of Blues’ cocktail waitstaff, passed appetizers including beef skewers, quesadillas, and crab cakes, and an ice cream sundae bar.

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Biz Bash Boston: Making It Work

Brigham and Women’s Faulkner-Sagoff Centre drew inspiration from Project Runway for a juried fashion show as this year’s fund-raiser.

Brigham and Women’s Faulkner-Sagoff Breast Imaging and Diagnostic Centre combined fashion and fund raising at Runway, its first fashion show competition, held Thursday night in the InterContinental Hotel Boston’s Rose Kennedy Ballroom. With more than 400 guests, the Faulkner-Sagoff Centre exceeded its $400,000 fund-raising goal for the evening while simultaneously promoting the work of five local designers from the School of Fashion Design.

“We set out to create something completely different from anything we had ever done or seen done here in Boston,” said Anne Vanderheyden, development events associate at Faulkner Hospital, who oversaw production with Rafanelli Events. “We decided to give ourselves plenty of time to recreate our annual fund-raising event, so we spent 18 months carefully and strategically planning. As our honorary chair, Gretchen [Monahan] was fully onboard with the new idea and was able to put together a fantastic panel of judges from the fashion industry.” Runway marks the facility’s 14th fund-raising event. Previous incarnations were typically of the dinner-auction-dancing variety.

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Biz Bash Boston: The Bare Necessities

Mass General channeled the Jungle Book at its 10th annual Storybook Ball, which this year raised $250,000 more than expected.

Massachusetts General Hospital celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Storybook Ball with a Jungle Book theme in the Westin Waterfront Grand Ballroom Saturday night. Despite a 30 percent cut in its event budget, the 400-guest gala raised $1.25 million ($250,000 more than the goal) for the emergency transport team, a service provided by MGH to pediatric patients and their families who need emergency transport from suburban hospitals.

“It is about the experience,” said Kelly Snyder, director of special Events for MGH Development. “It’s a beautiful, fun gala where guests like to lose themselves a little bit. Though we scaled back, I don’t know if our guests would notice that.”

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Biz Bash Boston: The In Crowd

For its second annual “In Party,” Brigham and Women’s Hospital used inventive tabletops, a digital auction system, and streamlined program to keep guests happy & reel in $1 million.

A year after debuting the “In Party,” Brigham and Women’s Hospital faced a big challenge in staging the fund-raising gala’s second outing at the InterContinental Boston hotel Saturday night: throwing a party for 420 donors that felt like the event of the year, while adjusting to the economic realities of 2009.

“Many of our volunteers had requested that we not do anything too elaborate or over-the-top this year,” said the hospital’s director of fund-raising events, Bill Florentino, who turned to Bryan Rafanelli of Rafanelli Events to produce the gala.

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