The Reviews Are In: Coterie Gala 2015

     Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients Laura and David Hall with their family.    Photo by J Robert Schraeder Photography.


Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients Laura and David Hall with their family. Photo by J Robert Schraeder Photography.

"Celebrate the Coterie: where there are no small characters" was held on Saturday, June 13th at the Sheraton Crown Center.  Benefiting the nationally recognized Coterie Theatre, the event honored Dave and Laura Hall with the Coterie's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Check out the EPIC Exclamations! from event chairs, Amanda Holland & Kara Harmon; Artistic Producing Director, Jeff Church; Executive Director, Joette Pelster; and Coterie staffers, David Golston, Kevin Albert and Annette Filippi!

“As a full-time professional wishing to find ways to serve my community with time as my number one resource constraint, EPIC was invaluable in the process of planning an event benefitting a non-profit organization.  Having Donna and team engaged as experts to manage everything from the big picture vision for our event down to the nitty-gritty details made our event much more effective than it would have been without them. Did I mention we exceeded our initial income goal by over 70%?  I am personally in client service and respected so much the level of care and professionalism with which we were served. I will use EPIC in the future for both for-profit and not-for-profit events and will recommend their amazing team to my colleagues and friends!” ~ Amanda Holland, Event Chair
"For years, we had been told to "tell your story" to your patrons at your gala.  As an artistic director, I know how to do this for our stage productions.  However, for a gala, telling the story properly, to land with impact, is its own precise art.  What Epic brought to game changed everything for us.  They guided us to an approach that we'd never tried before, and the results were phenomenal.  They're experts:  Listen and learn." ~ Jeff Church, Producing Artistic Director
“We were floundering and they provided a third eye – making us recognize and celebrate our strengths, and providing a roadmap to overcome our weaknesses. It was the best decision we ever made to ask for their help.” ~ Joette Pelster, Executive Director
“I have served on a variety of committees, planning galas and fundraisers of all sorts and sizes.  I believed I had a lot of experience coming in to my latest endeavor, which, due to a wild set of circumstance, was a 300+ sit down dinner, with an initial target goal of $100K, and six weeks to plan and raise our donations.  It wasn’t until I met with Epic that I truly realized how little I did know, and how much experience and expertise they bring to the table.  They made my job as co-chair so much easier and effective, as they are able to take their knowledge and best practices from the thousands of events that have managed and apply them to our situation.  They see big picture and strategy, as well as coordinate the minutia, all to make an effortless and extremely professional production.  My co-chair, committee, and I were able to provide our organization’s stamp on everything.  We had an extremely successful event, far surpassing our initial goal, and received a multitude of compliments about the length, depth, and emotional impact of our event.  I would jump at the chance to work with them again on events in the future.” ~ Kara Harmon, Event Chair
“From a marketing perspective, Epic made preparing for our event incredibly organized and easy. On a very tight schedule, they created original and appealing invites, programs, signage, and even a professional quality video that was effectively used as part of the evening’s entertainment, which was carefully scripted to showcase our company’s varied programming. Epic’s production of our event not only increased the donations we received over last year’s event but helped us broaden our brand awareness amongst an important and influential group of supporters, making the evening an unqualified success.” ~ David Golston, Director of Marketing & Public Relations
“As the auction coordinator I appreciated the added support of EPIC.  Everything we needed was provided, from pre-set table linens to Easels, weekly update communications to words of encouragement.  Always a smile, always a calming voice in a sea of stress!  EPIC is organization on steroids and it really showed in the positive results of our Auction and entire event.” ~ Kevin Albert, Box Office Assistant Manager
“The Fund-A-Need portion of the event was extremely successful and I believe that success is directly tied to the guidance we received from Epic.  They suggested that we feature the programming our audience might not know about (classes, tours, educational programming in schools, etc.) and created a script and projections to inform in a very classy way.  Our audience not only supported what we do, but learned more about what ELSE we do.  When was the last time that your audience sought you out to say thanks for a wonderful evening at a fundraiser?  Wow!  Thank you, EPIC!” ~ Annette Filippi, Program Coordinator