We are very happy to share some of the details and scenes from this wonderful corporate incentive event at Ellis Island , planned by Beth Lockwood, founder and CEO of Details NYC , a NYC event planning company, in the beginning of May. [All photos courtesy of Kevin McCormick.]
“Our clients were gathering employees located in various parts of the country,’ says Beth Lockwood. “They wanted to bring their teams together, starting with a ‘Welcome Dinner’ that was memorable and unique to New York City. Ellis Island was a perfect choice, due its American historical significance, where millions of immigrants entered the US and went forward to build better lives, everywhere in the country. The ride on the ferry to the island, the beautiful buildings and views of the city skyline as a first impression on their first evening, would set the tone for the entire trip.”
“The building and the Main Hall, with its high, barrel vaulted ceilings and huge, arched windows, looking out to the New York City Skyline, is more than impressive on its own. We worked with a lighting designer to flood the Main Hall with amber lighting, creating a warmer, more inviting ambiance. With the meticulous table settings in navy and gold, and beautiful floral centerpieces, the room was transformed from a formal institution, into a gorgeous dinner venue,” says Lockwood.
“The cocktail hour was held at the entrance, in the Welcome Center, surrounded by interesting podiums telling of the history of Ellis Island and immigration into the United States. Additional lighting design created an elegant, private party experience, where millions of tourists browse during the day.”
“The band was amazing! They entertained guests with their “big band” style renditions of classic and contemporary songs.”
Lockwood mentions that the desserts were “splendid:” a duo of Keylime and Chocolate Decadence.
This spectacular corporate event at Ellis Island allowed the 90 guests to just relax and have fun, minus any presentations: “the guests were so enamored with the band, many were inspired to get up and dance! Everyone was having such a good time we hated to tell them the event had ended and the last ferry was waiting to take them back to the mainland!”
Lockwood says she greatly enjoyed “watching people have fun and really take in a one of a kind experience in New York City, the greatest city in the world, is why I built this company. After all the hard work, knowing our clients see this city with the awe that we do, makes it all worthwhile.” We were happy to provide our unparalleled views of the NYC skyline and the Statue of Liberty, as well as the remarkable structure we call home on Ellis Island, a history-rich landmark venue event that adds so much heart and emotion to all corporate events held here with us.
Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty Win the HSMAI Greater New York Chapter’s Frank W. Berkman Tourism Achievement Award
We’re honored beyond measure to have been awarded the HSMAI Greater New York Chapter’s Frank W. Berkman Tourism Achievement Award for significant contributions to the tourism industry in New York City. Our own Patti Golden accepted the award on behalf of our amazing team at The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island .
Here is the official announcement:
The HSMAI Greater New York Chapter presents the Frank W. Berkman Tourism Achievement Award to recognize those individuals or organizations that have made inspiring and significant contributions to the tourism industry in New York City.
Frank W. Berkman, CHME, was a former Executive VP and COO for HSMAI. This esteemed award was named after him because of his love for the city and his dedication to building HSMAI into the influential international hospitality industry organization that it is today.
On Monday, June 27, 2016, we present the 23rd Annual Frank W. Berkman Tourism Achievement Award to The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
One hundred years ago, the National Park Service was created and entrusted with the care of our National Parks. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated in 1886, 130 years ago. The Statue of Liberty, whose full name is Liberty Enlightening the World, was a gift from France to America in 1886. It is a major tourist attraction and one of the most recognizable icons of the United States, attracting 4.28 million visitors in 2015. Ellis Island, the portal to America for 12 million immigrants, attracts over 3 million visitors each year. Many come because the island is part of their family’s history; others visit because the immigrant experience is such a key part of the American identity. In fact, over 40 percent of Americans can trace their lineage through the Ellis Island Immigration Station. The award will be accepted by Patti Golden, Director of Sales, Evelyn Hill Inc., Ellis Island.
On behalf of the entire hospitality, travel and tourism industry, congratulations to The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, and the recipients of the 2016 HSMAI Greater New York Awards of Excellence.
We share with you now Patti’s acceptance speech:
We are so honored to accept such a prestigious award on behalf of the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island. A special thanks to the HSMAI Greater NY Chapter for recognizing us and to NYC & Company for presenting it. After all, with past recipients that include Mayors Michael Bloomberg, Rudolf Giuliani, and the Rockettes …how we could not be excited!
The timing for receiving this award could not be more perfect, as 2016 marks the 130th Anniversary for the Statue of Liberty, A Centennial celebration for the National Park Service as well as the 85th year for our company Evelyn Hill Inc. We are a third generation, family owned business, that continues to provide quality services for all cafes, retail shops and special events on the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
Lady Liberty, a gift from the people of France to the United States, is not only one on the major tourist attractions in this great city, but one of the most recognizable Icons in the world. She stands over 305 feet tall, weighs in at 225 tons and drew a record 4.28 million visitors last year.
Ellis Island, the “Gateway” to America is truly a powerful experience that I bet many of you New Yorkers have not yet found the time to visit. Ellis Island has a special meaning to all …… Especially me. That is where I met my Husband Dan 17 years ago.
This amazing museum draws an estimated 3 million visitors each year. Most coming to retrace the history of their families and celebrate their American Heritage. After all – especially in NY – we are all immigrants – aren’t we? In fact, over 40 percent of all current US citizens can trace at least one of their ancestors to Ellis Island. The National Park Service has done an incredible job in telling the Ellis Island Story with their many exhibits and galleries. SO Join our huddled masses and catch that ferry from Battery Park for an experience you will always remember.
And for those of you that are not aware these National Monuments are available for exclusive use in the evening for your next special event. I can’t think of another venue that can surpass the views of our spectacular Manhattan Skyline.
Thank you again for this honor. We will continue our standards of excellent service in this “The Greatest City in the World”… and continue to make you proud.
We’re thrilled to be recognized for all of our team’s efforts on your behalf as well as on behalf of NYC tourism, and we look forward to welcoming your event, as well as each of your corporate event, wedding and special event guests, to our shores for your unforgettable celebration.