by Andrea Bosco | Photographs by Rachel Priselac

ISES Forces of NatureForces of Nature welcomed guests into a magical Eden of event planners’ bliss! Approximately $200,000 of in-kind donations furnished a raw space in Bakery Square, creating endless possibilities centered around the themes of Ice, Fire, Earth, and Water. We’re talking glistening ice furniture, painted bodies on stilts, and a life-size replica of Michelangelo’s David surrounded by a summer bounty of blooms. Each 20-foot vignette, designed by Sheila Weiner of The Event Group; Tim Komen of TK Event Studio; Bob Sendall of All in Good Taste Productions; and Shelly Tolo of Tolo Events, was outfitted with elaborate detail, including lounge and bar spaces by Joe Mineo of Something New Events. The night raised $30,000 for the International Special Event Society (ISES) Pittsburgh and Event Pros Take Action (EPTA), founded by Susie Perelman of Mosaic, Inc., to support families recovering from natural disasters. “We had 120 event-industry businesses participating, which meant competitors working alongside each other for a common goal,” says ISES president-elect and Forces’ Leadership Team committee member Theresa Kaufman. “It was inspiring to see us all come together.” Presenting sponsors All Occasions Party Rental and Mosaic, Inc. also hosted a tabletop competition, where guests voted a dreamlike garden party, by Rania Harris and Yrai Santander of Rania’s Catering, and Carmel Vandale of Mt. Lebanon Floral, their favorite!

This event is featured in the June 2013 issue of WHIRL Magazine.
To view and purchase event photos, visit the WHIRL Photo Vault.

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