Last week we had the honor of helping produce the Celebration of Life for Tim Abbott of Fun Productions. We specifically say help because the amount of involvement from the Denver event community was truly amazing. One of the first things we did was to send word to our local ISES community letting them know what happened and if anyone wanted to join us in providing services or products. In 24 hours, 30 companies contacted us to provide EVERYTHING for free (even though Tim’s wife Dawn wanted to pay for everything since she felt our industry is asked often to donate.)
The event took place at a beautiful venue in Castle Rock Colorado called Cielo at Castle Pines. The owners did not know the Abbotts but after hearing about the tragedy, they offered their venue for free. Catering by Design provided all the food and staff for 300 attendees, All Well Rents provided the rentals, Splendor For Your Guests provided umbrellas and shawls (good thing- it rained!), All Digital Photography and Video provided photography and a video booth where guests could leave messages for the family, Pure Energy Events provided all the A/V, 5 Star Talent & Entertainment provided live musicians and singers, Star Parking provided valet service and Jay’s Valet provided rides for the family. Patty Moser from Blue Eyes Consulting and Nicole Marsh from the Arrangers helped us find the right venue. Paul Anderson from our team (retired Air Force Chaplain) did an awesome job officiating the service. Our Business Development lead Allison Freeman coordinated ALL the vendors and did most of the work pre-planning and setting up. Many other vendors are providing long-term support such as meals for the family and for their staff over the next few months….and there’s more help that we’re probably not even aware of…
We want to share the reasons we all did this: One, we love Dawn and Tim and we couldn’t help but act since we are all “do-ers” by nature. Two, I believe this is how our industry should be. When tragedy strikes, we should circle the wagons and take care of each other. Our Denver community is not perfect but we are very tight knit competitors who want the best for clients and each other. I speak often at industry groups nationwide and I sadly don’t see the spirit of cooperation that we enjoy in Denver. I hope this story can be an example of what we can be.
We started planning celebrations of life after working for a cancer center for children. We saw the need for planning services where families wanted a thematic & customized event to honor the child. We gladly take on the burden of planning an event at one of the most difficult times in someone’s life. We were honored to be able to do this for the Abbott’s.
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Forté Events is a strategic event design and production firm specializing in celebrations of life, corporate, non-profit, and social events worldwide. This award winning team also designs custom, experiential learning programs and corporate training sessions.
CEO of Forté Events, Tami Forero is a veteran of the special event industry having planned hundreds of strategic corporate, social and non-profit events. She’s a sought after consultant and speaker with topics both on the event industry and business skills.