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Former Groupon VP Jayna Cooke Named CEO of EVENTup


Chicago, IL (PRWEB) June 03, 2014

Lightbank co-founder Brad Keywell, Chairman of EVENTup, an online marketplace that helps event planners and consumers find and book unique venues, today announced Jayna Cooke as the company’s new CEO. The announcement is part of a new capitalization of the company, positioning it to further grow its dominant position in the event market.

“I am incredibly excited about the future of EVENTup– the event space is extremely fragmented, and EVENTup provides a great solution for consumers and venues,” said EVENTup’s new CEO Jayna Cooke. “The new capital allows us to dramatically expand our market footprint, and extend our lead in the event industry. Our customers range from corporate retreats and weddings, to bar mitzvahs and photo shoots. With more than 10,000 venues nationwide, EVENTup has the perfect location for every occasion.”

Cooke is distinguished as being one of the most successful sales and business development professionals in technology startups over the past decade. As the Vice President of National Sales at Groupon, Cooke was integral in executing the company’s early sales and partnership strategies. Prior to Groupon, Jayna was the leading sales and business development professional at Echo Global Logistics, a company co-founded by Keywell.

“Jayna’s unique talents in disruptive business models make her an ideal CEO to further accelerate EVENTup’s growth,” said Keywell. “EVENTup is changing the way people book event spaces, and creating a marketplace that offers the broadest array of spaces and services for consumers, while enabling optimal utilization and monetization of venues for property owners.”

EVENTup is a timesaving solution that helps event planners and consumers research and book venues easily. The EVENTup platform allows you to easily find what you are looking for by filtering by neighborhood, price, venue type, and much more, helping consumers book event spaces that fit their specific needs.

On the supply side, EVENTup allows property owners to list previously under-utilized and under-monetized assets so they can generate additional revenue. EVENTup has venues located in every major metropolitan city across the United States.

Some of the outstanding EVENTup venues include the house from the hit TV show “Entourage,” Marilyn Monroe’s former Los Angeles home, the famous “Copacabana” in NYC, the home from ‘The Wedding Planner,” the Frank Lloyd Wright Jr. Mansion seen in Martin Scorsese’s “The Aviator,” and many more.

For more information about booking a location, listing a venue or about EVENTup, visit http://www.eventup.com.







Ring in 2013 with Style. Lincolnshire Marriott, a Top Greater Chicago Area Hotel and Resort Offers Enticing Stay n Play Packages


Lincolnshire, Illinois (PRWEB) December 14, 2012

December 2012 – Count down the last minutes of 2012 at the popular Lincolnshire Marriott Resort. The greater Chicago area hotel is offering four unique New Year’s packages that provide fun for couples and singles alike. Offering amenities including a live theater, numerous dining destinations and a serene nature-filled location, this Chicago resort offers something for everyone.

Choose from packages including:

Dinner Party, Theatre & Overnight

Enjoy deluxe overnight accommodations, a four-course dinner in the King’s Wharf Restaurant, DJ and dancing in the Grand Ballroom, party favors, a midnight champagne toast, available cash bar and a New Year’s Day Brunch in the King’s Wharf Restaurant. Two tickets are also included for Marriott Theatre’s production of One & Only. Reservations are required for both dinner and brunch. Dinner seatings available: 5:00pm, 5:30pm & 6:00pm. Please note that the Grand Ballroom party can only accommodate guests 21 and over.

$ 349 + tax & gratuity per couple, mention promo code ES1. There are no cancelations and no refunds available for this rate.

Dinner Party & Overnight

Enjoy deluxe overnight accommodations, a four-course dinner in the King’s Wharf Restaurant, DJ and dancing in the Grand Ballroom, party favors, Midnight champagne toast, available cash bar and a New Year’s Day Brunch in the King’s Wharf Restaurant. Reservations required for both dinner and brunch. Dinner seatings available: 8:30pm & 9:00pm. Please note that the Grand Ballroom party can only accommodate guests 21 and over.

$ 309 + tax & gratuity per couple, mention promo code ES1. There are no cancellations and no refunds available for this rate.

Dinner Party Only Package

Enjoy a four-course dinner in the King’s Wharf Restaurant followed by DJ and dancing in the Grand Ballroom. Dinner seatings available: 8:30pm & 9:00pm. Includes party favors and a midnight champagne toast. Cash bar available. Guest room not included. Please note that the Grand Ballroom party can only accommodate guests 21 and over.

$ 149 + tax & gratuity per couple. Please call the hotel at 847-634-0100 to book. There are no cancellations and no refunds available for this rate.

Stay for Breakfast Package

Enjoy overnight accommodations and breakfast for two adults and two children, ages 12 and under in the Fairfield Inn Restaurant.

$ 149 + tax & gratuity, mention promo code S4B.

Basic overnight accommodations at the Chicago area hotel and resort begin at $ 129.

For questions regarding packages, please call (847) 634-0100 or visit LincolnshireNYE.com.

About the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort

Situated on 175 wooded acres on the North Shore, minutes from downtown Chicago and O’Hare Airport, the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort is a truly unique destination, with something for everyone. For business retreats, family vacations, and romantic weekends, this renowned Northern Chicago area hotel and resort offers abundant recreation – including a George Fazio PGA course, tennis center, pools, and highly acclaimed live musical theatre. As an ideal venue for meetings and exhibits to intimate weddings and bar / bat mitzvahs, this picturesque setting offers nearly 72,000 square feet of event space – backed by Marriott’s award-winning service.

For more information and reservations at this greater Chicago resort, visit http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/chiln-lincolnshire-marriott-resort/.







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The Season Of Massage Has Begun At Hands On HealthCare Massage Therapy And Wellness Day


Commack, Long Island, New York (PRWEB) December 03, 2013

Holiday season has already started and the expression, “Taking Care Of Me, Creates A Better We” which was created by Marla Kaplan-Pelle, owner of Hands On HealthCare Massage Therapy and Wellness Day Spa on Long Island and her husband Tony Pelle, back in the holiday season of 2008, rings true more now than ever. “Taking care of yourself needs to be a top priority during this holiday season,” Kaplan-Pelle claims.

Massage therapy is a simple, convenient and affordable way to manage stress. Holiday shopping, traveling and visiting family adds stress that very often causes headaches, belly aches, high blood pressure, and sleeping problems. “So many people are overly stressed at this time of the year,” states Kaplan-Pelle. She continues, “A good relaxation massage can help combat stress and anxiety. It’s important to make sure that your massage therapist and your massage center have the experience and know-how to help overcome stress. Helping someone to relax is not very often as simple as it sounds!”

Hands On HealthCare Massage Therapy and Wellness Day Spa has been serving the Commack Community since 2000. Hands On HealthCare Massage Therapy is a recognized leader in Advanced Medical Massage in Suffolk County, Long Island. Medical Massage is often the answer regarding pain, injury and disease. Hands On offers Pre-Natal and Post-Natal Massage, Sports Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release, Manual Lymph Drainage and is a recommended community provider for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. The Spa Services Division offers spa treatments such as Therapeutic Facials, Skincare, microdermabrasion, body treatments, permanent makeup and para-medical cosmetics and cellulite reduction through ultrasound cavitation (Cavi-Lipo). The Wellness Day Spa has an extensive Couples Massage Spa Date Menu. Spa Parties are a specialty. An array of services and packages are available for both on and off-site. Beyond the Spa Services include off-site on-site workplace of event Mobile services which include bringing the day spa to the doorstep at home, venue or corporate function. Common events include bachelorette parties, showers, birthdays, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, Sweet 16 Corporate Events and functions. Hands On HealthCare Massage Therapy claims its licensed massage therapists and estheticians provide clients with the ultimate experience in attention, service and care.

Hands On HealthCare Massage Therapy and Wellness Day Spa

Marla Kaplan-Pelle, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Lymphatic Therapist, Director

208 Commack Road, Commack, NY 11725

631.462.4263







Video Photo Booths

Video Photo Booths – The Hottest New Craze!

What’s the hottest new craze in photo booths?It’s the Video Booth!

The video booth not only gives your guests a memorable photo but now they can make a short video for the host or hostess.Your guests can now capture the emotion and essence of the event.

Philly Photo Booths has introduced the video booth.Philly Photo Booths has incorporated video booths into their photo booths.Philly Photo Booths clients can now choose a photo booth, a video booth or both.The technology allows Philly Photo Booths to customize the photo booth for each client’s request.

Philly Photo Booths has made it simple to use.With the touch of a button, your guests can take four photos for their photo booth memento and then record a short video message for their host or hostess.The video don in the booth is a private setting and your guests can record their personalized, heartfelt message.

Thomas F. Rzaca, owner of Philly Photo Booths stated “This is the most personalized memento.The guests get to express their gratitude and well wishes.And the host or hostess can view the personal messages over and over again.”

Philly Photo Booths has the option available for the host or hostess to leave a brief message for each of their guests.So as your guests go into the photo booth and get ready to take their pictures, your guests are treated to a short, heartfelt message from their host or hostess.

Of course, the host or hostess can choose just to do a video booth also.The guests go in and do a short video.It can be a personal message to the host or hostess or it can be a fun interactive video.But either way, the guests have a blast!The guests even get to see themselves as they record their video.And it’s all done with a touch of a button!

At the end of the event, Philly Photo Booths then compiles all of the personal messages onto a DVD for the host or hostess.And all of the magical moments are captured for a permanent personalized moment.

Mr. Rzaca stated “I’m always amazed at the look on the host or hostess face when we present the DVD.They are just so thrilled and excited.They can’t wait to see all the fun.And the best part is they will be able to relive the experience over and over again.”

Another great feature of the video booth is the ability and ease to email and upload the videos.Now your guests can get their photos printed and also email their photos and video messages to themselves or to their friends.They can also immediately upload their pictures or videos to Facebook.So anyone not able to attend the event, can still eNJoy all the fun.

Mr. Rzaca stated “In a world where everyone is connected, it’s great to be able to offer the fun immediately on our social media outlets.”

So for your next event, get the fun of a photo booth with the excitement of video!

K1 Speed Brings Indoor Karting to Santa Clara, California


Irvine, CA (PRWEB) October 06, 2011

K1 Speed, the nation’s largest indoor go kart racing company, with nine centers currently open or in development across the United States, is opening its newest location in Santa Clara, California. After successfully opening and operating indoor kart tracks in Southern California and the Pacific Northwest, K1 Speed is quickly expanding, and is now bringing its renowned centers to the Northern California market. In doing so, the company is bringing the thrill and excitement of electric indoor karting to a whole new group of racing fans. The indoor kart racing facility in Santa Clara is designed to live up to the high standards that K1 Speed is known for – featuring a professionally designed race track and 50,000 sq. ft. of space, the center is home to high performance electric karts that are capable of 45 mph. These eco-friendly go karts offer superior performance to their gas-powered alternatives, while having a low environmental impact.

Like K1 Speed’s facilities in Southern California, Washington State, Florida, and Arizona, K1 Speed Santa Clara will allow both novices and experienced drivers (and children who meet the 58″ height requirement) to experience an authentic racing atmosphere that will satisfy even the most demanding of drivers. Featuring a challenging combination of straights and tight corners, the track allows individuals to explore their limits, as well as those of the electric go karts; however, safety barriers and electronic shutdown ensure that racers do so in a safe and controlled environment. When not racing head-to-head, individuals can take advantage of the spacious lobby, which features video games, a Pit Cafe that serves snacks and refreshments, and musuem-quality racing memorabilia such as race suits, helmets, jerseys, autographed artwork and photography, and genuine race cars. And for those simply looking to relax and take a breather between races, there is ample and comfortable seating, large projection screens with live race data, and plasma televisions.

K1 Speed Santa Clara will tie into every K1 Speed center, allowing new racers to compare their performance against other drivers. Utilizing the live K1 Speed Race Scoring timing system, racers can see first-hand how their performance stacks up against the nearly one million racers who have walked through K1 Speed’s doors. The scoring system analyzes and keeps track of lap times and performance against other racers, and provides an overall rank which will go up as individuals improve their skills over time. The system is a great tool for racers who want to keep track of their progress on repeat visits.

In addition to offering “Arrive and Drive” racing to the public, K1 Speed Santa Clara also offers packages for team building exercises, corporate functions, birthday parties, bachelor and bachelorette parties, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, and other special events such as product launches. The facility has on-site meeting rooms with complete audio / visual systems, which include projection screens, plasma televisions, DVD players, and Wi-Fi Internet access. Quite simply, the meeting rooms have everything that a business would need to host a meeting or conduct a group presentation, making K1 Speed Santa Clara a unique alternative to standard meeting venues. Catering services can also be arranged, and race packages are a popular option for groups renting out rooms.

In keeping with its environmentally-friendly approach to business, K1 Speed Santa Clara incorporates energy efficient lighting and more sustainable business practices to help eliminate waste and reduce costs. K1 Speed Santa Clara is conveniently located for residents of the greater Bay area, including San Jose, Sunnyvale, Silicon Valley, San Mateo, Oakland, and San Francisco.

About K1 Speed:

K1 Speed was founded in 2003 and is the nation’s largest indoor kart racing chain. Each facility boasts 50,000-90,000 sq. ft. of space which features real road courses, meeting rooms, snack bars and spacious lobbies with genuine racing memorabila. Visitors can take advantage of a variety of different race packages to race against their friends or the clock. K1 Speed can accommodate 10 to 800 guests and offers a unique venue for corporate functions, team building events, birthday parties, bachelor parties or other private ceremonies.

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PoemsToGo featured at Fox News.


Providence, Rhode Island (PRWEB UK) 15 December 2012

PoemsToGo is a wholly unique Internet source for original poems, speeches and toasts.

Prospective customers simply go to Poemstogo to place their poem, speech or toast orders for any occasion, from birthdays to anniversaries, bar mitzvahs to retirements, weddings to baby showers and more.

Amy Miller started PoemsToGo some eleven years ago. She said “It was always my dream to start a business just like this. To provide people with fun, heartfelt words for the most meaningful occasions in their lives.”

Today, Miller’s PoemsToGo is a vibrant going concern, serving customers — new and repeater alike, worldwide — on a daily basis. On any given day, a number of customers will get online and request poems, speeches or toasts. With their order, they’ll receive the exclusive PoemsToGo questionnaire. They fill it out in minutes and email it back to Miller who provides that material to one of her staff writers. Finished poems, speeches and toasts are usually sent to customers within five business days.

Ms. Miller has indeed fulfilled her goal of establishing a leading custom poem, speech and toast business. Her inspiration for starting the business stems, in her own words, strictly from her father who’s advice for his young daughter included this inscription that she found on one of his notebooks: “Publish or perish.”

Tragically, Ms. Miller lost her father when his private plane malfunctioned and crashed. She was only twelve years old at the time but memories of her father have sustained her in many ways, and in a certain sense, PoemsToGo is Miller’s salute to the dad that she still loves so much.

Recently, Fox News’s Small Business Center learned about PoemsToGo and all the excitement it engenders with customers everywhere. Fox’s Matthew Rocco contacted Miller and as a result of their conversation, he wrote up an item that appeared online at Fox. The full account follows here:

http://smallbusiness.foxbusiness.com/entrepreneurs/2012/12/05/entrepreneur-listened-to-dad-advice-publish-or-perish/

For more information on PoemsToGo, contact Amy Miller directly at 401-270-7386 or at Poemstogo.







Abbey Photography Gives Customers Instant Gratification With ProShow Slideshow Software


Austin, TX (PRWEB) December 20, 2011

Photodex, digital slideshow tool provider, today announced Abbey Photographers has increased customer satisfaction and built interest in its business by more than 60% with the use of its innovative slideshow technology. Because of Photodex’s ProShow Producer, Abbey Photographers has received thousands of website hits per wedding after posting slideshows online and through social media channels, and given clients instant gratification by uniquely incorporating digital slideshows at their events.

The Background

Neal Clipper, owner of Abbey Photographers took over his parent’s photography business in 1994 with hopes to expand into more wedding and commercial photography. He never dreamed how quickly the business would expand, and over the course of 17 years he took the company from shooting 50 weddings, bar mitzvah’s and corporate events per year to 250. Today Abbey Photographers is known for giving clients maximum coverage with, when the event dictates, four, or more photographers at a single event, and for capturing rare moments and reactions at life’s major events exceptionally well.

While building up the business, Neal focused on separating himself from the competitors by giving his clients something to really “wow” them. He sought out tools to draw more attention to the events and showcase his images as the event was unfolding. After discovering digital slideshow technology, he studied tools in the marketplace and discovered that ProShow Producer offered the most comprehensive option available.

The Process

1. With the goal of instant gratification in mind, Neal began incorporating the slideshows into the events as early as possible. Before the bride and groom even arrive at the reception, Abbey Photographers uses the ProShow Wizard to compile a slideshow using the best pictures from the ceremony, and places it in an 8×10 digital photo frame at the couple’s table so they can be the first to discover the instant replay of their first few moments as husband and wife together.

2. Abbey then compiles a slideshow of 100 images taken through the day and projects them at the reception on a large 6′ x 9″ screen, creating excitement and fun reactions as the wedding party and guests see themselves dancing and mingling.

3. Abbey posts a slideshow video on Vimeo and then posts the link on their Facebook page, while providing barcodes on each of the photos allowing guests to scan them with their phone for easy purchasing from their website later on.

4. Abbey then follows up by sending mini DVD disc versions of the recap to the bride and groom 10 days later so they can send “thank you’s” to the bridal party and family members, as well as one more slideshow posted on both Facebook and Vimeo using the “best of the best” photos.

5. The bride and groom can share the slideshow with her friends who have the opportunity to purchase photos from the Abbey Photographers website.

Supporting Quotes – Neal Clipper, Photographer and Owner of Abbey Photographers:


“Slideshows help to create excitement at both the weddings and bar mitzvahs. Our customers and guests are so thrilled to immediately watch their photography unfold before their eyes instead of waiting for weeks. They have the instant gratification packaged in a way that is meaningful, professional and most of all gratifying.”
“With ProShow Producer, the special effects and possibilities are really limitless. It’s what separates me from ordinary photographers. People seek Abbey Photographers because of our unrivaled service and ProShow has no doubt helped us stand out as one of the best full-service photographers in our market.”
“We have 13 year olds asking their moms if they can hire us for their bar mitzvahs. They see the excitement at other events and want the same thing.”
“For photographers new to slideshows, don’t be afraid to experiment. It’s the best way to find out your perfect formula for success.”

The Solution Neal determined ProShow Producer was best for the following reasons:

Comprehensive Set of Tools – ProShow Producer offers the most comprehensive set of tools that includes 700 styles & transitions, motion effects, timing control, instant show creation, keyframe animations, image editing, video and song trimming, custom branding, watermark protection, customized soundtracks and voiceovers, and caption creation.
Multiple Output Options – With over 40 popular formats for watching on TV, online, and other devices, ProShow Producer easily allows the posting of shows on Facebook, Vimeo and YouTube. Users may also burn their shows directly to DVD, Blu-ray and CD or add a professional touch with Hollywood-style movie menus.
Customer Service – Photodex offers free, 7-day a week, live phone and email support even for those trialing the product. Every support person is based in the US and is diligently trained on the product line, with constant on-going training to keep them up-to-date on the latest waves of technical issues that pop up. With more than 20 years of digital imaging experience, the group is serious about slideshows and dedicated to delivering exceptional products, support and service to customers.
Large User-base – The Photodex family of HD slideshow tools is used by millions of people to turn their photos and videos into amazing stories for any screen at home, online and on-the-go. With a high level of users it’s easy to find answers to questions on popular forums such as the ProShow Enthusiasts Forum and the vibrant Photodex Facebook group.

About Photodex

Photodex helps consumers and professional photographers create unique slideshows that transform their digital memories into something special. The ProShow family of HD slideshow tools is used by millions of people to turn their photos and videos into amazing stories for any screen at home, online and on-the-go. With more than 20 years of digital imaging experience, we’re serious about slideshows and dedicated to delivering exceptional products, support and service to our customers.

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Celebrations of Life Releases New Selection of Birthday Party Templates


San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) January 02, 2013

Carole Galassi, CEO and founder of Celebrations of Life, announced that the firm has released new birthday templates at its online store. A premiere provider of project templates, the company has products that assist consumers in celebrating the special occasions of their lives. “Our templates are easy to use and provide the customer with a professional end result product,” said Galassi.

The new birthday templates are compatible with Microsoft Word, Publisher, OpenOffice and Apple iWorks pages. Templates are available for children’s parties, Bar Mitzvahs, general birthdays and a variety of adult milestone birthday celebrations. The firm’s selection provides anyone with an efficient and cost effective means of obtaining professional-quality templates that are fun to send and an honor to receive.

Visitors can easily purchase and download the desired template for printing at home, print on demand projects, or printing at their local office supply store or print shop. Individuals can also choose to have projects completed with the professional printing services offered at Celebrations of Life.

Colorful backgrounds, photo invitations, and imaginative child-oriented themes featuring cowboys and pirates, along with whimsical fairies and princesses, are offered that appeal to younger celebrants. For the adult birthday, customers can choose from chic and classy templates with fashionable flair. It doesn’t matter whether the festivities will take place at a BBQ on the beach or the trendiest locale, Celebrations of Life has templates to address every need.

The firm offers templates in over 20 categories, ranging from professional business packages to elegant templates appropriate for the most solemn of occasions. Templates can be acquired featuring the work of Thomas Kincade and the popular plantable seed collection. Visitors to the site will also find custom candle templates for gifting, along with calendars and stylish party favors.

Fans can follow the firm on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CelebrationsOfLifeStore, on Twitter at https://twitter.com/funeralprograms, on Pinterest at http://pinterest.com/carolegalassi/birthday-party-invitations-templates/ and on Google Plus at https://plus.google.com/117756877911566362131/posts. The site maintains an informative blog and article archive to address an extensive array of occasion-related topics.

The release of the new birthday templates at the Celebrations of Life Store provides clients around the world with fun and fashionable templates for cards, invitations and favors to accommodate any type of birthday celebration. A leader in the creation of templates ranging from classy to flights of fancy, the firm is dedicated to providing consumers with cost effective solutions for all celebratory and printing needs.

Celebrations of Life can be reached toll-free by phone at 1-800-773-9026. For more information, visit the website at http://www.celebrationsoflifestore.com.