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Bridgetown Bash! Benefits and Necessities of Hosting Annual Events in Same Location

The Vital Life Foundation held the nonprofit’s annual BridgeTown Bash event at Pure Space this summer, raising over $525,000. The foundation’s BridgeTown Bash event continues to grow in attendance and financial support, increasing guest count by over 100 and revenue by $125,000 since the inaugural BridgeTown Bash in 2012. Having held the event at Pure Space for three consecutive years and continuously improving attendance and fundraising, the bash is a combative example of how choosing a consistent host site can be an advantage—not a stagnant event “no no”.

“We combat monotony by changing up the offerings each year. Even though we’ve been at Pure Space each year and kept the Portland-style theme, we change it up with activities, entertainment, décor, food and drink. We prefer to stay at the same venue as long as we can continue to be creative in our offerings. By staying at the same venue and keeping the same date, we have built  a brand and our guests have some knowledge of what to expect” said Vital Life Foundation Marketing Coordinator, Kelsey Whittaker. This year’s new additions included shot ski; Portland Timber’s girls distributing Moonstruck boozy truffles, vodka-soaked gummy bears, and nuts; “Hangover Cure” station with an oxygen bar and more.

Hosting an annual event in the same venue over the years can have many benefits. Relationships become organically developed; venue managers, vendors, and event planners learn how to work together seamlessly, allowing more focus on creativity and bringing in new elements versus determining logistics, dimensions, and all other time consuming considerations necessary to account for in a new space. Many venues and vendors are also inclined to offer discounts, donations, and other perks to longstanding clients that accumulate over the years. Guest experience can also benefit.

“I absolutely feel that our longstanding relationship with West Coast Event Productions and Pure Space has aided in the success of the Bridgetown Bash…Our guests know where to go, where to park, and that they’ll have the chance to be indoors and outdoors. They also know that they will be surprised with new things each year. West Coast Event Productions helps us bring those “new things” to life by transforming the space each year so it does feel different, fresh, and exciting for guests that come year after year” said Whittaker.

West Coast Event Productions and Vital Life supporters are already looking forward to next year’s Bridgetown Bash. Learn more about Vital Life Foundation, their mission to “provide meaning and vitality in the lives of seniors and staff members living and working in long term care”, and other upcoming events.

Photo Credit: John Kresl

TechFestNW

“If MusicfestNW is the cool-ish, gray-haired skateboarder who has seen it all, TechFestNW is its Warby Parker-rocking little cousin who wants to be a new kind of disruptor” said Joseph Gallivan, journalist for Portland Tribune, describing the two day tech festival. Held primarily at OMSI, Tech Fest NW wrapped up their third annual event at Pure Space.

“#SiliconForest” is how NIKE Creative, David Rae, described the theme of the TFNW Official After Party to West Coast Event Productions.

“NIKE Consumer Digital Tech proudly partnered with TFNW to make Pure Space look like the best of the Northwest—trees, foliage, mountains, (and) all things Portland” said Rae. Many tech companies involved in TechFestNW leveraged the Pure Space party as a recruiting opportunity; the goal of the Northwest theme being to show potential employees that Portland is not only growing as a distinguished hub for tech companies, but is a great place to build a life.

West Coast Event Productions conveyed the Northwest theme by constructing fir tree vignettes around the venue in varying heights, along with faux rock formations as realistic bases. A 16’X30’ hand painted backdrop of a Northwest mountain mirrored a projection screen on the opposite side of the venue displaying real moving footage taken from local forests—giving guests an authentic Northwest experience.

Eight cabana lounges lined the floor to ceiling window walls on the main floors, giving TechFestNW sponsors including: Willamette Week, Yahoo!, Real Big Video, Postano, Act-On, Globe Sherpa, Elemental Technologies and Wieden + Kennedy their own real estate. Premiere event sponsor, NIKE Consumer Digital Tech, sat perched on Pure Space’s mezzanine with a branded “CODE IS KING” experience. The NIKE VIP mezzanine was highlighted with agam bars lit green and Northwest foliage centerpieces adorning tables lining the perimeter for guests to overlook the main stage.

“The design created the perfect flow for the event considering there were 800 plus guests, and all the custom Northwest elements pulled together a really cohesive look that achieved the goal of the theme. Guests were thoroughly impressed” said Rae.

“The event (TechFestNW) continues to grow each year with new innovative speakers and networking opportunities. We’re looking forward to next 2015”.

 

New Pure Space and Flex Space Venue Capacities

The newly determined Pure Space and Flex Space venue capacities have recently upped the ante for guest lists! With renovations made to enhance West Coast Event Production’s venues and properly accommodate a spectrum of attendance sizes, the venues now accommodate the following capacities:

  • Flex Space: 500
  • Pure Space: 1,550
  • Pure Space and Flex Space combined: 2,000

With limited venue options for events of this scale in Portland, Pure Space and Flex Space’s capability to host over 2,000 attendees invites opportunity to not only allow current clients to expand their guest lists and grow, but welcome larger events, and tap into the out of state convention market to the benefit of the local event industry, and Portland economy.

“Pure Space and Flex Space have always been valued for their versatility and ability to adapt to any layout and aesthetic vision–now the venues are more versatile as canvases for events for 100 to 2,000  people” remarked WCEP President, Duane Smith.

Get exclusive venue access to both Pure Space and Flex Space combined to welcome up to 2,000 of your friends, family, colleagues, supporters, and everyone to your event.

A Magical Night for Self Enhancement Inc.

 Self Enhancement Inc. celebrated the nonprofit’s first annual major fundraiser, combining two events from years past, at the Pure Space and Flex Space Portland venue Saturday, February 22. The nonprofit serving local at risk youth, was the first West Coast Event Productions client to utilize both Pure Space and Flex Space venues, turning the combined 22,000 plus square foot exclusive venue into a “A Magical Night of Wonder”, complete with aerial performers, jugglers, and a man on stilts! Regal red, and gold organza dominated the color pallet throughout the linen and enchanting lighting design, though it was the Self Enhancement student performers that stole the show. The harmonious sounds of 50 plus members of the SEI choir and band, populated with students from 13 different Portland public schools, rang throughout Pure Space, and delighted guests that donated a total of 607,000.00 to the nonprofit that evening. West Coast Event Productions donated a curricular truss structure with state of the art speakers hung in the center of the 40 foot ceiling to facilitate optimal sound to every corner of the room.

Self Enhancement Inc.’s programs positively impact hundreds of kids in the Portland community. Ninety eight percent of SEI students graduate high school in four years, with 85 percent continuing on to pursue higher education. Learn more about SEI’s performing arts, educational, and family and community programs to see how you can contribute to their effort to serve Portland’s youth. WCEP took great pleasure in the opportunity to part of this event, and help support SEI’s mission.

If you’re interested in learning about holding an event in both Pure Space and Flex Space as an exclusive venue, please contact kayse.dahl@wcep.com

 

Sleek Acrylic

West Coast Event Productions has recently expanded event rental inventory to include acrylic tables with white stretch fabric that can be illuminated any color to create an electric atmosphere. Under the same concept, WCEP constructed a new DJ booth with similar materials. See the event rentals below Nike recently utilized for a Pure Space event, adding crystal ice Chiavari chairs, and custom gobo lighting.

Self Enhancement to Combine Major Benefits into one Magical Night

Self Enhancement will be combining two of the organization’s largest fundraising events into one exceptionally magnificent evening, “Soul of the City: A Magical Night of Wonder”. The event will feature aerial artists and performers from Self Enhancement’s student choir and band, as well as an after party. See the press release for full details and ticket information, and learn about the nonprofit’s mission to help Portland’s youth.

A Magical Night of Wonder Press Release

WCEP Rang in the New Year with First Ever Public Event

West Coast Event Productions rang in the New Year by hosting their first ever public event at Pure Space in the Pearl District. The New Years in the Pearl party drew a vivacious and full crowd to the 12,500 square foot event venue.

“When I saw the email from WCEP about the NYE party I knew I had to go…West Coast Events has a reputation for producing the most incredible events in Oregon, so when I saw they were hosting a New Year’s Eve party at Pure Space, I knew it was going to be the event not to miss” said attendee Tam Everard.

Guests enjoyed performances from A-Wol aerial artists, dancers from New York, and many took advantage of the available VIP treatment—sipping cocktails from their perch in ultra-lounge seating areas with personal servers.

WCEP pulled out all the stops for the Studio 54 themed New Year’s Eve party. Lighting played a major role to create the club ambiance executed by the WCEP team. Psychedelic designs flashed on circular truss screens on either side of the venue, while DJ Sovern-T kept guests dancing from his look-out on an elevated stage as the performers entertained guests down below. Two truss palm trees framed the DJ stage, which extended out to create a lit holographic runway for guests to hop aboard and show off their moves.

Despite the fact that West Coast Event Productions has been producing and planning events for affluent corporate, nonprofit, wedding, and private clients, for over 30 years, WCEP is just now beginning to explore the opportunity of hosting fun events open to the public, utilizing Pure Space and Flex Space as venues.

We had a great time and look forward to the next event West Coast hosts” said Everard in anticipation of events to come!

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Ring in the New Year at Pure Space!

Join the coolest cats in PDX this New Year’s Eve at Pure Space for a fabulous event. Begin 2014 in style with live dance performances, succulent food, and amazing DJs in the iconic venue known for lavish and over the top affairs, Pure Space. West Coast is pulling out all the stops for a glitzy, glamorous, and groovy good time. Tickets and further information is available at NewYearsinthePearl.com . Come get your groove on!

R2C Group Walked Into a Winter Wonderland

R2C Group worked with West Coast Event Productions to throw a wonder winter wonderland holiday party at Pure Space on Saturday, December 14th. Guests entered through parted, illuminated chiffon to find a silver and white wonderland awaiting. Hors d’oeuvres by Chef Du Jour were enjoyed over silver organza draped tables, before the white dance floor filled with guests ready to demonstrate their holiday spirit and have a jolly good time.

White curly willow centerpieces accessorized with glass beads sprung up from the tabletops. Over 90 votive candles, lighting effects, moving snowflake gobo projections, and spinning mirror balls produced a dazzling ambiance.

Take a Stroll Through Pure Space, Wherever You Are

Take a virtual 360 degree tour of Pure Space on Visiting360.com with Visiting Media. Look up and down, and all around to get a true sense of the versatile, urban-chic venue located in the Pearl District. All venue details can be viewed on the Pure Space website. Take a tour of Pure Space.