Special Events

Exactly how “special” are your special events?

Let’s face it, most special events are really more like slow torture. Guests arrive to a drab ballroom, sit at 8-top tables, eat the same rubber chicken dinner and endure hours of endless speeches. You’ve seen them look at their watches or cellphones, wondering if they can make a quick clandestine exit.

Events like this do absolutely nothing to engage your attendees or encourage them to bring more friends the next time around.

We can help. Our unique events create buzz, get people excited about attending and assure that they are looking forward to what you’ll do next. It’s all about the details.

Let us help make your next (or new) event memorable
and really “special”.


Canandaigua National Bank

The Time Machine: CNB at 125 Years Employee Celebration

June, 2012

Canandaigua National Bank

CNB approached us to create something unique and interesting for this years special anniversary that would key off the theme of their anniversary with a nod towards the future.

We created a Steampunk-themed” party called ‘The Time Machine.” We used the space in new and unexpected ways, opening walls and revealing a uniques entertainment-dinner space. Their employees had never really been “entertained” at the dinner, we thought this would be a way to retain them longer at the event and create something so unique, unexpected and unusual, that they’d be talking about it for months to come.

We created gigantic projections, used light and sound to create atmosphere and engaged a unique entertainment group to provide non-stop engagement for all the employees.

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Lollypop Farm - The Great Catsby

Lollypop Farm

The Great Catsby at Sonnenberg Mansion & Gardens

May, 2012

The Great Catsby at Sonnenberg Mansion & Gardens

We decided to move the event to Canandaigua and create an event called ‘The Great Catsby”. Sonnenberg Mansion & Gardens was chosen for its singular ability to fully recreate and represent the 1920′s era backdrop needed for the event. We created an inside Prohibition bar, used dining and other rooms on the first floor and used much of the second floor for the Silent Auction. Outside, seating was created for all attendees on the huge wrap-around porches and in a tent that was literally attached to the house in a nearby garden. Cigar rolling, roving entertainers and even vintage china completed the period set of the event. About 90% of the attendees came in costume or with Roaring 20′s accessories.

The house was truly used as it was originally intended. One guest even commented that “…the house is truly smiling…” as the evening went on and closed with money raised and with the procurement of brand new, highly-engaged donors.

Lollypop Farm - Le BARC

Lollypop Farm

Le Barc: Bohemian Arts Revival Cabaret

May, 2011

Le Barc - Bohemian Arts Cabaret RevivalLollypop Farm had been holding a gala called Bark and Wine for several years and knew it was time to try something different. We approached them with the idea of moving the gala into the city, renaming it and creating an evening of the unexpected.

We created a Moulin-Rouge styled event. Circus performers were brought in and we transformed the ballrooms of the Memorial Art Gallery into a surreal atmosphere, complete with trees, circus tents, theatrical sets, lighting, and even a rig for the aerialists!

Partygoers moved fluidly through the event – partaking in a banquet of sights and sounds. Lollypop dramatically raised the bar for their gala and the complements just keep on coming for this utterly unique and inspiring event.

Blue - A Goodwill Boutique

ABVI GoodWill

BLUE Boutique Opening Weekend

May, 2011

Blue - A Goodwill BoutiqueABVI/Goodwill opened a new high-end boutique in Pittsford and wanted to create buzz and sales for their grand opening weekend. Philipson Group created separate events, a VIP grand opening, a Young Professionals party and a unique ribbon cutting.

A fashion runway show was created using local celebs to highlight the amazing high-end clothing available at the store. Social media networks were leveraged to create buzz and get people excited about the store. A huge blue bow, blue door greeters, a blue-carpet walk (with papparazi!) and a blue-themed bar and drinks were featured.

We had to hold back the crowds as all events were well attended (some with people waiting in line to get in!) and sales soared beyond the numbers expected!

Planned Parenthood of the Rochester/Syracuse Region

Planned Parenthood

Safer Sex Party

February, 2011

Sex Party - Planned ParenthoodPhilipson Group turned heads when we conceived of and produced the Safer Sex Party for Planned Parenthood of the Rochester-Syracuse Region (PPRSR). By transforming an old bank building at 35 State Street into a unique and exhilarating venue, Planned Parenthood was able to bust myths and negative stereotypes surrounding sexuality in an innovative way.

The event featured exciting entertainment, including light shows and huge video projections, exotic food and drink, as well as on-site shopping from some of Rochester’s sexiest boutiques. Lounging on real beds with complimentary bottle service and an aphrodisiac café (inside the bank’s old vault!) rounded out this very sexy event.

Memorial Art Gallery

Memorial Art Gallery

Psychedelic Exhibit Opening Party

October, 2010

Psychedelic Exhibit Opening PartIn October of 2010, Philipson Group produced the Memorial Art Gallery’s Opening Party for its Psychedelic Exhibit. This event wowed attendees with stunning lights, projections, music and a decidedly “groovy” atmosphere.

The iconic Cutler Union Tower was lit up like an enormous lava lamp and vintage Volkswagen vehicles filled the lawn, teasing guests before they entered. Go-go dancers greeted and entertained guests in the transformed atmosphere. Sponsorship and in-kind donations were highly leveraged and collaborations were formed.