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Event Recap: MizzouThon 2023

In early July, the World Para Powerlifting (WPPO) Parapan American Open Championships came to St. Louis. It was the first time an international competition for the sport of Para Powerlifting has been hosted in the United States, and we had the privilege of producing and streaming the event.

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The Single Most Overlooked Part of Event Production

Even if they don’t understand the details, clients can appreciate the years of experience needed to make sure that the program runs smoothly and the technology works as intended. Mostly. But there’s a part of event production that’s almost universally overlooked. Something that even some production staff take for granted…

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Projectors, LED Walls, or TVS: What’s Right For Your Event?

Screens are a critical part of almost every event—galas, auctions, fundraisers, workshops, parties—you’ll almost always need some kind of way to give visual information to your audience. But how do you know exactly what kind of screen (and how many) you’ll need?

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The 2023 Guide to Special Event Lighting

No event is complete without breathtaking lighting, but there are so many options; where do you start? In this simple guide, we’ll walk you through the most common types of event lighting (and when to use them).

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Hosting a drive-in event can be a great way to bring your organization, family, and friends together while ensuring the safety of everyone in attendance. It can also just be a fun a way to do something different! Here are five types of drive-in events to help inspire your creativity.


What does hybrid mean for the event industry? With large gatherings now back in vogue, are hybrid events still relevant? Is it a passing fad, the future of event planning, or something else all together?

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6 Questions To Ask Your Videographer

Working with a professional videographer can be overwhelming; there are a lot of details to consider. Here are some of the questions that we’ve found to be the most helpful while laying the groundwork for a new project.

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(A Few Reasons) Why AV Prices Everywhere Are Going Up

More organizations than ever are returning to in-person (or hybrid) events, and many of our clients are concerned about the increase in prices they’re seeing from 2019. Professional event production has gotten more expensive; why?

11 Types of Videos for Your Nonprofit Event Campaign

People are drawn to good storytelling, and video tells stories (and holds people’s attention) more effectively than any other medium. Video allows you to tell your stories in a uniquely engaging way; you can include powerful imagery, compelling music, see and hear directly from whoever’s speaking, and unlock endless creative potential.

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Your live auction is one of the most crucial parts of your evening to get right; a creative timeline led by a professional benefit auctioneer can help you blow away your fundraising goals. In this article, we’re going to walk you through three simple ways to get more out of your next live auction.