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Presence goes beyond event coordination to bring revenue and community based results by creating the atmosphere to meet individual client needs.  We are not just project managers and planners, we ideate with our clients to bring to life original ideas based on proven methods that work to your strengths.  We rarely wash, rinse repeat concepts.

Our work goes from big picture ideas to fine tuning details that make your guest experience remarkable.  

Our success is rooted in our ability to read the market and an understanding of how events can be designed to create opportunities to meet objectives and help our clients work smarter not harder.

Mallory and Kelsey’s hard work and expertise in the market lead to a festival that greatly exceeded our programming goals and our ticket sales. In the end, the 3 day festival with multiple events including dinners, panel discussions and a All-Star chef BBQ was flawlessly executed without hiccups.
— Daniel Stedman, Owner Northside Media Group



We sit down with our clients and discuss the nature of the event and get a foundational knowledge of its purpose


We deep dive into goals, discuss successes and failures and uncover strengths.


We brainstorm ideas with clients and come up with a plan that solves problems and can meet goals.


Budgeting + Coordination

We keep all planning transparent and include clients in all choices.  We operate as the single point of contact for all vendors and keep the coordination organized and to budget.

Orchestrate + execute

We make sure every detail is polished and are present to ensure your event goes off without a hitch.




Objective: To exceed prior years’ in event fundraising efforts and
to differentiate from the same food based event concepts to stand out in the crowd.

The Idea

In one night, bring together top level Chicago based chefs to cook a 3 course meal and dessert reception.  Create a captive audience with program and auction.  Create other fundraising opportunities in lieu of a silent auction.  Execute a new concept that will keep guests talking for months.  

The Plan

20 chefs were asked to cook for 20 guests each a three course meal plus amuse. 5 dessert chefs were approached to create biteable sweets after the dinner and program.  

Curate unique sponsor activations for event enhancement that go beyond placement and sampling.

Create a new avenue for fundraising in lieu of silent auction.

Develop a microsite for the event to drive sales.  

The Event

400 guests arrived for a cocktail hour with sponsor activations incorporated with the theme “Local Markets”

20 Chefs, including Paul Kahan, Grant Achatz, Rick Bayless and Sarah Grueneberg cooked a three course meal for tables of 20 guests with wine pairings.

Meal upgrades were offered during the meal for an additional donation.  These included truffle shavings, premier bottles of wine, and shellfish.  

A program consisting of partners, founding chefs, and auction with intermittent band breaks took pace over the course of dinner.

After the auction and paddle raise, guests retired to the dessert reception where Mindy Segal, Leigh Omilinsky, Sandra Holl, Dana Cree and more handed out bite size sweets on their way out.  


The new concept resulted in a 51% increase in funds raised, eliminated the silent auction concept and building a sustainable digital platform to sell tickets, update guests and promote the event.