I Get by with a Little Help from my Friends

Can we all just agree that friends are the best? Well, that makes talented friends even better. And we’re lucky to be surrounded by a bunch of them. One of whom is animator extraordinaire, Bryan Maxwell. In between life with two kids under 3, Bryan managed to find the time to create this animation of our logo just for fun!


We’re probably bias, but we just can’t stop watching it. We’re all, “Which letter is going to get there first? Where’s the tagline??” :) Thanks Bryan for creating an awesome ode to Rosy Events!


C&W Industrial Conference Nashville: Part Three

Remember that time I told you about how we surprised a deserving veteran and his family with a NEW, MORTGAGE-FREE HOME on stage at day two of the C&W Industrial Conference in Nashville? I know it’s hard to believe, but the third and final day of this conference only got better.

In 2014, we added a volunteer event to this conference as an opportunity for attendees to network with one another in a no-pressure environment. It proved popular enough that in 2015 there were so many volunteers we had to split the group in two!

Half of the group had a wonderful time at the Second Harvest Food Bank where they packed a staggering 11,000 pounds of food for the area’s children, families, and seniors affected by hunger.

C&W Industrial Gives Back event at Spring Conference C&W Industrial Gives Back event at Spring Conference

And given C&W’s commitment to veterans, we thought it only fitting that the other half of the volunteers spent the morning putting together 100 care packages for deployed military members through Operation Troop Aid.

C&W Industrial Gives Back event at Spring Conference

Following the volunteer event, everyone was invited out to see the home dedication. It was a truly incredible way to end a great conference and send everyone home feeling proud to have been a part of it.
Operation FINALLY HOME home dedication in Clarksville, TN Operation FINALLY HOME home dedication in Clarksville, TN


C&W Industrial Conference Nashville: Part Two

Perhaps you’ve already read about the first day of this spring conference held at the Renaissance Nashville. Well, on day two and three we really amped things up for this fun-loving crowd.

JR Martinez delivers keynote at Nashville ConferenceDay two kicked off with a keynote presentation by the incredible J.R. Martinez – veteran, actor, best-selling author, and Season 13 winner of Dancing with the Stars. He invigorated the audience with his powerful message of perseverance and optimism, but only a handful of us were prepared for what came next. J.R. has been working with Operation FINALLY HOME for sometime. We brought Operation FINALLY HOME and C&W together in 2014 for their annual charity golf outing. The funds raised from that outing helped make a home happen for an incredibly deserving veteran and his family. AND WE GOT TO SEE THE SURPRISE HAPPEN ON STAGE AFTER JR’s PRESENTATION! I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house. It certainly got the day started on a positive note.

After a long day of meetings, attendees were encouraged to spend the late afternoon at one of two networking excursions – skeet shooting at a private gun club or a one-of-a-kind experience at the Johnny Cash Museum ending with a private performance by and meet and greet with John Carter Cash (son of Johnny Cash). Let’s just say there were no shortage of volunteers for either activity.

I mean, check out these awesome photos taken by conference attendees at the Johnny Cash Museum.

Conference attendees tour the Johnny Cash museumThe_Ultimate_Cash_Experience_by_Melissa_A_on_04_29_2015_23_38 Memorabilia in the Johnny Cash Museum

The_Ultimate_Cash_Experience_by_Randy_R_on_04_29_2015_10_31 John Carter Cash gives private performance for C&W Industrial Conference Attendees

Yes, the blur on stage is the great John Carter Cash. Apologies that I didn’t snag a better picture. I was too busy being in awe.

Later that night, C&W hosted the cocktail party of all Nashvegas cocktail parties. If you want to know more about how we executed an upscale, corporate cocktail party incorporating a mechanical bull, bourbon tasting, line dancing, and live music by a band called the Hillbilly Rockstarz, click here.


Jason & Melissa’s Wedding: Chicago Yacht Club

I can’t believe it’s been a whole year since this fabulous wedding at the Chicago Yacht Club. I’m ashamed that I’m only just now sharing it! I guess I should have titled this post “Happy Anniversary Jason & Melissa” instead. :)

Jason and Melissa both love sailing so when they got engaged there was no question where they’d be tying the knot. The couple did a wonderful job including their sailing teams and other nautical details. We were honored to be a part of this wonderful celebration at the Chicago Yacht Club. Thanks to Justine Bursoni for capturing the incredible photographs!

Venue & Catering: Chicago Yacht Club
Photography: Justine Bursoni
Floral: Avant Gardenia
DJ/Specialty Lighting: A Posh Production
Ice Sculpture: Nadeau’s Ice Sculptures

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Introducing Jenny Gailey!

I couldn’t be more excited to announce this big news! The Rosy Events team just grew by a bunch of smiles, tons of great ideas, and more enthusiasm than most folks have in their pinky. Allow me to introduce our newest team member, Ms. Jenny Gailey!

Welcome Jenny Gailey!

The amazing Jenny Gailey and her adorable kiddos!

I was fortunate enough to meet Jenny while working at the Chicago Office of Tourism. She and I had a lot of fun together producing festivals and promotions for our favorite city. While there, Jenny also worked on a number of large fashion shows and other events aimed at promoting Chicago’s designers and fashion scene. She was then promoted to Private Events Coordinator for the city managed Chicago Cultural Center – a job in which the events are extremely varied and unique. You might be hosting a mayoral luncheon one day and working on a luxury wedding the next. Needless to say, Jenny knows the ins and outs of events, vendors, production schedules, and how to maintain a cool and calm composure under immense amounts of pressure.

When I decided it was time to add another event planner to Rosy Events, Jenny was the first call I made. I’m so thrilled that she said yes! At Rosy Events, Jenny will be coordinating large-scale events and promotions, offering up creative solutions, and reminding us all how lucky we are to be doing what we love every day. (Did I mention she is an eternal optimist who can’t stop doling out genuine compliments?)

Jenny lives in Rockford with her husband and two children, wild-child-curly-haired-Anne and sweet-as-can-be-Bobby. In addition to the work she’ll be doing at Rosy Events, Jenny also owns Rockford based events and marketing company, META Events.





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