Constance Milstein and Michelle JavianHiroo Takayama and Craig R SmithDr Oz at Harboring Hearts Benefit

Annual Fall Benefit

J Marshall Events was honored to team up with Harboring Hearts to assist with their Annual Fall Benefit. A non-profit organization Co-Founded by Michelle Javian and Yuki Kotani, Harboring Hearts provides financial and moral support to families of those receiving cardiac treatments.

JME worked closely with Michelle, Katherine Ronberg and the Harboring Hearts team for almost 7 months which culminated in an exciting event at the fabulous Core Club in Manhattan. The program included live music, honoree awards, a silent auction, speeches and a specially produced video.

Guests, Sponsors and Honorees

The almost 200 guests included families who have received Harboring Heart’s support, sponsors of the Foundation and Honorees, Constance Milstein and Dr. Hiroo Takayama. The show was hosted by the charming Ryan Serhant (Million Dollar Listing, While we’re Young) and an effervescent Dr. Mehmet Oz (The Dr. Oz Show) stepped in to emcee the electronic fundraising component powered by Givergy (formerly Daana).

Nikki James at Harboring Hearts BenefitMusic and Desserts

The evening wound down with a couple of songs from Tony Award Winning performer, Nikki James. However, the guests were having so much fun enjoying the performance along with the amazing dessert donations that the doors remained open for quite a while longer.

Compassion and Resilience

It was a long production day but a very moving experience to be surrounded by people with such compassion and resilience. Harboring Hearts has helped many families of all ages and through support and donations will continue to do so for many years.

Photos © Andrew Werner
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Cardinal Turkson Q&A Session at UNICEFWhat an eventful time we’ve had at J Marshall Events! Recently, JME helped UNICEF to introduce Cardinal Turkson as he led a discussion for over 100 people on climate change and how it is affecting today’s children and future generations. The Cardinal, who works closely with Pope Francis, discussed how today’s society needs to make efforts to take care of our environment in order to preserve it for generations to come.

The insightful remarks by Cardinal Turkson were followed up by a great Q&A session from members of several Child-Focused Agencies like ChildFund, Save the Children, and SOS among others. Overall another wonderful and great event with UNICEF!

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City Internships Industry Panelists on Rooftop in Midtown, ManhattanI was thrilled to be asked to join the Industry Panel for City Internships a couple of weeks ago, along with fellow panelists Jacquelyn White and Ian McAfee! As a member of the panel, I was asked to discuss what it’s like owning my own business, how I got started in the events world, and all of the different paths that lead me to where I am today. In a Q&A session with students from around the world, I was able to share my own thoughts and experiences in the business world, as well as answer the many questions they had for me.

Julie-Ann speaking at the City Internships Industry PanelCity Internships is a brilliant program that allows international students to work at internships in London, New York, and Los Angeles. After the Q&A there was an informal reception and I was able to meet many students from the UK who are studying in New York. I was able to talk with them and hear all about their own experiences and share my own on a more personal level. A big thanks to City Internships (check out their blog to learn more!) for the wonderful opportunity to share more about J Marshall Events and chat with so many amazing individuals.


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The Global Innovation Team - Global Innovation Fund

The Global Innovation Team

“Transforming ideas into impact” - Global Innovation Fund

The Global Innovation Fund provides resources and funds investments in social innovations to help improve the lives of people around the world.  The founding members of the Innovation Fund include the Walt Disney Company and the Government of Denmark.

3-day Event

The summer began over here at J Marshall Events with a 3-day project for UNICEF celebrating innovation! We were thrilled to help launch UNICEF’s new Global Innovation Fund, which focuses on the future of technology and how it can be used  to improve the lives of children around the world. The Global Innovation Centre event involved us building temporary walls for the exhibition and managing multiple events including a press and media launch, reception, meetings and workshops. We also had several re-sets, which took place late evening so a big thank you goes out to my whole team.

Global Innovation Centre Display Wall - Global Innovation Fund

The Global Innovations Display Wall

Oculus Virtual Reality

I was fortunate enough to try the new virtual reality oculus gear – and it was amazing!. Viewers like myself experienced the bittersweet video, “Clouds over Sidra”, a glimpse into the everyday experience of a young girl living in the Za’atari Syrian refugee camp. The experience was haunting and I’m not ashamed to admit that I cried at the end.

People wearing virtual reality headsets - Global Innovation Fund

Oculus Virtual Reality

Global Innovation Centre

The virtual reality experience was only one example of the wonderful and innovative technological advances showcased at UNICEF’s exhibition. With partners ranging from the private sector to academia, UNICEF’s Global Innovation Centre shows the promise of helping children through technological advances and innovation.


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Bring Your Dog To Work Day LogoFriday 26th June is Bring Your Dog To Work Day in the United Kingdom, and all of us at J Marshall Events, being dedicated dog lovers, are proud to support this worthy event, organised by HOWND®. All proceeds this year are going to All Dogs Matter, a wonderful dog rescue charity based in London and Norfolk that re-homes hundreds of dogs each year.

You as a business, or an individual employee, can become a sponsor by visiting the Bring Your Dog To Work Day website and making a donation online or by text, and uploading your Company Logo or a doggy selfie.

So what are you waiting for? Go ahead, raise some money for All Dogs Matter, increase your job satisfaction and have some fun at work with your beloved pooch.  We are lucky enough to do that everyday with our JME Family Member, Georgie Girl.


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GREAT British Baby Shower HostsI was thrilled to attend the GREAT British Baby Shower at the British Residence, a charity event co-hosted by the British Consulate-General and St. George’s Society of New York in honor of the upcoming birth of the Royal baby.

Attendees bought donations of diapers (nappies) and wet wipes for Baby Buggy a charity that helps families with young children, and a silent auction raised funds for St. George’s Society.

JAM and Zanna Roberts RassiThere were moving speeches including one from guest speaker Zanna Roberts Rassi - Senior Fashion Editor at Marie Claire and fashion correspondent for E! News – who talked about the joyful arrival of her new twins and how she juggles motherhood and her busy career.

Being a huge fan of Project Runway I was particularly excited to meet Zanna who also comes from the North of England, and she is every bit as lovely as she appears on TV. It was an event fit for a Royal!  And talking of Royal's, my pal Michael-Ann Rowe correctly guessed the weight of Princess Charlotte, and won a fabulous Sweetie Bracelet.

Baby Buggy

JAM and Michael-Ann with donationsFounded in 2001, Baby Buggy’s mission is to provide families in need with essential gear, clothing, products and services for children up to 14 years-old with the goal of improving their safety, health and well-being.

St. George’s Society

St. George’s Society of New York was founded in 1770 by English settlers for the purpose of offering advice and relief to fellow Englishmen in need or distress. Its mission today is to assist disadvantaged people of British and Commonwealth heritage living in the New York area.

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1 in 11 LogoFor our first event of 2015, JME were especially delighted to manage the press launch of the 1 in 11 Campaign Initiative in early January. UNICEF, the FC Barcelona Foundation and Reach out to Asia (ROTA) have formed a partnership to address the global problem of 58 million children (1 in 11) being out of school.  The goal of the 1 in 11 Campaign is to reach disadvantaged children through the power of sport within education giving every child a chance to fulfill their potential.

1 in 11 Press Launch

The event premiered the 1 in 11 campaign film featuring sports stars Lionel Messi and Serena Williams demonstrating their own “Keep Ups” challenge and inviting fans to join them at

Speakers included FC Barcelona President, Josep Maria Bartomeu, ROTA (Reach Out To Asia) Executive Director Essa Al Mannai and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, with a special appearance by artist Takashi Murakami.

A great way to “kick off” the New Year!

Sotheby's 1 in 11 Auction

Artworks donated to support the 1 in 11 Campaign, including two specially commissioned works by Takashi Murakami and Damien Hirst, will be in auction at Sotheby's in London on the 12th of February 2015.

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CRC 25th Anniversary at UNICEF

CRC @ 25

Kirsten Sandberg at CRC podium

Kirsten Sandberg

This year, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) celebrated its 25th year. The CRC is an international human rights treaty protecting children under the age of eighteen, and currently 194 countries are working to protect the social, political, economic, health and cultural rights of children. On Thursday 20th November, 2014, the UN hosted several high-level events to honor this anniversary which included a concert, panel discussion, a launch with keynote speakers and a cocktail reception for the Queen and Prime Minister of Sweden.

Having produced the 20th Anniversary of the CRC at the General Assembly 5 years ago, JME was thrilled to be part of the UNICEF team once again.  With 5 events back-to-back in different locations it certainly was a full day, starting with the launch of the UNICEF #IMAGINE project with Hugh Jackman and Yoko Ono, and finishing with a cocktail reception for HM Queen Silvia.

CRC Gallery

Hannah Godefa at the CRC

Hannah Godefa & Julie-AnnOnce again, JME was delighted to work with the amazing Hannah Godefa, who moderated the launch of the State of the World’s Children Report and with the incredible Chernor Bah. The day ended with a high-level reception catered by renowned Swedish Chef Ulrika Bengtsson, and with remarks from Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, and Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF, Yoka Brandt.

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Imagine Concert on YouTube

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Foreign Press AssociationFounded in New York in 1918, the Foreign Press Association has long represented foreign journalists working in the United States. The FPA originated with 11 members and has grown to include more than 400 journalists from around the world. Formed in the later years of World War I, the organization traveled to army camps and factories to cover war stories. After the war, the FPA expanded to include radio correspondents and created new offices in Washington D.C.

David P. MichaelsThe Foreign Press Association is now under the leadership of President David P. Michaels and is changing to reflect the new era of journalism. With the growth of digital media, journalism has changed significantly in the past twenty years with individuals constantly checking computers, phones, and tablets for the latest updates on global news.

In this new era, the FPA is reaching out to the next generation of journalists with the FPA Scholarship Fund. This initiative awards an international graduate student for his or her excellence in writing. The FPA has also granted Foreign Press Awards to accomplished individuals in fields of study such as the arts, sciences, and politics. Well-known past recipients include Albert Einstein and Tennessee Williams.

FPA Dinner 2014 During this time of change, J Marshall Events is thrilled to be working with David P. Michaels, Michael-Ann Rowe (Chair of Events Committee), and fellow committee members Cindy A. Fields and Simon Erskine Locke. We are busy preparing for the upcoming holiday reception, with outreach to young local journalists and planning even more projects for the new year!

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Climate Summit 2014The JME team has done it again! Another UN General Assembly week has come and gone and we have survived! Indigenous People and their TerritoriesWe kicked-off the week with the UNICEF Rapid Innovation breakfast meeting on Monday followed by UNDP’s Forests Pavilion for the Climate Summit 2014 on Tuesday. On Wednesday the busy week continued with the ‘No Lost Generation’ high-level meeting, which addressed protecting the futures of children affected by the Syrian crises.

All In! Towards ending the AIDS epidemic among adolescentsWe wrapped up with the 'All In! Towards ending the AIDS epidemic among adolescents' event at the Delegates Dining Room with speeches from young people living with aids. Hearing the various speakers throughout the week was incredibly inspiring and the rooms were packed to capacity. Guests included heads of state, ministers from multiple world governments and high-level CEOs.

Georgie Girl YawningWorking the GA meant being up and ready to go early in the morning, and the team was at the office before 7am all week. Georgie, our personal K9, was not a fan of the early mornings and remained fast asleep as we made last minute edits to Runs of Show. Security around the UN complex was even tighter this year due to current events,Press outside the UN and more than 140 World Leaders attended various functions throughout the week. We were lucky enough to be at the UN when President Obama and Secretary of State, John Kerry passed by onto another meeting. Just another day in the life of a special events production team!

Georgie is glad to have us back in the office and we are happy to have time to take her for an afternoon “meeting” stroll. After a bit of rest, the team is ready for another exciting challenge. Stay tuned to see what comes next!

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