Harrisburg Magazine’s Simply the Best Gala 2015

Pulsing with energy . . . Over-the-top . . . Breathtaking. These are just some of the words that Harrisburg Magazine used to describe last August’s Simply the Best Gala.

Guests’ feedback was exceptionally positive too! One guest stated that the event “…was one of the most beautifully designed events I have attended. Truly out did yourselves.”

The Simply the Best Gala was spearheaded by The JDK Group’s Senior Wedding and Event Producer, David Everett, who coordinated the work of 16 sponsors for an event worthy of over 800 guests!

In case you might have missed it, here’s what everyone was raving about:

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Last year’s event was full of simply show-stopping decor. Following a contemporary, steampunk theme, JDK transformed a hotel ballroom into a theatrical work of art that invited guests into an open, but distinct space.

Reclaimed wooden pillars with open satin curtains at their sides extended to the ceiling and surrounded lounge areas for an inviting, but private space. These lounge area cabanas were complete with leather couches, wooden tables and floral-laden light fixtures that created a very comfortable ambiance.

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The rest of the ballroom was energized by contemporary light fixtures and texturized, moving lighting design.  An exposed Edison light bulb chandelier suspended above the dance floor was a perfect steampunk focal point for the space.

Tables were adorned with silver linens in a variety of textures and presented with several floral, wooden and metal centerpieces. Guests mixed and mingled amongst a variety of seating tables and communal bar-height rectangular tables with chiavari barstools.

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Steampunk dressed models occupied the main entrance of the ballroom in order to set the tone and create a living photo backdrop design for guests. As the party began, the models came to life and mingled with guests – making a living representation of the theme for the night.

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JDK characterizes this event as Inspiring, Anticipatory, and Rewarding.

Inspiring- This gala is not just a celebration for Simply the Best Candidates. It holds a silent auction to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Central Pa. It is truly inspiring to everyone here at JDK to see so many Central Pa. companies band together for such an amazing cause.

Anticipatory– JDK has partnered with Harrisburg Magazine for several years to produce this gala, but every year attendees are eager to see what new theme the event captures! Guests look forward to this celebration not only to see the ballroom transformation, but to honor all of the hard work of so many Central Pa. companies.

Rewarding- We are honored to be a part of such a fun event because every year it energizes us! It challenges us to produce an event that goes above and beyond the previous year’s.

It is important to our team to always be our best and it is a privilege to be voted Simply the Best Caterer for the past 12 years. A special “Thank You!” to our clients and our community for all of your support!

We are so excited to see what this year brings for the 2o16 gala!

Vote for the best Central Pa. companies for 2016 HERE.

Photography:  Leslie Gilbert Photography
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