Wednesday, July 1, 2009

McGowan Durpetti & Associates featured in BizBash

The July/August issue of BizBash magazine profiles Denise McGowan and Michelle Durpetti of McGowan Durpetti & Associates, a Chicago-based event production firm best known for producing Chicago Gateway Green's annual Green Tie Ball for the past two years.

"One summer night in 2007, a fortuitous thing happened while Michelle Durpetti--then an independent event planner--was on a riverboat cruise in Chicago. After years as a publicist at event planning and public affairs firm Jasculca/Terman and Associates, Durpetti had one thing left on her dream-job list: She wanted to work on Chicago's Green Tie Ball. 'I would have swept out bathrooms to work on that event,' she says of the Gateway Green's annual fund-raiser. 'It just seemed like the biggest and brightest and best of the social galas--I really wanted to be a part of it.'

Then, on that summertime cruise, Durpetti and Denise McGowan, another independent planner with 30 years of experience--including a nine-year stint as Navy Pier's entertainment director--who was then overseeing logistics for that summer's Green Tie Ball. A few days later, the two were working side by side as associate producers of the 3,000-guest event." --Jenny Berg, BizBash

The MD&A team is currently working on Chicago Gateway Green's 4th Annual Texas Hold 'Em charity tournament Wednesday, July 15 at Galleria Marchetti, and is set to once again produce the 2009 Green Tie Ball event for the third consecutive year. To read the complete BizBash article, press here.
For more information about the July 15 event, visit
(Photo: Nicole Radja, BizBash)

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