Marco’s Walk-off Communion in the Palazzo Ballroom at the Venetian

Sean "Big Daddy" MckeeThis year, the Yankees debuted their new stadium to the delight of fans everywhere.  This year, the Venetian debuted their new Palazzo Ballroom to the delight of life-celebrators  everywhere.  So imagine how happy you’d be if you were Marco Siracusa, you’re a huge Yankee fan and you’re having your Communion in the Palazzo!

I Just Wanna Bang On The Drum All DayIt was only a year ago that Marco’s brother Gerry had his Communion at the Venetian, an event that was called a “Grand Slam” by all that attended.  Their parents, Gerlando and Nellie Siracusa, had a tough act to follow.  How do you create another unforgettable experience at the same venue for your other son?

Photo MontageSimple.  First, you start with a budget that would impress George Steinbrenner... then, the Venetian has the grand opening of their jaw-dropping new ballroom just in time for your reception, you add in special guest performances by DJ of the Year 2007, Sean “Big Daddy” Mckee, and professional percussionist, Howie Bongo, you set up Dance Heads, Rock Band Extreme, the Interactive Game Show, Wii Sports and a Yankee- themed Pitch Speed Cage, you make arrangements for a huge candy cart to roll out after the flaming dessert presentation, and you call us back to produce the event again. Like a 6-4-3 double play with Jeter at short stop, the team effort made it look easy.

CandylandThe highlights included Marco, Gerry, Uncle Joe and the Godfather, Joey D. doing a percussive jam session on the drums, Marco & Gerry performing a family favorite, the Burger Dance, and the custom photo montage that Gerlando put together. Setting up the projection screen in addition to the plasmas and utilizing the dance platforms as chairs for the kids made for an enjoyable theater-like experience.

Dance HeadsMarco’ s family is a lot like mine and many others who we have the honor to celebrate with,  they could have a great time with an old boom-box in the living room. However, when you combine an awesome crowd, with a first-class venue and exceptional entertainment, it’s like getting the call to move up from a t-ball  league to the majors.

Special thanks to Jeff & Jason for their collaborative-interactive efforts and as always to Dave, Jimmy, Adriatik and Carlos from the Veneitian for their hospitality and professionalism.

Encore Gallery:

Candy CartRock Band ExtremeHarry BongoYankee Pitch Cage

Live Music and DJ Entertainment Highlight the Reception at Seasons

seasons-2Emely and Steven were like many of our clients, they couldn’t decide between a band or a DJ for the entertainment so they had both!

We had the pleasure of working with The Flying Mueller Brothers, who are known for adding an Island flavor and infectious drumbeats to a packed dance floor.

Jay & Mark from Seasons ran a tight show as always just like Dave, Jimmy and Carlos do at their sister property, The Venetian.

Happy GuestsThe highlight of the evening was Emely and Steven’s choreographed first dance. It was a custom mix of a Keith Urban’s  Memories Of Us and a spicy merengue that had all of the guests cheering when they finished.

Dave Kotinsky, one of the best photographers in the business, shared some of his professional photos for this entry.

Encore Gallery:

Happy GuestsI love My Job!Happy GuestsCollage

Grand Slam- Gerry’s Communion at The Venetian


Gerry’s Communion was held at The Venetian, a first-class banquet facility located in Garfield, New Jersey.

Yankee Themed Decor and LED Up-LightingGerry and the Siracusa family definitely know how to throw a party. His dad, Gerlando, owns Golden Note Entertainment, a company like mine that provides entertainment and event production for milestone events.

Put Your Hands In the Ayer, Ay-Ayer!Like his dad, Gerry is one of the biggest New York Yankees fans I’ve ever met. He had his parents decorate the ballroom with blue and white LED’s, Yankee-themed balloons and centerpieces, and two huge plasma screens showing the back of Gerry’s unofficial Yankee uniform shirt. Everybody who walked in the room was blown away by the impressive décor. Kudos to Gerlando and his lovely wife, Nellie, for their attention to detail.

Move Over Mariano, Enter Gerry!Among many, one of the highlights of the day was the Grand Entrance. One of Gerry’s favorite players is Mariano Rivera. If you’re a Yankees fan, you know when he’s taking the field because the stadium sound system blasts the song Enter Sandman by Metallica. When it was his turn to enter the ballroom, the spotlights panned to the top of the Venetian’s staircase and all of the guests began to pump their fists. Then Gerry made his Grand Entrance and official Yankee debut as the chorus kicked in. It wasn’t quite 50,000 screaming fans, but it sure felt like it.

Marco’s Communion is next, we can’t wait!

Special thanks to the Dave, Jimmy and Carlos from the Venetian for their hospitality and professionalism.

Encore Gallery:

Tami, Gerry & FrankSinging Living On A PrayerGerry and Marco

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