After a day of educational sessions, The 2017 Special Event Show kicked off this years conference with the Opening General Session. Lead by the Committee Co-Chairs Anthony Bollotta and Scott Frankel and with the theme “Anchor Your Success” the session was a great success and an inspiration.
To start off the morning attendees were greeted with a visually beautiful display by A Night to Remember, ATOMIC Design and Animatic Media. Once everyone was seated the session began with a custom live performance by E-Plus entertainment based on the song “You’ll be back” from the Broadway hit Hamilton. It was the first live performance at an Opening session in several years and it woke the audience up and blew them away!
Following the opening number, we were introduced to the show ambassadors, committee chairs and the winner of design gallery before hearing from the keynote speaker and Para-Olympic Medalist, Oz Sanchez. In a speech filled with humor, tragedy and success Oz inspired everyone in the audience to care for their mindset and persevere until you succeed. The audience was stunned when near the end of his speech, when Oz shows the results of his hard work, determination, combined and a touch of medical miracle – By standing up out of his wheelchair and walking around the stage.
The Special Event 2017 Opening general session was an inspiration to all who attended, and truly set the tone for an incredible conference.
Anthony Bollotta, Scott Frankel, Dangilo Bonilla, Marin Poelman, Pawntra Shadab, Michelle Middleton, Barbara Moore, Judy Grant,