Working hand in hand with Dayla Arabella, one of our favorite clients, the Corinthian Events team traveled to New York City to handle décor for the Catholic Extension's fifth annual Spirit of St. Francis awards ceremony and dinner at the Metropolitan Club. Catholic Extension, a national organization that financially supports Catholic ministries among the poor and marginalized, honored Robert Unanue, president and CEO of Goya Foods Inc., and Peter Unanue, executive vice president of Goya Foods Inc., for their work in Puerto Rico's recovery from Hurricanes Irma and Maria last year. It was our mission to merge these concepts– Catholic Extension, Goya Foods, and the tropics of Puerto Rico, into the evening's decor capturing the power of organizations coming together to help those in need.
The Metropolitan club has a very traditional feel to the room deep red, gold and wood. Our goal was to bring a bit of Puerto Rico into the Metropolitan Club while also complimenting the exiting décor which has a very traditional feel to it. We achieved this by bringing in touches of color into the floral centerpieces, adding custom table runner, custom graphics and lush greenery to the room. Accents of Puerto Rico were evident but not out of place in this beautiful room.
The night was about honoring Goya which itself has Puerto Rican roots, as the company was founded in Puerto Rico in 1936. We wanted to make sure Goya was in the spotlight all night.
Specialty drinks at the bar featured various Goya brand beverages which were displayed on the bar. Again, you can see the elegance of The Met Club married with the colorful, festive energy of Goya brand foods.
A Goya bean can display inside a clear podium made it evident who guests were there to honor. Here is a closer look at the Goya podium (Don't worry, the cans are empty. No food went to waste!) Who knew they had so many styles of beans!
Let's not forget the specially created entrée seasoning – Goya Adobo Spiced File Mignon! A brilliant idea by Dayla Arabella! Check out her website at daylaarabella.com!
Capturing the essence of an event – the spirit of why so many people will be in one place – can be essential to the event's success. So what happens when you try to blend Catholic charitability, a food company proud of its heritage, and a strong, resilient island and one great client Dayla Arabella to tie it all together? Another Corinthian success, of course!
Proceeds from the event will benefit Catholic Extension's Patrons of Puerto Rican Fund.