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Apollo 11: 50th Anniversary Celebration

Apollo 11: 50th Anniversary Celebration

Linder is “over the moon” to be the lead event partner for the 50th anniversary celebration of Apollo 11, hosted by the National Air and Space Museum for NASA . This celebration will take place from July 16th – July 20th 2019 in various locations in the Washington area. The commemoration includes a festival on the Mall with 20 tented displays featuring hands on activities from exhibitors such as Boeing, The LEGO Group, and NASA. Perhaps one of the most anticipated features of the celebration is the “Apollo 50: Go for the Moon” program with a projection showing of the 363-foot Saturn V rocket directly onto the Washington Monument. With supporting screens, the projection tells the captivating story of Apollo 11 and the first moon landing in a way we’ve never seen before.

The free show at the Washington Monument will take place three times both July 19 and 20, at 9:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m., and 11:30 p.m.

50 years ago, millions of people gathered to witness this historic event which is still the most watched television event in U.S history, where Neil Armstrong uttered the famous words “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”. Armstrong called this flight “a beginning of a new age” and now in 2019, we can reminisce at the historical weight of this event and reflect on all the innovation that has happened since.

To learn more about the Apollo 50 Celebration, visit https://airandspace.si.edu/learn/highlighted-topics/apollo/apollo-50

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In Deep Time: Smithsonian’s New Fossil Hall

In Deep Time: Smithsonian's New Fossil Hall

The David H. Koch Hall of Fossils – Deep Time Grand Opening at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History on Saturday, June 8, 2019.

After a 5 year renovation, the David H. Koch Hall of Fossils made its dramatic reappearance to the public on Saturday, June 8, 2019. The new wing spans 31,000 feet and has a 35-foot-long, 65-million-year-old T. rex as the centerpiece of the new hall—displayed in its entirety for the first time. The exhibition underwent some major changes and now highlights the connections among ecosystems, climate, and evolution and the impact we will have on the future. Thousands of people were able to experience millions of years of history and gaze in awe at more than 700 beautifully displayed fossils. The opening weekend featured special programming and hands-on activities that included informational talks with the museum’s paleontologists, and examining real fossils.

Linder was honored to support the team at Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History with registration, show calling, and staging managing for the unveiling of the Public Opening Ceremony and the Members Preview Gala.

Read more about this internationally acclaimed exhibition in CNNUSA TodayWashingtonian, and  The Washington Post.

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More Praise for National Cherry Blossom Festival’s Pink Tie Party

Pink Tie Party earns several accolades over one month since the big event

Pink Tie Party is the official kick off to the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s month-long schedule of events. This stylish, see and be seen party sets the tone for the season and raises funds to support the Cherry Blossom Festival programming throughout the spring. The party was hosted at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center and featured a Silent Auction, food highlighting DC’s culinary scene with local restaurants and chefs, sponsorship lounges, live entertainment and art, and over-the-top-decor. One of the many activations features a server on a glammed-out tricycle serving drinks to guests. The act provided by Skylark Creative Group is called the “Pedal n’ Pour Penny-farthing”.

This year’s party created lots of buzz from the onset and continues to receive accolades from news sources like BizBash. You can spot the Pink Tie Party in articles like In Bloom: 19 Highlights From the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Projection Mapping: 3 Important Considerations, and last week’s 10 Best Ideas of the Week.

Linder managed the pre-planning and logistics of this glamorous event.

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The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade

The 2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival

On Saturday, April 13, 2019, the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade hit DC’s iconic Constitution Ave. This springtime tradition is one of the grandest events of the month long National Cherry Blossom Festival. Highlights included marching bands, elaborate floats, and enormous helium balloons, including Brainy Smurf escorted by the Linder Team!

The parade was led by Grand Marshal Anthony Anderson, star of ABC’s black-ish, and featured performances by Todrick Hall, Cece Peniston, Rayshun LaMarr, Christina Wells, the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders and so many more! The parade had 5,000 participants while over 100,000 attended in person (double the projected 50,000 attendees) and thousands more watched as it was nationally televised. Linder has sponsored, produced, and handled logistics for the parade for over a decade and are a proud partner of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

See more event coverage below:

Inside the annual Cherry Blossom Parade by ABC 7 News

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade wows crowd of 100,000 by ABC 7 News

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Linder One of the 2018 Women Who Mean Business

Washington Business Journal

Read the full story in the Washington Business Journal and see Rebecca’s profile.

The Washington Business Journal announced that Rebecca Linder, Founder and CEO of Linder Global Events, is one of 28 honorees for the 2018 Women Who Mean Business awards program. Now in its 15th year, the program saw a record number of nearly 400 nominations.

Honorees are selected by an outside panel of judges comprised of Women Who Mean Business alumni and Washington Business Journal staff. The final honorees are chosen based on criteria including commitment to community service, strong leadership skills and continuing success in their field.

These women are joining an alumni group of more than 350 women including Nicky Goren of the Meyer Foundation, Sheila Johnson of Salamander Hotels and Resorts, Sachiko Kuno of Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Jodie McLean of Edens, Susan Tynan of Framebridge, D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton and more.

Watch video of Rebecca Linder as she speaks about creating inspired interactions and starting her own company.

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The Grand Opening of St. James

The St. James

Read about this amazing event in Business Insider.

The St. James Sports Complex in Springfield, Virginia, celebrated its grand opening on Saturday, September 15, 2018. The 450,000-square-foot complex is the first of its kind, boasting multiple facilities including hockey, basketball, volleyball, baseball, gymnastics, swimming, squash, golf, and a full-sized FIFA soccer field. Thousands experienced the opening event and participated in games and activities for the entire family. The day featured Mascots like G-Wiz from the NBA’s Washington Wizards and appearances from sports celebrities such as former Redskins player Darrell Green and Alex Ovechkin, captain of the Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals.

Linder was honored to plan and manage the grand opening celebration.

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The Economic Club of Washington

The Washington Hilton

Watch a video of the entire interview or read about it in the Wall Street Journal.

On September 13th the Economic Club of Washington hosted it’s annual meeting at the Washington HIlton.  This year, 1400 business leader’s and politicians turned out to hear Carlyle Group Founder David Rubenstein interview Jeff Bezos, creator of Amazon and the owner of the Washington Post.  The far ranging conversation touched on Bezos’s philosophies on business, entrepreneurship and the importance of the free press.  It was covered by more than 20 television and news outlets and in stories and posts from across the country and around the world.

Linder Global handled all logistics and planning for this prestigious event.


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MLB Assembly

The Wharf

WASHINGTON, D.C. – JULY 15: A general view of the bats outside the MLB Assembly at the Wharf on Sunday, July 15, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

See the coverage in BizBash.

MLB Assembly was an inaugural, multi-day pop-up event that showcased designers, artists, musicians, and athletes in an exhibit curated by the league. The event took place from July 13 to 16 at District Pier at the Wharf in Washington during M.L.B. All-Star Week. Field by Snarkitecture, an interactive architectural installation made of baseball bats and wooden billets, was on display outside the venue.

Linder was proud to be brought onto project manage The Assembly by the event creator and curator, DMA United

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The Inn at Little Washington 40th Anniversary Gala

George Washington's Mt. Vernon

Read about this fabulous celebration in The Washington Post and Washingtonian Magazine.

This June, the legendary Inn at Little Washington and its Chef/Founder Patrick O’Connell celebrated four decades of superlative service and extraordinary dining with a gala celebration at George Washington’s Mt. Vernon.  The lavish event took place at four locations across the property and featured a cocktail reception with caviar station, fife and drum corps, seated dinner, and dessert reception on the lawn overlooking the Potomac River.  The evening ended with fireworks.

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Halcyon By The People Festival

5 Event Hubs Across D.C.

Read about it at The Washington Business Journal and on WTOP and DC Line.

Halcyon’s By the People Festival is Washington’s new international arts and dialogue festival.  From June 21-24 the festival took place at five major locations scattered across the city and focused on the themes of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.   Linder worked with Halycon as a production partner and sponsor to create a full-on arts takeover of Washington during the extravaganza, with interactive visual art installations, performances ranging from ballet to go-go, high-profile speakers, and an augmented reality art hunt.

Bringing a project of this scale to from creative spark to reality is no easy task, especially in its first year. Linder leveraged longstanding relationships with over 20 vendor-partners to help Halcyon bring their vision to life. We managed each venue, all technical production, load in, load out, health and safety, catering, as well as organizing and supervising a fleet of shuttle buses to connect guests from all of DC’s Wards to the festival hubs.

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USA Science and Engineering Festival

Walter E. Washington Convention Center

The USASEF was featured on NBC.

This year’s USA Science and Engineering Festival welcomed a record number of visitors – over 385,000 people over 3 days – to the Washington Convention Center making it one of the largest events in the country.

Some of the highlights:
• 3,000+ hands on activities
• 50+ live performances by science celebrities, explorers, best-selling authors,
entrepreneurs and world-renowned experts
• 650+ participating organizations
• 2,000+ participating schools
• 600+ volunteers

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National Cherry Blossom Festival

Ronald Reagan International Trade Center

Read The Washington Post’s coverage of the event.

Linder was once again honored to be planning arm of the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s Pink Tie Party for the 5th consecutive year.  This official kick off to the Cherry Blossom season combines music, performances and food stations from local restaurants with fashion.  More than 900 guests danced the night away.  The Linder Team worked arm in arm to create a new color palette and layout for this popular event.

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Washington Area Women’s Foundation

GirlsLEAD Summit at UDC

Read the Washington Informer coverage.

Congratulations to the Washington Area Women’s Foundation on the success of their inaugural Girls LEAD Summit. The all-day event for young women and girls between the ages of 12-24 was held at the University of the District of Columbia. Award-winning journalist, media personality and former editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue, Elaine Welteroth, served as the keynote speaker.

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National Museum for African American History and Culture

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photo © Tony Powell. NMAAHC Dedication Ceremony. September 24, 2016

Read the story in The Washington Post.

Since it’s establishment by and Act of Congress in 2003, the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) has created a critical portal through which to view America’s history.  Over the course of four years, Linder managed the production and execution of more than 17 opening events.

On September 24, 2016, Linder and NMAAHC welcomed supporters to celebrate and commemorate freedom on the anniversary of three defining milestones in African American History: the 150th Anniversary of the Ratification of the 13th Amendment, 150th Anniversary of the End of the Civil War, and the 50th Anniversary of the Passage of the Voting Rights Act.


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