Dear friends of Powered by Professionals
We hope you are enjoying your summer and the warmer weather! PBP had a successful spring season and we thought we would share a few screenshots featuring some of the celebrity appearances from the 15+ virtual events we have produced so far this year.
After a year and a half of uncertainty and anticipation, in-person events and hybrid events are starting to resume and PBP is looking forward to getting back into the swing of things this fall.

With a busy fall event season around the corner, PBP is excited to announce that we are expanding! We are exhilarated to be able to grow our team, and we are thrilled to be welcoming three new team members this month.

Learn more about our new staff members below and keep on scrolling for some hybrid event tips!
Kara DeBaene
Manager of Development & Events
Kara joins the PBP team with seven years of experience in event management, planning and logistics. With experience in planning signature events, community events, 5k walk/runs, cultivation events, and virtual events, she consistently organizes and manages all aspects of high quality fundraising events. 

Learn more about Kara here.
Donnie Manetta
Manager of Development & Events
Donnie joins PBP with 14 years of experience in fundraising and event management consulting. Since 2007, Donnie has led the execution of 75 galas helping to raise over $50 million dollars for his clients. He brings his wealth of technical expertise and showmanship to every project, and is an energetic, thoughtful and talented partner to our clients.

Learn more about Donnie here.
Sarah Coyne
Development & Events Coordinator
Sarah joins the team with five years of experience in the public relations industry where she developed creative ideas, campaigns, and partnerships for the clients she represented in the luxury hospitality and publishing industries.

Learn more about Sarah here.
After a year of cancelled events, postponed events, and virtual events, we are now at the point where in-person and hybrid events are not just a possibility, but a definite probability. With restrictions lessening by the day and week, in-person events are absolutely happening.

But all in-person events will more than likely be hybrid events, with a strong virtual component for those attendees who feel passionate about supporting your cause but are more comfortable doing that from home. The importance of creating an engaging virtual program for your nonprofit event is more important than ever.

Two of our latest blog posts tackle some of things you will need to take into consideration when planning a hybrid event for your organization.
Vendor Highlight - Tech Platforms
Creating the virtual program that dovetails nicely with your in-person program and works the best for your virtual attendees depends almost entirely on picking the correct tech platform to stream the virtual portion of your event.

After producing 30+ virtual events in the past year, Powered by Professionals has utilized many tech platforms. As we begin working on numerous hybrid events for this fall, we would like to highlight two of our favorite virtual vendors that we are excited to now integrate with our live events: Cadence and OneCause.

Incorporating the “New Normal” with the “Old Normal”
While many are overwhelmingly ready to jump back in to attend parties, concerts, weddings, and other crowded events, others are still hesitant to go back to the in-person format while the virus continues to claim lives around the world.

Creating a hybrid event with both in-person and virtual components isn’t as simple as live-streaming the in-person event to an online audience. A true hybrid event seamlessly integrates technology to bring an online audience into the event experience.

Hybrid Events & Fundraising Webinar
PBP Founder and CEO, Darren Port, recently participated in the 2021 Nonprofit Updated where he spoke on Hybrid Events and Fundraising.

If you weren't able to attend his session, you can check out the recording here.
This can be a very trying time for nonprofits and PBP wants to do what it can to help support nonprofits in any way we can! If you are with a non-profit, or thinking of starting one, and want any development advice or a sounding board, contact PBP at and we will set up a 30-minute call at no charge with one of our team members.