On August 7th, 2018 BEL Event Productions experienced a warehouse fire at roughly 2:00 pm. It was during our lunch break that one of our employees, Lindsey, noticed something at the back of the outside of our warehouse on our security cameras. Wasting no time Lindsey alerted everyone in our office of the fire, and we called 911 while evacuating. Eliza, BEL’s CEO, ran into our warehouse grabbing the fire extinguisher and tried to put the fire out herself. When her efforts proved to be unsuccessful, we to evacuated the building. The building was already up in smoke prior to the fire department’s arrival. Over the course of the next 2 hours, we watched as firefighters from 5 different departments tried to stop the flames. By the end of it, the fire was out, but BEL as
we knew it was completely gone.
Eliza was taken to the hospital to be monitored due to a preexisting heart
The nature of our business left us no time for sitting and feeling sorry for ourselves. We were closed for a total of 5 hours. The following Tuesday night, we had a team meeting to discuss the events of the upcoming weekend and what we needed to do to preserve our company.
As Anderson East says, ”If a house is a building, home is a feeling,” this is sentiment we all felt towards the BEL warehouse. While watching flames consume BEL, it felt like the home and family we created had also gone up in flames. Fortunately, when we came together that Tuesday night we rediscovered meeting showed all of us what makes BEL the company we are is: our love for each other, our passion for our work, and our determination for our clients.
That following weekend BEL produced 4 full production events at 4 different locations over the course of 3 days. All of our clients were aware of our tragedy but kept their faith in us, and for that we are so appreciative. Being able to deliver on every single contract we had for that weekend was the triumph we needed as a team to reassure us that everything will actually be okay.
We continue to fulfill all of the rental orders we had as well as take on new ones everyday. We have been so fortunate to have industry friends/partners to assist us with our rental orders as we work on regaining inventory. Our coordination
floral departments are also fully operational as we look for a new home!
Our Next Steps…
One month later the cause of the fire is still unknown, and it is not clear when/if we will ever know. However, we are not dwelling on it. Before the fire, BEL was in the process of expanding, and even though those plans have been put on hold we are hoping to be back on track by the end of 2018. Finding our new building is proving to be more difficult then we would like, but we are confident that we will find the perfect new building for BEL soon.
2019 will be a very eventful year for our company. We have already started to buy new inventory and we will be getting our in-house laundry service up and running! We are also going to be introducing our new app next year that we are very excited about (More on that to come).
BEL will also be using 2019 to debut our new coordination team! We have been so fortunate to add 4 new coordinators to our company in the last year that each bring their own strengths, style and experience to BEL.
We want to take this opportunity, now that the dust (or ash) has settled, to thank those of you who have stood by us and reached out to see how we are doing. It has truly touched our hearts and helped us get through this month. So thank you!
BEL is taking what happened to come back a stronger, better, and more confident team of professionals that can truly handle whatever life throws at us. Our employees are working harder than ever and this momentum has not gone unnoticed.
To our past clients, thank you so much for your well wishes and concern. To our present clients, thank you for your continued loyalty to our company. To our future clients, we look forward to the opportunity to use what we went through to better serve you.
The BEL Event’s Team
Quality & Convenience, At BEL there are multiple ways in which we ensure the high quality of our rental products. First, our team takes the time to ensure every rental item is looking its best before anything leaves BEL. Second, if something isn’t looking its best, our expert team of designers, carpenters, welders, seamstresses, etc. fix everything by hand. Having this fabulous team on hand is also what makes BEL so convenient. Do you have a custom arch you would like? Or is there a specific shade of blue that you would like for your linens? Well, BEL can make those for you. By having all of these services in-house BEL is able to eliminate the need for multiple vendors!
Diverse Inventory & Experience, We are fortunate enough as a company to have an incredibly diverse team, from all different cultures, with different experiences, and different skills that they bring to BEL’s table. It is this diversity in our team that is reflected in the diversity of our work. From Corporate Mixers, Fundrasiers, and Galas to Weddings, Quinceaneras, Mitzvahs, and Sangeets BEL has done them all. We have also collected some incredibly diverse inventory along the way. So if you are looking for Sofreh or Mandap décor BEL is the place to look!
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