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Marley Bellwood has been in the events industry since she moved to Chicago in 2006. She began in large scale catering with Blue Plate during their record revenue year of 2006-2007. After working in the catering industry a few years she directed her attention outside of food, particularly creative concepting with The Revel Group. When the opportunity arose to manage River East Art Center in late November of 2010, she jumped at the chance. In only her second year as Director of Sales, REAC is projected to double the revenue of 2011. She attributes this fact to more flexible rental fees, encouraging a higher number of non-profit bookings, who have simultaneously shown dramatic increases in their organizations' fundraising revenues. Philanthropically, she is the vice president of the board for Tickled Pink Chicago, a fundraising event group benefitting Bright Pink, a national non-profit focusing on the prevention & detection of breast & ovarian cancers in young women. She is also the Historian for the Junior Board of Urban Initiatives -which provides health & education programming to Chicago Public School kids through sports.
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