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Here’s what some people have to say about CMI:

From logistics and production to personality and style, CMI’s events are seamlessly manages with paramount attention to detail. CMI is the most efficient production team I have ever worked with to produce seven-figure gala benefits. You can just feel their ownership and pride in your event.

Tess O’Dwyer
Tess O’Dwyer Nonprofit Management & Fundraising Counsel

Cathy McNamara is the best in the business; she focuses on every aspect of the event and stays with it until every pledge is collected. I wouldn’t run an event without her.

Margaret Minson
Executive Director
Student Sponsor Partnership, Inc.

If you want an event to be remarkable and remembered; if you want an effort to be financially successful or if you want a goal to be exceeded and a cause to be embraced, then I can guarantee that working with CMI will accomplish your objective. I can also assure you that the journey will be as pleasant as the destination is satisfactory. They have my highest possible recommendation.

Charles Schueler
Senior Vice President
Media and Community Relations
Cablevision Systems Corporation

Don’t plan an event without Cathy McNamara and CMI events! Cathy created a magical wedding for our daughter and son-in-law. We were introduced to the finest vendors helping to create a seamless party. But it was the pride, hard work and attention to detail by Cathy that created an unforgettable event for our guests and us. From the engagement party to the wedding to the brunch, CMI provided hands on service that is incomparable. What a treat to be a guest at your own party. We gave our daughter the wedding we had hoped to do someday and we gave ourselves the gift of employing Cathy McNamara. When all was said and done my daughter tearfully said to me “Mom, that was the happiest day of my life.” It can’t get much better than that!

Karen Rutledge
Private Client

The annual Bernard Baruch Dinner is the college’s largest fund raising event of the year. We have been clients of CMI since 2006 and have never been less than 100% satisfied with the services provided. Cathy and the CMI team are the consummate professionals and are attentive to our every need. No detail is too small to be overlooked. Having previously worked with other event planners, I can say that these attributes are seldom maintained over a period of years.

They are creative and provide suggestions to ensure that our events are successful and memorable. In short, we “couldn’t do it without them.” We have a remarkable working relationship and I hope to continue it in the coming years.

Brenda Vercesi
Director of Special Events
Baruch College
The City University of New York

CMI truly sets the “gold standard” in event planning and management. They are the consummate professionals: exceptionally creative, vigilant to all the details – large and small – that are so important in making an event distinctive, while also keeping a sharp focus on the budget and plan to ensure an event’s success. They are simply a pure delight to work with and their involvement means a first class event all the way around.

Antoinette E. La Belle
Managing Director, Lehman Brothers
Secretary, The New York Women’s Foundation

Marymount Manhattan College’s annual dinner is the hallmark of our development agenda. This year we made a smart decision to engage an experienced event planner rather than manage the project ourselves, as we had in the past. We carefully considered a number of professionals and were delighted with our choice of CMI.

The immediate benefits were obvious. First, we received excellent advice early in the planning process so that we made good choices, fully explored resources and venues, and anticipated issues before they became problems. Second, the arduous but essential tasks of maintaining guest lists and related mailings were flawlessly executed and we were able to give our attention to more value-added activities.

It takes extraordinary attention to detail to make an event look effortless and they accomplished it. I was particularly impressed by their ability to deal with a range of constituents, including vendors, trustees and guests. This was our most productive effort thus far.

Barbara Hack
Trustee and Chair of the Development Committee of the Board of Trustees
Marymount Manhattan College


Cathy and her team made our wedding a showcase of New York style and at the same time created an environment of tangible intimacy and emotional richness for us and our guests. The highest compliment: the number of wedding guests who asked “Who planned this for you?” with great admiration. Cathy and her team are everywhere in our memories of that great night and the plans leading up to it. They made everything perfect and blended in with family and friends with such elegance; it was like having our wedding planned by long cherished friends.

Patricia Gottesman
Private Client

With excellent attention to detail, Cathy McNamara and her dedicated team of event professionals are all you need to ensure a successful event. With their expert guidance and support, your event will run smoothly and they help keep you to your budget, allowing you to maximize your fundraising potential. And, not only are Cathy and her team consummate professionals, but they also make the job fun!

Louie Anchondo
National Director, Special Events
The Actors Fund

CMI is the expert at planning successful events. Cathy McNamara knows the best ways to maximize the impact of the event from both a public relations standpoint and a net revenue perspective. She does what, in the past, my staff of three did. Her events are stylish, organized to perfection and enjoyed by all.

Richard A. Berman
Manhattanville College

The event ran smoother than any I’ve been involved with, and I’ve been involved with many. No detail was overlooked. I was getting positive comments for days afterwards about what a great evening it was and how seamless it was. Cathy and her team are truly first class.

Michael Keenan
Former Senior Vice President, North Fork Bank
Honoree, Project GRAD Achieving Dreams Benefit

Cathy McNamara is successful at everything she does because she is creative, dedicated with extraordinary attention to detail and is a prodigious worker to ensure that every event is flawless.

Matilda Raffa Cuomo
Former NYS First Lady
Chairperson and Founder
Mentoring USA

Being able to work with CMI really ensured the success of our special event. All of our financial goals were met and exceeded – and our ambitious timing constraints were handled with ease and professionalism. We were most fortunate to be able to have CMI as a member of our team.

Enes Carnesecca
Former Executive Director and CEO
The Lustgarten Foundation For Pancreatic Cancer Research

For more than 5 years, CMI has successfully executed an ‘intimate’ annual event at our home for more than 1,000 friends and family members. They have managed every detail of our Independence Day celebration, from overseeing a massive fireworks display to selecting and distributing token gifts to our guests. CMI oversaw everything from the catering to the valet parking to the children’s activities and water shuttles. Their personal attention to detail on all aspects of our party contributed greatly to an annual event that is much loved and greatly anticipated by both the family and guests alike.

Kristin Dolan

I look forward to working with CMI in the future. Their wedding plan was the most detailed I have ever seen in 25 years officiating some 3,400 weddings.

Retired Judge & Interfaith Officiant
William J. Corbett