INDUSTRY NEWS: Cvent, a meetings and event technology provider, has acquired DoubleDutch, a mobile event app based in San Francisco. Read more about the acquisition here.

BOSTON: College Bound Dorchester’s annual “We Are Unconered” gala took place June 5. The event raised nearly $500,000 to support Boston Uncornered, which aims to help former gang members attend college. 

CHICAGO: The annual Strawberry Festival will take place June 21-23 in Long Grove. The festival will offer strawberry-infused food and drinks from local vendors, a carnival, live music, and more.

The Revel Group has named Ariana Paz director of people. 

LOS ANGELES: Virgin Atlantic has partnered with Marketing Manchester and Visit Britain to host LAxMAN, an event celebrating the airline’s new Los Angeles-to-Manchester route, on June 20. The event will feature art experiences, music, and food and cocktails unique to both cities.

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MIAMI: Starboard Cruise Services has appointed Lisa Bauer president and chief executive officer.

NEW YORK: BuzzFeed and Oscar Mayer have partnered to hold a hot dog-theme wedding on June 20 in Long Island City for a couple that loves hot dogs. Reader’s are invited to help plan the wedding on the BuzzFeed’s website. BuzzFeed will broadcast the ceremony live on its Instagram Story. 

Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research will host the inaugural Midsummer Angel Gala, “Where Art & Music Meets Cancer,” on June 24 at the Fleur Room. The benefit will be hosted by YouTuber Twan Kuyper and honor designer Andrew Warren.

Event designer Preston Bailey will host the inaugural PB Live, a conference for event industry professionals, August 13-15 at the Legacy Castle in Pompton Plains, New Jersey.

The Madison Square Garden Company has named Jennifer Vogt president of creative content and productions, effective June 24.

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SAN FRANCISCO: The inaugural Lights On R&B festival, launched by R&B artist H.E.R. and Live Nation, will take place September 14 at the Concord Pavilion in Concord. H.E.R., Jhené Aiko, Daniel Caesar, and more are slated to perform.

TORONTO: The 52nd annual Toronto Caribbean Carnival Festival will take place over four weeks from July to August. Events include the Junior Carnival Media Launch on July 3; the Calypso Extravaganza Show on July 28; and the Grand Parade on August 3.

Ascari, the second location of Ascari Hospitality Group’s Italian restaurant and wine bar, has opened in the King West neighborhood. The 110-seat restaurant can be divided into three sections, with spaces that can hold private events for groups of 30 to 50 people.

WASHINGTON: The Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation (C.E.S.E.) Global Summit runs June 12-15 at the Hyatt Regency Dulles. The event is hosted by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.

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