Five Events That Explain Everything You Need to Know About Hurricane

Every event you’re about to watch is a staple of the Hurricane Productions portfolio. Although we also entertain small scale events like Sweet 16s and Weddings, these larger scale events are important to the company and part of the fabric of New Jersey.

All of this content – videos included – are homemade by our staff.

1. Audi Grand Opening

From soup to nuts, everything you see in this video is provided in coordination with Hurricane Productions: Lighting, Audio, Projection, Production. We transformed this dealership to what you see in this video.

2. AARA Tradeshow

Since 2012, Hurricane is an integral part of AARA’s annual tradeshow hosted in Somerset, NJ and Edison, NJ on rotating years. We provide sound, lighting and coordinate the company’s branding and social media efforts.

3. Dance Marathon

Hurricane started within the DM organization a decade ago when the event was barely raising over $100,000 for Embrace Kids Foundation. In the last decade, the teams at Hurricane and Dance Marathon work in concert, year-round, to create the largest student-run philanthropic event in the state. This year, the event is projected raised over one million dollars.

See also: Vincent talks to Magic 98.3 about Hurricane’s role at Dance Marathon

4. The Yard: Game Watch

When it comes to community events at The Yard, DEVCO hires MediaCutlet to consult on the who, what, when. But when it comes the how: Hurricane executes the events from the nuts and bolts end of things: Production, music, etc. It’s the perfect marriage of how both brands exist under one roof.

5. Sweet 16s

It may not seem like a lot, but Sweet 16s collectively represent a $100K brand within Hurricane. Sweet 16s give us the ability to train interns, young talent – photo, video, DJs, technicians – and eventually graduate them to larger scale events like the other four in this post.  Sweet 16s also gives Hurricane access to families and teenagers in the state, turning them into clients on our other services. In fact, our way into the AARA Tradeshow came by way of a Sweet 16 for the director’s daughter.

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Rutgers’ Derby Days Event Shatters Fundraising Record

The Iota Psi Chapter of Sigma Chi at Rutgers University hosted yet another successful Derby Days event. The two-week long ‘Derby Days’ culminated with Lip Sync performance at the Livingston Recreational Center.  Along with eight sororities, Sigma Chi facilitated a record breaking $300,007 for Children’s Miracle Network. A portion of the monies raised will also be donated to the participating sororities respective philanthropies. Contributing to the record were Phi Sigma Sigma, Zeta Tau Alpha, Phi Mu, Sigma Kappa, Delta Gamma, Alpha Gamma Delta, Sigma Delta Tau, and Gamma Phi Beta.  Each team performed dances that followed a format and theme.  Some themes included Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, Super Heroes, The Game of Life and many others.

You can watch each performance by clicking here.

Hurricane Productions – a production partner of the event for a decade – added a new visual element to the Lip Sync performances. Hurricane made each scene come to life by projection mapping images and video for each sorority. The visuals were mapped to 6x20ft theatrical scrims that flanked the 42”x32” stage. heir scenes come to life.

In addition to the scrims, Hurricane also provided lighting, videography and production for the event.  Lighting director Nick Nittoli took control of the lighting that was requested by each sorority.  Robbie Padovano produced the show making sure each team adhered to a timeline of events. Media Director Austin King was there to capture all the routines via videography.

Claiming the Lip Sync title this year was Phi Sigma Sigma with ZTA coming in a close second.  The two sororities were extremely close in competition throughout all events this Derby Days season.  The anticipation was high not knowing who was going to claim the 2016 Derby Days title.  In the end, it was Zeta Tau Alpha who edged out the competition.  ZTA raised $65,000 out of the over $300,007 for Children’s Miracle Network.  That $65,000 raised broke their $48,902 record of the 2015 Derby Days.  Needless to say, we look forward to seeing more records being broken next year as each sorority will continue to raise money towards Children’s Miracle Network.

Hurricane Productions provides entertainment for Sweet 16s and weddings in New Jersey and the Tri-State Area. To learn more, visit or call 888-393-7066.

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Elegant Wedding at Housingworks Bookstore in New York City

Some may look no further than a cup of coffee at a local bookstore for a romantic date. But now imagine a bookstore as the storybook backdrop for your wedding day. Gillian and Charles – who met in a Creative Writing class at Rutgers University – did just that. They chose Housingworks Bookstore in Manhattan for their ceremony and reception.

Hurricane Productions captured the day in photo and moving pictures (video) and also provided DJ entertainment.

Dave Costantini  – one of the company’s most sought-after wedding photographers – caught every moment from bridal prep to last dance while Media Director Austin King stepped behind the lens to capture video in a low-light setting.

Housingworks Bookstore is quaint – but what it lacks in size is made up for in ambiance. DJ A Smoove (Alvin Gay) used Technic 1200 turntables to pay homage to the art of DJing in such a cool space. DJ Alvin helped the couple musically plan their ceremony and continuously played their requests through cocktail hour and the reception.

The couple used Hurricane’s extensive online planning tools to work alongside Alvin to create their perfect playlist.

Hurricane Productions provides entertainment, photography and videography for Weddings in the Tri-State Area.  To learn more, visit or call 888-393-7066.


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Snapchat and Sixties-theme featured at Sweet 16 – Spring Lake Bath and Tennis Club

The Spring Lake Bath and Tennis Club hosted Catherine’s Sixties-themed Sweet 16.  Spring Lake Bath and Tennis is an upscale venue just a block away from the beach. Catherine attends Red Bank Catholic so SLB&T is the ideal location in terms of travel for her friends and family.

Lighting provided by Hurricane Productions made all of Catherine’s Sixties-themed decorations pop as the pink uplighting accented the ballroom.  To further enhance her evening, Catherine selected a custom ‘Name in Lights’ design. Her LED Screens featured a custom animation with her name in Sixties-inspired font and design. The screens streamed Instagram photos in real-time. Hurricane also created a Snapchat filter for Catherine and her friends to use in real-time during the party.

The Snapchat feature is an increasingly popular enhancement for teen events. Check out these stats:

Spring Lake Snapchat

MC Robbie Padovano and DJ Nate Hawley entertained Catherine’s Sweet 16.

Catherine and her family booked the ‘Media package’ from Hurricane Productions. It includes Entertainment, Lighting, Social Media Integration, Photography, and a Photobooth.

Click here get more information on details and pricing for Sweet 16s.


Hurricane Productions provides entertainment for Sweet 16s and weddings in New Jersey and the Tri-State Area. To learn more, visit or call 888-393-7066.

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Hurricane promotes Nick Nittoli to Director of Operations


Hurricane Productions prides itself on developing and rewarding homegrown talent. And Nick Nittoli’s recent promotion to Director of Operations is that narrative in action.

Nick officially started the full-time position role in May.

But Nick’s journey at Hurricane began over six years ago as a freelance photographer after he graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, NJ.

As he grew his photography portfolio, the company grew in step – seeing an increase in corporate and University events.

Nick sensed the shift. As a self-starter, he learned more about production. He taught himself how to shoot video. He operated photo booths. He enabled himself to fulfill as many needs as possible.

Nick developed into the ultimate utility team member.

“I invested in myself and that provided me with new opportunities within the company,” Nittoli said. “If you would have told me on my first day that I’d be where I am now, I’d have thought you were crazy. The truth is, I couldn’t be happier because I know the company is on the cusp of exploding into the next level and I’m just happy to be a part of that.”

As Director of Ops, Nick oversees all of the company’s events with a focus on staffing, equipment and internal technology.

“When you’re growing a company, you have to grow your brain trust,” said Hurricane’s CEO Vincent Velasquez. “And there’s no one that knows the event business, specifically our business, better than Nick.”

Go further back than six years ago, Nick and Vincent played baseball together as classmates at St. John Vianney High School in Holmdel, NJ. Hurricane’s co-founder/owner – Strato Doumanis – also graduated from SJV.

Nick is part of the company’s recently developed ‘front office,’ which includes full-time positions held by Velasquez, Doumanis, Media Director Austin King and Administrative Assistant Chelsea Rutkowski.

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