Deborah Gitelson Krauth
As Vice President, Deborah Gitelson leads her team in overseeing all facets of event productions for nonprofit, corporate and government clients alike. She brings to her role more than 25 years of event management and production expertise. She has produced numerous galas, dinners, groundbreakings, memorial unveilings, congressional receptions, large-scale entertainment productions, conferences, concerts, fashion shows and marathon walks.
Ms. Gitelson has extensive experience in all aspects of event management, including event conceptualization, site selection, contract negotiations, décor and staging designs, program flow development, catering requirements, speaker and panel presentation coordination, managing A/V and technical requirements and video production, vendor management, travel and transportation coordination and budgeting.
Ms. Gitelson has worked with performers such as Mark Anthony, James Brown, The Blues Brothers, Annie Lennox, Jennifer Hudson, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and Julian Lennon among others. Speakers have included presidents George H.W. Bush, Clinton, George W. Bush; vice presidents Al Gore and Joe Biden; First Lady Barbara Bush; secretaries of state Madeleine Albright, Condoleezza Rice, and Clinton; actors Denzel Washington, Will Smith, Michael Douglas, Goldie Hawn, and Ashley Judd to name a few.
Signature productions include the Pentagon Memorial Fund Dedication Events, Black Tie & Boots Inaugural Balls, and the American Red Cross Tiffany Circle Summit. In addition, her extensive client list includes DC Central Kitchen, The Washington Ballet, International Security Foundation, PenFed Foundation, International Center for Journalists, Capital Concerts, National Cherry Blossom Festival, and the Lupus Foundation of America.
A particularly notable achievement for Ms. Gitelson was her work for The Air Force Memorial Dedication Weekend. This production entailed five very different events held over three days, one of which included over 40,000 attendees, a major aircraft exhibition and a celebrity concert staged in the Pentagon’s south parking lot. Dignitaries included President George W. Bush, the secretary of defense and other senior officials. Also present were several our nation's most distinguished veterans and celebrities.
The Air Force Memorial dedication ceremony earned The Webster Group a Special Events Magazine Gala Award for "Best Event Produced for a Nonprofit Organization or Association" and an international nomination for best nonprofit event that year by the International Live Events Association (ILEA).