Our crew rolled into Portsmouth to cover the grand opening of the brand-new Rivers Casino ! A HUGE thank you to The KBD Group who brought us out and allowed us to capture all the fun and deliver the official press-release images hours after each event! Coverage across 4 events allowed us to showcase our many capabilities from aerial drone video to photos of each crucial moment.
The new Rivers Casino is absolutely stunning. A huge, modern space filled with everything from the new BetRivers Sportsbook to classic slots. We captured every room, discovering all the bells and whistles along the way.
The first event of the week was the MLK Luncheon. Savannah, Jon, and Cory were the first on our team to get a peek at the very first event held in the conference space, hosted by The Epsilon Nu Lambda Charitable Foundation with Bakari Sellers, Mayor Shannon Glover, and other dignitaries in attendance.
The next two events were the Charity Test nights! This preview allowed for all the game-floor earnings from the night (A total of $510,000!) to go straight to charity while also letting the winners keep their earnings. Charities donated to were the USO Hampton Roads and Central Virginia, Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, and the Wesley Community Service Center. All fantastic causes!
This test night was especially exciting for Jess, who’s from Portsmouth! “It was so cool being there to see the first people set foot in the casino…it was emotional! Hearing Mayor Shannon Glover speak about Portsmouth and the good that he wants for this city made me so proud. I hope this turns things around for the people’s perception of Portsmouth as well.”
Last but not by any means least, the grand opening day! The ribbon was cut, the first dice were rolled, and thousands of guests entered the casino to play! We captured the many smiles, wins, and memories during this celebratory day. Using our drone capabilities, we followed the Norfolk State University marching band-The Spartan Legion– out in front of the casino as they surprised all the guests with a lineup of fantastic songs to get the crowd excited.
Savannah, our stellar photographer was there through the week and captured some spectacular moments, “Events have always been one of my favorite things to capture. Not only do you get real, genuine smiles and people ready to be on camera, but you also get the chance to be in the moment and see the plan before it unfolds. Having been there all four days to capture all the different events leading up to the grand opening, felt like a huge moment for me. The first Casino in Virginia, and I was there to get the photo that they’ll show off for years to come. It was amazing to see the tight turnarounds pay off as the Rivers Casino Portsmouth photos that I took popped up on my Facebook feed with already a lot of publicity.“
Once again, it was so exciting to be a part of this monumental addition to Hampton Roads. So proud of all of our crew who worked to capture all that went into this wild week- Jon, Jackson, Lizzie, Savannah, Jess, Eliana, Matt, Marvin, and Cory!
We will definitely be back to play…and win!
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