Special Events

2005 Gala Award Nominees announced

Special Events Magazine is proud to present the nominees for the 2005 Gala Awards, as selected by our Advisory Board. The winners will be announced at a black-tie celebration on Jan. 13 at The Special Event show in Dallas. Watch for our January issue, which will feature photos and descriptions of these exciting events. Congratulations to all who created this outstanding work!

BEST FAIR/FESTIVAL
City of Garland, Garland, Texas
Ken-Ran Productions, Richardson, Texas
The Lundquist Co., Sacramento, Calif.

BEST INVITATION
Arlene Segal Design Group, North Miami Beach, Fla.
Artful Parties and Events Inc., Salina, Kan.
Waltona Manion & Associates, Van Nuys, Calif., and Bonnie Schwartz Design Group, San Diego

BEST DINING TABLE DESIGN
Cheryl's Distinctive Creations, Ocoee, Fla.
Sasha Souza Events, Napa, Calif.
Sasha Souza Events, Napa, Calif.

BEST OFF-PREMISE CATERED EVENT
A Joy Wallace Catering Production & Design Team, Miami
A Legendary Event, Atlanta
Major the Gourmet Ltd., Vancouver, British Columbia

BEST CATERED EVENT PRODUCED BY A HOTEL BANQUET DEPARTMENT
Harith Productions Ltd., Willow Grove, Pa., and The Westin Los Cabos, Baja California, Mexico
The Ritz-Carlton, Dearborn, Dearborn, Mich.
The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino, Las Vegas

BEST FUND-RAISING EVENT
Alison Silcoff Events, Montreal, Quebec
Garrett Hospitality Group, Columbus, Ohio
Tolo Events, Seattle

BEST EVENT PRODUCED FOR A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION
Alison Silcoff Events, Montreal, Quebec
SBC Park, San Francisco
Tolo Events, Seattle

BEST WEDDING: BUDGET UNDER $500 PER GUEST
Creative Occasions with a Personal Touch, La Jolla, Calif.
Creative Occasions with a Personal Touch, La Jolla, Calif.
VP Events, Westlake Village, Calif.

BEST WEDDING: BUDGET $500 AND ABOVE PER GUEST
Epicurean Catering, Greenwood Village, Colo.
Fiori Fresco Special Events, La Habra Heights, Calif., and Barbara Wallace Weddings, Corona del Mar, Calif.
Sasha Souza Events, Napa, Calif.

BEST MULTIPLE-DAY INCENTIVE EVENT
Extraordinary Events, Sherman Oaks, Calif., and Designs by Sean, Dania, Fla.
Hello Florida, Orlando, Fla.
Isis Design, Long Beach, Calif.

BEST MULTIPLE-DAY EVENT PROGRAM FOR A CORPORATION OR ASSOCIATION
Extraordinary Events, Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Total Event Resources, Inverness, Ill.
Vok Dams, Wuppertal, Germany

BEST EVENT STAGED IN MULTIPLE LOCATIONS
AMCI, Marina del Rey, Calif.
AMCI, Marina del Rey, Calif.
Uniplan, Kerpen, Germany

BEST FLORAL DESIGN
Designs by Sean, Dania, Fla.
Janet Flowers Wedding & Event Designs, Silver Spring, Md.
Someone's in the Kitchen, Tarzana, Calif., and Michael Walls Florals & Events, Beverly Hills, Calif.

BEST TENT INSTALLATION: TENT BUDGET UNDER $75,000
Premiere Tent & Events, Austin, Texas
Select Event Rentals, Pennsauken, N.J.
Top Productions, Richmond, Calif.

BEST TENT INSTALLATION: TENT BUDGET $75,000 AND ABOVE
Classic Party Rentals, Burlingame, Calif., and Stanlee R. Gatti Designs, San Francisco
Regal Tent Productions, Stoney Creek, Ontario
Top Productions, Richmond, Calif.

BEST USE OF LIGHTING
Active Production and Design Inc., Atlanta
Infinite Designs, Atlanta
Megavision Arts, Santa Monica, Calif.

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN TECHNICAL SUPPORT
ASI Production Services, Orlando, Fla.
Brite Ideas, Foothill Ranch, Calif.
Kohler Event Services, Orlando, Fla.

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN LOGISTICS
AMCI, Marina del Rey, Calif.
Event Architects, Chicago
Waltona Manion & Associates, Van Nuys, Calif., and It's No Problem, Burbank, Calif.
Welcome Event Marketing, Copenhagen, Denmark

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN EVENT RENTAL SUPPORT
ASI Production Services, Orlando, Fla.
Austin Party Central, Austin, Texas
Ducky-Bob's Party & Tent Rentals, Carrollton, Texas

BEST NEW, INNOVATIVE PRODUCT/TECHNOLOGY
Jim Henson Creature Shop, Los Angeles
Megavision Arts, Santa Monica, Calif.
ThomasG, Sonoma, Calif.

BEST EVENT ENTERTAINMENT CONCEPT AND EXECUTION: ENTERTAINMENT BUDGET UNDER $25,000
Entertainment Plus Productions, Los Angeles
Evention Show Productions, Tampa, Fla.
The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino, Las Vegas, and Best Productions, Las Vegas

BEST EVENT ENTERTAINMENT CONCEPT AND EXECUTION: ENTERTAINMENT BUDGET $25,000 TO $100,000
Bravo Entertainment, Dallas, and Fusion Entertainment, Los Angeles
Entertainment Plus Productions, Los Angeles
Sensix Communications and Events, Montreal, Quebec, and Les Productions Belluscious, Montreal, Quebec

BEST EVENT ENTERTAINMENT CONCEPT AND EXECUTION: ENTERTAINMENT BUDGET ABOVE $100,000
Sensix Communications and Events, Montreal, Quebec
T. Skorman Productions, Orlando, Fla., and Hello Florida, Orlando, Fla.
Total Event Resources, Inverness, Ill.

MOST OUTSTANDING SPECTACLE
JHE Production Group, Concord, N.C.
Welcome Event Marketing, Copenhagen, Denmark
XV, Calgary, Alberta, and EnCana Employee Communications, Calgary, Alberta

BEST EVENT PRODUCED FOR A PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL: BUDGET UNDER $500 PER GUEST
A Joy Wallace Catering Production & Design Team, Miami
Grand Events, Chatsworth, Calif.
Timot McGonagle, Nashville, Tenn.

BEST EVENT PRODUCED FOR A PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL: BUDGET $500 AND ABOVE PER GUEST
Charles Banfield Productions, Los Angeles
Fiori Fresco Special Events, La Habra Heights, Calif., and Barbara Wallace Weddings, Corona del Mar, Calif.
Timot McGonagle, Nashville, Tenn.

BEST EVENT MARKETING CAMPAIGN
Shreveport Regional Arts Council, Shreveport, La.
Vok Dams, Wuppertal, Germany
Waltona Manion & Associates, Van Nuys, Calif.

BEST THEATRICAL ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCTION
Barkley Kalpak Associates, New York
E=MC2 Event Management Inc., Calgary, Alberta
Imagination Entertainment, San Diego

BEST THEME DECOR: TOTAL DECOR BUDGET UNDER $20,000
An Original Occasion, Los Angeles
Dream a Little Dream, St. Louis
Megavision Arts, Santa Monica, Calif.

BEST THEME DECOR: TOTAL DECOR BUDGET $20,000 TO $50,000
Bravo Productions, Long Beach, Calif.
Designs by Sean, Dania, Fla., and Harith Productions, Willow Grove, Pa.
Magic Moments Catering and Special Events, Norcross, Ga.

BEST THEME DECOR: TOTAL DECOR BUDGET ABOVE $50,000
Eventlabs, Hamburg, Germany
Extraordinary Events, Sherman Oaks, Calif., and Designs by Sean, Dania, Fla.
Extraordinary Events, Sherman Oaks, Calif., and Designs by Sean, Dania, Fla.

BEST EVENT PRODUCED FOR A CORPORATION OR ASSOCIATION: OVERALL BUDGET UNDER $100,000
Magic Moments Catering and Special Events, Norcross, Ga.
The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino, Las Vegas
Tribble Creative Group, Charlotte, N.C.

BEST EVENT PRODUCED FOR A CORPORATION OR ASSOCIATION: OVERALL BUDGET $100,000 TO $249,999
Event Architects, Chicago
Extraordinary Events, Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Rick Herns Productions, Redwood City, Calif.

BEST EVENT PRODUCED FOR A CORPORATION OR ASSOCIATION: OVERALL BUDGET $250,000 TO $500,000
A Legendary Event, Atlanta
Timot McGonagle, Nashville, Tenn.
Extraordinary Events, Sherman Oaks, Calif., and Designs by Sean, Dania, Fla.

BEST EVENT PRODUCED FOR A CORPORATION OR ASSOCIATION: OVERALL BUDGET ABOVE $500,000
EuroEvents Ltd., Dublin, Ireland
Eventlabs, Hamburg, Germany
XV, Calgary, Alberta, and EnCana Employee Communications, Calgary, Alberta

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