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NACE names board, hands out awards

Members of the National Association of Catering Executives elected their new officers for 2004-2006 at the Annual NACE Education Conference, held at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina last month.

The new National Board of Directors comprises:

Kevin Brant, CPCE, President

Jerry Edwards, CPCE, Immediate Past President

Daniel Briones, CMP, CPCE, First Vice President

Valerie Vollmer, CPCE, Second Vice President

Paula R. Fenner, CPCE, Secretary/Treasurer

Andy Ebon, Parliamentarian/Vice President of Membership

Rick Vita, Vice President Communications and Technology

Elena Lipkins, Vice President of Marketing

Luana Stoutmeyer, Vice President of Affiliate Members

Kelley Roach, CPCE, Region I Vice President

Kathleen Wright, CPCE, Region II Vice President

Janeen Bohn, Region III Vice President

Gilbert Hall, CPCE, Region IV Vice President

Cheryl Sgovio, CPCE, Region V Vice President

Greg Casella, CPCE, Region VI Vice President

Abby Fitzpatrick, CPCE, Chapter Presidents Council Chair

Deborah Hinson, CPCE, NACE Foundation President

Gayle Skelton, CPCE, CPCE Commission Chair

Also at the conference, NACE hosted its gala awards ceremony. The following were the award winners:

BEST CHAPTER COMMUNITY SERVICE – UNDER 100 MEMBERS

Kid’s Day End of Year Festival, the Silicon Valley Chapter

This chapter came together in a true spirit of giving back to a community for Kids’ Day year-end festival. Members at large made the difference this year and gave four to eight hours of their day and $29,390 in in-kind donations with fun balloons, carnival food and games.

BEST CHAPTER COMMUNITY SERVICE – OVER 100 MEMBERS

Baltimore Chapter

Their support ranges across several organizations, including the Food Bank, American Red Cross, the St. Vincent’s Children’s Center and the Foundation of NACE.

BEST CHAPTER FUND-RAISING EVENT – UNDER 100 MEMBERS

Happy 21st Birthday To You, by the Las Vegas Chapter

This chapter put together a phenomenal event utilizing primary and affiliate members to welcome 1,800 guests to their city for the spectacular NACE Welcome Reception at The Special Event 2004. “Happy 21st Birthday to You” was the theme, presented in glamorous Las Vegas style.

BEST CHAPTER FUND-RAISING EVENT – OVER 100 MEMBERS

A Taste of New York, by the New Orleans Chapter

For the annual December fund-raiser and first-time-ever multi-industry association holiday extravaganza, this chapter created an evening of experience and design with the theme of “A Taste of New York” celebrating the finest of the New York experience, held at the historic New Orleans Cultural Center.

BEST CHAPTER PROGRAM OF THE YEAR – UNDER 100 MEMBERS

Dress for Success ~ Create Your Personal Brand, by the Columbus Chapter

This chapter’s successful spring fashion show integrated into one collective program components of education, chapter interaction, fund-raising, and community service event. “Dress for Success – Create Your Personal Brand” afforded an opportunity for all attendees to contribute in some capacity, and better themselves in more ways than one.

BEST CHAPTER PROGRAM OF THE YEAR – OVER 100 MEMBERS Mission Impossible, by the Dallas/Ft. Worth Chapter The program goal was teamwork—-a meeting involving tabletop design, chapter member teams, partnerships and competition for a whole new twist on the program “Mission Impossible.”

CATERED EVENT OF THE YEAR – ON-PREMISE

Temptation Ball 2003, nominated by Michele Polci, CPCE, Senior Catering Manager at Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino

Lush shades of red, animal prints, cage-dancing animals, wickedly infused tobaccos, temptresses vying for your every affection, live interactive chocolate fondue, food and beverage that heighten the libido . . . no, this was not a dream, this was Temptation Ball 2003!

CATERED EVENT OF THE YEAR – OFF-PREMISE

Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, nominated by Travis-Lee Moore, CPCE, owner of Travis-Lee Productions

This annual fund-raiser for a local hospice services agency for persons with HIV/AIDS was held in a historic mansion originally belonging to a colorful Texas politician. His ghost, known to have been seen on occasion, was chosen as the guest of honor at this eight-course, formal-but-fun seated dinner party.

CATERED EVENT OF THE YEAR – BEST WEDDING EVENT

Wedding on a Private Ranch in Texas, nominated by Travis-Lee Moore, CPCE, Owner of Travis-Lee Productions

This wedding celebration was staged on the bride’s family’s private ranch, and was an eclectic mix of rustic elegance. A beautiful seated dinner party overlooking the fall foliage and the stunning Texas hill country, followed by a dance party with a band brought in from Austin - the ideal backdrop for a wedding celebration.

BEST EVENT PRODUCTION

Holiday Parade, nominated by Paula R. Fenner, CPCE, Director of Catering and Conference Services for The Adolphus Hotel

For 16 years, this parade has delighted millions of children and families across the United States with colorful floats, giant inflatable balloons and a cast of familiar television and storybook characters. The parade kicks off the holiday season for the city and functions as a significant fund-raiser for Children’s Medical Center.

BEST THEMED FOOD AND BEVERAGE PRESENTATION

Brazilian Rainforest New Year’s Eve Party 2003, nominated by Michele Polci, CPCE, Senior Catering Manager for the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino

Three thousand guests let their sense electrify them as they took a trip through the Brazilian rainforest to enter their New Year’s Eve feast. Smells of tropical fruits and sounds of rainforest animals and birds flying overhead excited them for the meal to come.

BEST GUEST TABLE PRESENTATION

Wedding Rehearsal Dinner Party, nominated by Travis-Lee Moore, CPCE, Owner of Travis-Lee Productions

A hollow-square table setting for 20 was staged under a large chandelier from which hung a huge floral arrangement of tulips, hydrangea and snapdragons. Shantung silks in taupe, white, and ivory were accented with pale pink, serving as a flawless setting for the client’s rehearsal dinner.

BEST ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCTION

Rhythm of the Night, nominated by Debbie Meyers, CSEP, President of Bravo! Productions Entertainment, Inc.

The entertainment concept paired culinary experience with entertainment using rhythm as a common thread. Designed to showcase the hotel property in which it took place, musical and dance performances worked in concert with the cuisine and décor to deliver an extravaganza with style and impact.

THE GEORGE ZELL SPIRIT OF NACE AWARD

June Bowerman, Owner of Advance Productions International and of Call the Caterer, and member of the San Diego Chapter

Mel Gilman, Owner of Mel’s Events and member of the Silicon Valley Chapter

Michel Malécot, CPCE, President of The French Gourmet and member of the San Diego Chapter

Susie Stallings, Owner of Susie’s Scrumptious Sweets and member of the South Florida Chapter

AFFILIATE MEMBER OF THE YEAR

Bill Hamilton, Consultant and Account Manager for Chair Covers and Linens, Inc., nominated by the Greater Washington DC Chapter

CATERER MEMBER OF THE YEAR

Paula R. FennerCPCE, Director of Catering and Conference Services for The Adolphus Hotel, nominated by the Dallas/Ft. Worth Chapter

CHAPTER OF THE YEAR – UNDER 100 MEMBERS

Austin

CHAPTER OF THE YEAR – OVER 100 MEMBERS

Greater Philadelphia-South Jersey-Delaware

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