Special Events

And The Gala Nominees Are...

From the hundreds of outstanding entries received by Special Events Magazine in this year's Gala Awards competition, a blue-ribbon panel of judges from our Advisory Board narrowed the field to these nominees. The judging process took three days, a testament to the high quality of entries submitted. We congratulate all who entered the competition.

The finalist entries below will be transported to The Special Event 2002, Jan. 9-12 in Phoenix, where Advisory Board members will select the Gala Award winners. The winners will be announced Jan. 12 at the Gala Awards Ceremony and Celebration.

Watch for our January 2002 issue for photographs and descriptions of all the nominees — blueprints from the best.
The Editors



BEST FAIR/FESTIVAL

B.A.S.S., Montgomery, Ala.
City of Garland, Garland, Texas
Jay Howard Events, Concord, N.C.

BEST BALLOON CREATION

Goody Balloon Co., Hiroshima City, Hiroshima, Japan/NHK Japan
Broadcasting
, Hiroshima, Japan
Goody Balloon Co., Hiroshima City, Hiroshima, Japan
The Balloon House Design Studio, Flower Mound, Texas

BEST INVITATION

Aspen Productions, Atlanta
BK Design, Boston
Century Guild Press, Monrovia, Calif.

BEST DINING TABLE DESIGN

La Fleur/Princeton Flower Shop, Lawrenceville, N.J.
Legendary Events, Atlanta
Theme Events, Dublin, Ireland

BEST FOOD PRESENTATION

Harith Productions, Oreland, Pa./Metiom, New York
MGM Mirage Events, Las
Vegas/Bellagio Resort & Casino, Las Vegas
The Peake of Catering, Vancouver, British Columbia

BEST CORPORATE/COMPANY PICNIC

Culinary Capers Catering, Vancouver, British Columbia
D'Rose Accents, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Enchanted Parties, Ronkonkoma, N.Y.

BEST OFF-PREMISE CATERED EVENT

Good Gracious! Events, Los Angeles
Patti Coons & Associates, Orlando, Fla./A La Carte Catering, Tampa, Fla.
The Peake of Catering, Vancouver, British Columbia

BEST CATERED EVENT PRODUCED
BY A HOTEL CATERING
DEPARTMENT

Chicago Downtown Marriott, Chicago/The Meetinghouse Companies, Elmhurst, Ill.
Harith Productions, Oreland, Pa./Metiom, New York
The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia
Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino, Las Vegas

BEST FUND-RAISING EVENT

Classic World Events, San Jose, Calif.
Legendary Events, Atlanta
MGM Mirage Events, Las Vegas

BEST EVENT PRODUCED FOR A
NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION

California Science Center, Los Angeles
Classic World Events, San Jose, Calif.
Harith Productions, Oreland, Pa./Welcome America, Philadelphia

BEST WEDDING, BUDGET UNDER $50,000

Magic Moments, Norcross, Ga.
Nancy Chase Weddings and
Celebrations
, Denver
Pura Vida Productions, Annapolis, Md.

BEST WEDDING, BUDGET $50,000 AND ABOVE

Creative Parties, Bethseda, Md.
MGM Mirage Events, Las Vegas
Yifat Oren & Associates, Sherman Oaks, Calif.

BEST MULTIPLE-DAY INCENTIVE EVENT

Cacique International, Nassau, Bahamas/Designs by Sean, Dania, Fla.
Harith Productions, Oreland, Pa./Metiom, New York
Patti Coons & Associates, Orlando, Fla./Wayne Lachman Productions, New York

BEST FLORAL DESIGN

Designs by Sean, Dania, Fla.
Legendary Events, Atlanta
MGM Mirage Events, Las Vegas

BEST TENT INSTALLATION

DeBoer Structures, Kennesaw, Ga.
Prime Structures, Phoenix
The Stuart Rental Co., Milpitas, Calif.

BEST USE OF LIGHTING

Big Wave International, Roxbury, Conn.
Designs by Sean, Dania, Fla.
The Full Effect, Bedford, England

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN
TECHNICAL SUPPORT

Big Wave International, Roxbury, Conn./North American Theatrics, Oxford, Conn.
Charles C Technical Production Group, Newport Beach, Calif./Creative
Technologies
, Van Nuys, Calif.
Professional Event Solutions, San Diego

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN LOGISTICS

BT Event Productions, Breckenridge, Colo.
Extraordinary Events, Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Sensix Communications & Events, Montreal

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN EVENT
RENTAL SUPPORT

Abbey Event Services, Rancho
Dominguez, Calif.
Austin RentAll Party, Austin, Texas
Props of Texas, Dallas/Outstanding Productions, Dallas

BEST NEW, INNOVATIVE EVENT
PRODUCT/TECHNOLOGY

Designs by Sean, Dania, Fla.
Transformit, Gorham, Maine
Vok Dams Gruppe, Wuppertal, Germany

BEST EVENT ENTERTAINMENT
CONCEPT AND EXECUTION, ENTERTAINMENT BUDGET UNDER $25,000

Eclectic Events International, Toronto
TLC Creative Special Effects, Marina del Rey, Calif.
Tribble Creative Group, Charlotte, N.C.

BEST EVENT ENTERTAINMENT
CONCEPT AND EXECUTION, ENTERTAINMENT BUDGET
$25,000 TO $100,000

Sensix Communications & Events, Montreal
Showtime Events, Raleigh, N.C./Designs by Sean, Dania, Fla.
Tribble Creative Group, Charlotte, N.C.

BEST EVENT ENTERTAINMENT
CONCEPT AND EXECUTION, ENTERTAINMENT BUDGET ABOVE $100,000

Cast of Thousands, McLean, Va.
Irwin Productions, Vista, Calif.
Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino, Las
Vegas/Best Model Talent & Best
Production
, Las Vegas

MOST OUTSTANDING SPECTACLE EVENT

B.A.S.S., Montgomery, Ala.
Designs by Sean, Dania, Fla./Logistics
Management Group
, North Miami
Beach, Fla.
Vok Dams Gruppe, Wuppertal, Germany

BEST EVENT PRODUCED FOR A
PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL, BUDGET
UNDER $50,000

Barbara Wallace Weddings, Corona del
Mar, Calif.
Eclectic Events International, Toronto
Famous Firsts, Pompano Beach, Fla.

BEST EVENT PRODUCED FOR A
PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL, BUDGET
$50,000 AND ABOVE

Creative Consulting, Chicago
Giants Enterprises, San Francisco
Rave Reviews, Kensington, Md.

BEST EVENT MARKETING CAMPAIGN

Event Lab, Minneapolis
The Lundquist Co., Sacramento, Calif.
The Special Event Co., London/Cornerstone Associates, London

BEST THEATRICAL
ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCTION

Charles C Technical Production Group, Newport Beach, Calif.
Extraordinary Events, Sherman Oaks, Calif./Delaney Marketing, Dublin, Ireland
Imagination Entertainment, San Diego

BEST THEME DECOR, TOTAL
DECOR BUDGET UNDER $20,000

EventWorks, Los Angeles
Legendary Events, Atlanta
Lena Malouf Platinum Events, Double Bay, Australia
MGM Mirage Events, Las Vegas

BEST THEME DECOR, TOTAL
DECOR BUDGET $20,000 TO $50,000

Designs by Sean, Dania, Fla.
Designs by Sean, Dania, Fla.
Theme Events, Dublin, Ireland

BEST THEME DECOR, TOTAL
DECOR BUDGET ABOVE $50,000

Classic World Events, San Jose, Calif.
Koby Bar-Yehuda Special Event
Designer and Producer
, Rishon Lezion, Israel
MGM Mirage Events, Las Vegas

BEST EVENT PRODUCED FOR A
CORPORATION OR ASSOCIATION, OVERALL BUDGET UNDER $100,000

Extraordinary Events, Sherman Oaks, Calif./Delaney Marketing, Dublin, Ireland
Extraordinary Events, Sherman Oaks, Calif.
The Arrangers, Denver

BEST EVENT PRODUCED FOR A
CORPORATION OR ASSOCIATION, OVERALL BUDGET $100,000 TO $249,999

Extraordinary Events, Sherman Oaks, Calif.
The Meetinghouse Companies, Elmhurst, Ill./Chicago Marriott
Downtown
, Chicago
Zeigler & Co., Nashville, Tenn./Destination Nashville, Goodlettsville, Tenn.

BEST EVENT PRODUCED FOR A
CORPORATION OR ASSOCIATION, OVERALL BUDGET $250,000 TO $500,000

Arthur Andersen LLP, Chicago
Aspen Productions, Atlanta
The Full Effect, Bedford, England

BEST EVENT PRODUCED FOR A
CORPORATION OR ASSOCIATION, OVERALL BUDGET ABOVE $500,000

Autostadt GMBH, Wolfsburg, Germany
Cacique International, Nassau, Bahamas/Designs by Sean, Dania, Fla.
Extraordinary Events, Sherman Oaks, Calif./George P. Johnson Co., Torrance, Calif.

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