Special Events

Gala Award NOMINEES

FROM THE HUNDREDS of outstanding entries received this year for Special Events Magazine's Gala Awards competition, a blue-ribbon panel of judges from our Advisory Board narrowed the field to these nominees. Often the margin between winning a nomination and not was only one point. We congratulate all who entered.

Entries from the finalists listed below will be transported to The Special Event 2003, Jan. 8-11 in Orlando, Fla., where our Advisory Board will pick the winners. The Gala Award winners will be announced at a gala celebration on Jan. 11.

Watch for our January issue, which will contain photos and descriptions of our nominees — representing excellence in events.

BEST FAIR/FESTIVAL

City of Garland, Garland, Texas

JHE Production Group, Concord, N.C.

WOW! Productions, Pasadena, Calif.

BEST INVITATION

Arlene Segal Designs, North Miami Beach, Fla.

Famous Firsts Ltd., Pompano Beach, Fla.

Hannah Handmade Cards, Evanston, Ill.

BEST DINING TABLE DESIGN

Designs by Sean, Dania, Fla.

Legendary Events, Atlanta

MGM Mirage Events, Las Vegas

BEST FOOD PRESENTATION

Creative Cuisine, Columbus, Ohio

Culinary Capers Catering, Vancouver, British Columbia

Ridgewells, Bethesda, Md.

Someone's in the Kitchen, Tarzana, Calif.

BEST CORPORATE/COMPANY PICNIC

An Original Occasion, Los Angeles

Eclectic Events International, Toronto

BEST OFF-PREMISE CATERED EVENT

Chefs Expressions, Timonium, Md.

Classic World Events, San Jose, Calif., and Chefs Expressions, Timonium, Md.

Littlefield Hospitality/Word of Mouth Catering, Austin, Texas

BEST CATERED EVENT PRODUCED BY A HOTEL BANQUET DEPARTMENT

Chicago Marriott Downtown, Chicago/The Meetinghouse Companies Inc., Elmhurst, Ill.

Eagle Ridge Inn & Resort, Galena, Ill.

San Luis Resort, Spa and Conference Center, Galveston, Texas

BEST FUND-RAISING EVENT

Kim, Floren & Green, Long Beach, Calif.

Legendary Events, Atlanta

Timot McGonagle, Nashville, Tenn.

BEST EVENT PRODUCED FOR A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION

Extraordinary Events, Sherman Oaks, Calif.

Timot McGonagle, Nashville, Tenn.

USA Hosts, New Orleans

BEST WEDDING, BUDGET UNDER $500 PER GUEST

Carolyn Dempsey Design Inc., Greenwich, Conn.

Frank Event Design, Chicago

Xena Productions, Dublin, Ireland

BEST WEDDING, BUDGET $500 PER GUEST AND ABOVE

Barbara Wallace Weddings, Corona del Mar, Calif.

MGM Mirage Events, Las Vegas

The Catering Co., Chapel Hill, N.C.

BEST MULTIPLE-DAY INCENTIVE EVENT

Extraordinary Events, Sherman Oaks, Calif.

Extraordinary Events, Sherman Oaks, Calif.

Patti Coons & Associates Event Marketing, Orlando, Fla., and Lori Parks Corporate Events, Bloomfield Village, Mich.

Rare Indigo, Vancouver, British Columbia

BEST FLORAL DESIGN

Emerald City Designs, Farmington Hills, Mich.

Kehoe Designs, Chicago

MGM Mirage Events, Las Vegas, and David Tutera, New York

BEST TENT INSTALLATION

Celebration Rentals, Pipersville, Pa.

De Boer Structures, Kennesaw, Ga.

Napa Valley Party Services, St. Helena, Calif.

BEST USE OF LIGHTING

Brite Ideas Lighting, Irvine, Calif.

Designs by Sean, Dania, Fla.

Express Productions, Gretna, La., and USA Hosts, New Orleans

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN TECHNICAL SUPPORT

BRAVO! Entertainment, Dallas, and VIP Events, Dallas

Creative Technology, Van Nuys, Calif., and Oligopoly Productions, Hermosa Beach, Calif.

Go West Event Productions, Westlake Village, Calif.

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN LOGISTICS

Clear Channel Entertainment Special Events, St. Louis

Imagination, London

Metallic Design Studio, Marietta, Ga., and Tents Unlimited, Atlanta

Vok Dams Gruppe, Wuppertal, Germany

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN EVENT RENTAL SUPPORT

Abbey Event Services, Rancho Dominguez, Calif.

Ducky-Bob's Party & Tent Rentals, Carrollton, Texas

Thorns Group, London

BEST NEW, INNOVATIVE EVENT PRODUCT/TECHNOLOGY

Creations Fantastic, Macon, Ga.

ShowPro, North Hollywood, Calif.

Transformit, Gorham, Maine

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

Airstar Space Lighting, Orlando, Fla., and T. Skorman Productions, Orlando, Fla.

Designs by Sean, Dania, Fla.

The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, Las Vegas

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

Aspen Productions, Atlanta

Timot McGonagle, Nashville, Tenn.

TLC-Creative Special Effects, Marina del Rey, Calif.

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

Creative Consulting Specialists, Northbrook, Ill.

Extraordinary Events, Sherman Oaks, Calif.

USA Hosts, New Orleans

MOST OUTSTANDING SPECTACLE EVENT

Clear Channel Entertainment Special Events, St. Louis

ME3 Productions, Long Beach, Calif.

USA Hosts, New Orleans

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

A Wynning Event, Los Angeles

Legendary Events, Atlanta

Mitchell's Catering & Events, Raleigh, N.C.

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

Designs by Sean, Dania, Fla.

Good Gracious! Events, Los Angeles

Someone's in the Kitchen, Tarzana, Calif.

BEST EVENT MARKETING CAMPAIGN

Charles Banfield Productions, Los Angeles

Extraordinary Events, Sherman Oaks, Calif.

Vok Dams Gruppe, Wuppertal, Germany

BEST THEATRICAL ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCTION

PGI, Vancouver, British Columbia

The Full Effect, Bedford, England

Timot McGonagle, Nashville, Tenn.

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

An Original Occasion, Los Angeles

Kehoe Designs, Chicago

Rare Indigo, Vancouver, British Columbia

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

An Original Occasion, Los Angeles

EventWorks, Los Angeles

Randy Fuhrman's Creative Concept, Los Angeles

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

Designs by Sean, Dania, Fla.

MGM Mirage Events, Las Vegas

Timot McGonagle, Nashville, Tenn.

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

Distinctive Design Events, Otto, N.C.

Key Events, San Francisco

Someone's in the Kitchen, Tarzana, Calif.

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

Aspen Productions, Atlanta

Bravo Productions, Long Beach, Calif.

The Meetinghouse Companies Inc., Elmhurst, Ill., and Chicago Marriott Downtown, Chicago

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

Carlson White, Selangor, Malaysia

Clear Channel Entertainment Special Events, St. Louis

Lena Malouf Events, Sydney, Australia

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

Extraordinary Events, Sherman Oaks, Calif.

Vok Dams Gruppe, Wuppertal, Germany

Zed Ink, Marina del Rey, Calif.

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