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And The Award Goes To: Gala Updates

Reminder of the Gala Awards updates and details

It's once again time to celebrate the best of the best! Nominations are still being accepted for the Special Events 2023 Gala awards! We invite you to submit your best work from the past year. Join in the excitement and the spirit of our industry as we celebrate the hard work and exceptional accomplishments of our peers.

Reminder that this year's Gala awards will be like no other since you can now enter brand new categories, and the application process has been made easier with the elimination of providing the client’s budget.

This year's new categories include:

Designer of the Year
This award is presented to the company whose design work has been exceptional in all aspects throughout the year. Events of any size or type executed within the United States of America will be considered.

Best Fundraising or Nonprofit Event
Must include both gross and net money raised in U.S. dollars. Client must be a registered nonprofit.

Micro Event of the Year
A micro event is defined as an event for 50 guests or fewer, that stands out as extraordinary and innovative.

Virtual or Hybrid Event of the Year
The event must include some type of virtual element.

Sustainability in Events
Events must place a keen eye on sustainability (i.e., zero waste, diversity, equity & inclusion, etc.).

To submit an entry to this year's Gala awards and see the full list of categories, please visit our awards portal at

Important Dates

  • Jan. 1st, 2022–Nov. 30, 2022 | Eligibility Period for Entries
  • Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022 | Regular submission deadline ($99 fee)
  • Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022 | Late Bird submission deadline ($160 fee)
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