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And the Gala Award Goes To...Take Over The Night

Part 2 in our 2023 Gala Award Feature Series

All photos courtesy Justin Munter Photography 

Gala Award Recipient for Best Event for a Private Individual 

How do you come up with a new, unusual, and exciting Mitzvah, when clients attend the same celebrations throughout the year for their friends and family? This was the question at hand when Star Trax Events was tasked with a high-expectations client—something tricky when you are the top Bar and Bat Mitzvah planning company in Michigan and serve 95% of the Jewish community in creating Mitzvahs. Even trickier? Most of the guests had attended three different Mitzvahs at the same venue, three weeks in a row. 

It turns out, with the right team and creative mindset, you can create something never done before. 

Star Trax helped their client “Take Over the Night” with this award-winning affair. Using blue LED lights, flowers, and accent glassware, Star Trax set the mood for an ambient event. The room was customized by a 24’ LED wall surrounded by a 50’ custom design with floor to ceiling neon. The timeline, interactive activities, and entertainment set the stage for an unforgettable evening filled with creativity and fun. 

The night was all about the Bar Mitzvah boy, who was incorporated into the custom content throughout the evening: a green screen video shoot honoring him, a kid’s soda bar with custom Jones soda bottles, highlighted initials with different sayings and neon signage, a custom 3-D photo backdrop, and custom menus. 

Overall, the event was fun for kids and adults alike—and everyone could say this was a Bar Mitzvah like they’d never seen before. 

Congratulations to Star Trax Events for taking home the award for Best Event for a Private Individual!  

To submit an entry to this year's Gala awards, please visit our awards portal.  

Important Dates  

  • Tuesday, April 1, 2023 | Gala Award Submissions Open  
  • September 1, 2022-September, 30, 2023 | Eligibility Period for Entries  
  • Sunday, October 15, 2023 | Regular submission deadline ($99 fee)  
  • Tuesday, October 31, 2023 | Late Bird submission deadline ($160 fee)  

If you are interested in entering in the ACE awards instead, you can enter the 2024 Catersource ACE awards in the same online portal as the Gala awards. Catersource + The Special Event will run February 12-15, 2024 in Austin, TX. Both the ACE and Gala awards will be presented during the conference at a to-be-determined location in Austin. 


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