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In brief: Events honored

Special Events magazine honored the best work by special-events professionals in 2007 with its annual Gala Awards, presented Jan. 19 at a black-tie ceremony in Atlanta.

Special Events magazine honored the best work by special-events professionals in 2007 with its annual Gala Awards, presented Jan. 19 at a black-tie ceremony in Atlanta. Nearly three dozen projects were honored, ranging from best multiple-day event for a corporation to best event produced for a corporation with a budget of $500,000 or more. A full list with descriptions can be found at www.specialevents.com. Click on “Gala Winners Named.”

Here are some of the winners:

  • Best multiple-day incentive event: Jobe & Associates, Dublin, Ohio, for its work for Nationwide Financial Services “Champions of the Mountain” incentive program honoring 290 participants. Highlights from five days in Colorado Springs, Colo., included performances by seven Olympic ice skaters and singer Sheryl Crow. Participants also were asked to select gifts from personalized gift catalogs that included items from Tiffany, Louis Vuitton and Apple.
  • Best event entertainment concept and execution, entertainment budget under $25,000: Extraordinary Events, Sherman Oaks, Calif., for its work on a corporate event. The company animated employees’ photos and had actors talk via animated mouths, similar to the technique used by late-night comic Conan O’Brien.
  • Best event produced for a corporation, overall budget under $100,000: Harith Productions, Willow Grove, Pa., and Designs by Sean, Dania, Fla., for their work on an incentive event that offered an immersion in the culture of Mexico’s ancient Maya and Aztec civilizations. The event featured local artifacts purchased from local artisans, a ballet folklorico performance and a menu of largely local, organic products.
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