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  • ISES New York Chapter Announces Winners of Big Apple Awards

    On Tuesday, June 29, 2010 the New York metro chapter of the International Special Events Society held its annual Big Apple Awards and board of directors installation ceremony at the Edison Ballroom. Incoming President Howard Givner called it the “most successful gala in several years.” With more than 250 guests in attendance, the society praised event achievements of individuals and companies in 20 categories.

    Along with the winners of this year’s awards, the ISES NY Metro inducted industry veterans into the Hall of Legends in recognition of their career achievements. The four honorees were Ark Restaurants vice president Walter Rauscher, Marcy Blum Associates founder and president Marcy Blum, Pink Inc. C.E.O. and creative director Debra Roth, and Academy Bus C.E.O. Francis Tedesco. Additionally, the Child Abuse Prevention Program and New York City’s Office of Citywide Event Coordination and Management received ISES CORE Awards for exhibiting the best event results to advance their mission.

    9th Annual Big Gala Award winners include:

    Best Corporate Event

    Best Corporate Multiple-day Event
    Barkley Kalpak Associates

    Best Demonstration of R.O.I.
    Sophist Productions

    Best Entertainment/Program Concept
    Bounce Music and Entertainment

    Best Fund Raising
    LW Events

    Best Application/Use of C.S.R. Strategy or Green Initiative
    Wizard Studios

    Best Invitation Design
    Ceci New York

    Best ISES New York Metro Chapter Collaboration
    Pink Inc.

    Best New Rental Item
    Pink Inc.

    Best New Venue
    92nd Y Tribeca

    Best Overall Design/Decor
    Wedding Library by Claudia Hanlin and Jennifer Zabinski

    Best Photographic Image
    Andre Maier Photography

    Best PR/Marketing Initiative
    Global Events

    Best Social Event
    Wedding Library for Claudia Hanlin and Jennifer Zabinski

    Best Tabletop Design
    Wedding Library for Claudia Hanlin and Jennifer Zabinski

    Best Use of Social Media
    Pink Inc. and Fifth Avenue Digital

    Best Use of Lighting
    Levy Lighting

    Best Video for an Event
    Avenue 5 Films

    Among the gala’s sponsors were Avenue 5 Films, Dave Lawrence Acoustic, Drape Kings, Edison Ballroom, Events Force, Photo Bureau, Pink Inc., Vali Entertainment, and Wizard Studios.