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.