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People’s Choice Voting Is Now Open

Hundreds of submissions poured in and the finalists have been announced—now we need your help to determine the winners. Make sure your voice is heard and vote for your favorites in each of the nine People’s Choice categories.

Voting closes October 12 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Winners will be announced at BizBash Live: The Expo New York on Tuesday, October 28 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center during the special Event Style Awards ceremonies. Also stay tuned to @BizBashLive as the winners are live-tweeted from the event.

For more information, visit bizbash.com/expony or call 646.839.6831.

Voting Rules: Voters may cast one vote in each category every 24 hours.

1. Best Corporate Event Concept—Budget Over $250,000

1. Best Corporate Event Concept—Budget Over $250,000 (One vote per category permitted)
Awarded for the most innovative and effective theme for an event planned by or for a corporation. Entries may include a new theme for an established annual event or a creative concept for a new event, and highlight how this was executed through aspects such as catering, entertainment, decor, technology and/or social media integration, and guest interaction. Submissions should highlight how the concept reflected the messaging and goal of the event; the event’s total budget must be more than $250,000.

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  • Puppy Bowl X Experience - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist
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    Puppy Bowl X Experience - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist Puppy Bowl X Experience

    Submitted by Discovery Communications

    This year, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of its Puppy Bowl—the programming that premieres before the Super Bowl—Animal Planet hosted a free public activation in New York’s Times Square, just one block from Super Bowl XLVIII’s fan fest. The network teamed up with Discovery Communications' global events and brand activation team to create a replica of the Puppy Bowl field with stadium seating, a Jumbotron, a locker room, a tailgating area with games, and a Hall of Fame. A two-story interactive social media wall aggregated live updates, and the A.S.P.C.A. was on hand to facilitate adoptions. The five-day activation generated 15,000 visitors, and the buzz helped contribute to the most-watched Puppy Bowl broadcast ever. ×
  • 2014 AMC Upfront - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist
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    2014 AMC Upfront - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist 2014 AMC Upfront

    Submitted by Empire Entertainment

    For its 2014 upfront, AMC aimed to live up to its mantra of “Something More” by going above and beyond the typical presentation. The network worked with Empire Entertainment to bring an audience of 600 advertisers, marketers, members of the press, and TV executives to an interactive dinner theater event at Pier 36 Basketball City in New York. Throughout the night, a cast of 80 actors worked with 360-degree screen content and sound effects to immerse the audience in sequences and highlights from AMC’s programming. Dinner concluded when an invasion of Walking Dead zombies pushed guests into the after-party. ×
  • Target's "Best.Snowday.Ever" - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist
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    Target's "Best.Snowday.Ever" - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist Target's "Best.Snowday.Ever"

    Submitted by Deustch

    Residents of Southern California got an unexpected sight last holiday season: snow. Target teamed up with AEG and L.A. Live to bring a free public event to downtown Los Angeles, filling L.A. Live with 180 tons of snow, carnival games, a giant sledding hill with a 30-foot snow castle, and—the main motivation for the winter wonderland—a “Giving Station.” Guests received a token for each event they participated in and later used their tokens to vote for one of four local charities at the Giving Station. Target donated money from the three-day event to all four charities; the one with the most tokens received $10,000. ×
  • Universal Music Group 2014 Grammy After-Party - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist
    Universal Music Group 2014 Grammy After-Party
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    Universal Music Group 2014 Grammy After-Party - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist Universal Music Group 2014 Grammy After-Party

    Submitted by Krislyn Design

    Universal Music Group wanted to do something special and attention-grabbing for its party following the 2014 Grammy awards, both to celebrate its award-winning artists and to highlight the fact the occasion was the first event at the newly refurbished United Artists theater at the Ace Hotel Los Angeles. Local production company Krislyn Design decked the seats of the theater—the first time it had ever been done in the historic venue—to bring the guests closer to the unique Spanish Gothic-style ceiling and walls; the setup also increased the event space by more than 4,000 square feet. ×
  • Heineken Champions Express - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist
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    Heineken Champions Express - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist Heineken Champions Express

    Submitted by Coterie Spark

    Heineken aimed to create a unique viewing experience for 1,200 Mexican millennial soccer fans in the Houston area. The beer brand worked with Latino marketing agency Remezcla on the event concept, design, and activation plan. Remezcla in turn collaborated with event management firm Coterie Spark to create a high-definition, custom-animated train for the viewing of the final match of the UEFA Champions league. The train “transported” guests from the check-in area to the viewing area (mimicking an authentic European rail experience and evoking the soccer team’s journey to the final), which had 400-foot screens, stadium-style seating, and, of course, plenty of Heineken products at the bar. ×
2. Best Corporate Event Concept—Budget Under $250,000

2. Best Corporate Event Concept—Budget Under $250,000 (One vote per category permitted)
Awarded for the most innovative and effective theme for an event planned by or for a corporation. Entries may include a new theme for an established annual event or a creative concept for a new event, and highlight how this was executed through aspects such as catering, entertainment, decor, technology and/or social media integration, and guest interaction. Submissions should highlight how the concept reflected the messaging and goal of the event; the event’s total budget must be $250,000 or less.

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  • Corporate Holiday Party - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist
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    Corporate Holiday Party - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist Corporate Holiday Party

    Submitted by Blueprint Studios

    For a corporate holiday party at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, Blueprint Studios blended the fairytale of Snow White with more traditional wintertime themes to create a unique, elegant experience for the client. Each room of the party worked to bring the two together, from the bars—one of which held the Evil Queen’s Magic Mirror, while the other evoked Santa’s workshop—to the two dining rooms, which incorporated scenes of snowy railroad landscapes and the Seven Dwarfs. ×
  • Kawasaki's "Gaslamp Takeover" - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist
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    Kawasaki's "Gaslamp Takeover" - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist Kawasaki's "Gaslamp Takeover"

    Submitted by Access Destination Services

    Kawasaki—the motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle, and personal watercraft company—wanted to make an impact for the final night of its dealer meeting. The Japan-based company teamed up with Access Destination Services to create a private V.I.P. block party in San Diego for 1,000 of its top dealers and their families. There was also a two-block public motorcycle demonstration that showcased the newest Kawasaki motorcycles. The stunt show was timed for the end of a San Diego Padres game, so a crowd of 50,000 witnessed the event and learned about the brand. ×
  • La Quinta Inn & Suites' Annual Meeting - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist
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    La Quinta Inn & Suites' Annual Meeting - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist La Quinta Inn & Suites' Annual Meeting

    Submitted by Raymond Ramsay & Associates

    At the Waikoloa Bowl in Hawaii last March, La Quinta Inn & Suites broke three Guinness World Records in 90 minutes—and achieved its teambuilding and philanthropy goals at the same time. After creating the world’s longest human towel chain (with 1,113 participants) and the largest towel mosaic (a 23,960-square-foot American flag), the towels were donated to the military. The company also constructed the longest high-five chain, with 1,110 participants, creating a record-breaking, memorable teambuilding exercise for employees. ×
  • The Outlet Collection at Niagara's Grand Opening Event - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist
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    The Outlet Collection at Niagara's Grand Opening Event - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist The Outlet Collection at Niagara's Grand Opening Event

    Submitted by The Mint Agency

    For the V.I.P. grand opening of the Outlet Collection at Niagara, the largest open-air outlet shopping center in Canada, the Mint Agency paid homage to the local landscape through the themes of nature, water, and wine. An audience of 350 executives, media, and local personalities were welcomed to a tented space where they experienced wine barrel walls, free wine tastings and education, and local farm-to-table catering. The theme of water dominated the tent with everything from a branded waterfall bar and floor-to-ceiling cascading water walls to a dry-ice waterfall and custom-built water pod stages that accompanied the evening’s dance entertainment. ×
3. Best Event Decor—Budget Over $250,000

3. Best Event Decor—Budget Over $250,000 (One vote per category permitted)
Awarded for outstanding creation of an effective, attractive environment at a corporate, association, or nonprofit event. Entries may include a mix of decor, lighting, staging, entertainment, tabletop items, special effects, signage, or other elements used to create an atmosphere that communicated the event’s message. The event’s total budget must be more than $250,000.

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  • Absolut's Tales of the Cocktail Welcome Reception - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist
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    Absolut's Tales of the Cocktail Welcome Reception - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist Absolut's Tales of the Cocktail Welcome Reception

    Submitted by Legacy Marketing Partners

    For its welcome reception to the annual Tales of the Cocktail festival, Absolut Vodka created 15 unique events in one at New Orleans’s Arnaud’s restaurant. The vodka brand invited leading mixologists to share how Absolut inspires them by helping them create their own fully immersive sensory experiences in the restaurant’s 14 different rooms. Each room was transformed through the decor, set designs, sound and lighting, music, costumed actors, florals, and food and beverage; for example, a “Garden of Good and Evil” room was decorated as an elegant Southern garden, with indigenous plants, native bird sounds, and three large fountains flowing with Absolut cocktails. ×
  • Automotive Leasing Company's 75th Anniversary Party - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist
    Automotive Leasing Company's 75th Anniversary Party
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    Automotive Leasing Company's 75th Anniversary Party - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist Automotive Leasing Company's 75th Anniversary Party

    Submitted by HMR Designs

    For the 75th anniversary an automotive leasing company, HMR Designs took over the Great Hall at Union Station in Chicago with a party for 1,400 employees and guests. The bash had an appropriate car theme: at the entrance, a custom-made banquette built around a 1930s automobile was displayed. Passing trays were constructed out of hubcaps, and food station marquee signs were decorated with cantilevered arrows, tires, and giant letters highlighting the company’s principals. ×
  • Food Network's 20th Birthday Party - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist
    Food Network's 20th Birthday Party
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    Food Network's 20th Birthday Party - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist Food Network's 20th Birthday Party

    Submitted by Mirrorball

    For the Food Network’s 20th anniversary, the channel teamed up with Mirrorball and Great Performances to create a multisensory, immersive experience for more than 1,000 V.I.P.s at Pier 92 in New York. Guests were greeted by a towering birthday “cake” composed of whitewashed vintage televisions playing old Food Network clips; it, along with nearly a dozen more food stations and interactive art installations, formed a retrospective “museum” of the channel’s history. The event—which had eye-catching decorative elements like a chandelier of macarons and an art installation made from pages of Food Network magazine—generated more than four million media impressions. ×
  • High-Tech Indian Wedding - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist
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    High-Tech Indian Wedding - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist High-Tech Indian Wedding

    Submitted by AOO Events

    For a wedding in Laguna Niguel, California, AOO Events created a balance between a traditional Indian ceremony and a more contemporary gathering, mixing classic colors and florals with high-tech digital projections. The wedding’s more traditional focal point was a custom-made mandap adorned with 6,000 red and fuchsia roses, accented with white hydrangeas and orange marigold garlands; 1,000 roses covered the base and steps. Since the bride’s father was a well-known tech executive, AOO Events also used digital mapping, video projection, music, and sound effects to create a choreographed theatrical show that documented the couple’s journey together. ×
  • PopSugar Digital NewFront - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist
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    PopSugar Digital NewFront - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist PopSugar Digital NewFront

    Submitted by BMF Media

    For its digital NewFront, PopSugar focused on its core audience by creating an elegant, feminine event for an audience of 350 digital media influencers. BMF Media worked with Eleventh Street Workshop to turn Industria Superstudio in New York into an outdoor park, with Astroturf, eight-foot trees, and café-like seating decorated with candles, pillows, and blankets. Hand-drawn skylines decorated the walls, and digitally mapped billboards showed upcoming PopSugar programs. The stage was designed to look like a chic feminine house, and the DJ booth—the most Instagrammed moment of the NewFront season—was decorated with an oversize paper-flower backdrop. ×
4. Best Event Decor—Budget Under $250,000

4. Best Event Decor—Budget Under $250,000 (One vote per category permitted)
Awarded for outstanding creation of an effective, attractive environment at a corporate, association, or nonprofit event. Entries may include a mix of decor, lighting, staging, entertainment, tabletop items, special effects, signage, or other elements used to create an atmosphere that communicated the event’s message. The event’s total budget must be $250,000 or less.

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  • Godiva Lounge at Warner Brothers and In Style Golden Globes Party - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist
    Godiva Lounge at Warner Brothers and In Style Golden Globes Party
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    Godiva Lounge at Warner Brothers and In Style Golden Globes Party - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist Godiva Lounge at Warner Brothers and In Style Golden Globes Party

    Submitted by Abel McCallister Designs

    For eight years, Godiva has sponsored the lounge at the Warner Brothers and In Style Golden Globes after-party, a powerful promotional tool for the brand. For the 2014 lounge, Abel McCallister Designs constructed a sequence of elaborate sculptural wall hangings celebrating the art of love. In a whimsical setting full of shimmering gold accents (and lavish truffles for sampling), guests were invited to “find the heart” in each display. Each sculpture was hand-built, taking more than 500 man-hours to construct. Guests lingered in front of each panel, discovering the hidden heart shapes, and observing the range of techniques and references. Later, Godiva’s Facebook album of photos of the decor garnered more than 1,000 likes. ×
  • Hudson River Park Trust's Gala - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist
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    Hudson River Park Trust's Gala - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist Hudson River Park Trust's Gala

    Submitted by 360 Design Events

    The Hudson River Park Trust Gala’s fund-raising gala raises support for Friends of Hudson River Park to maintain the five-mile stretch of land that runs along the West Side of Manhattan. 360 Event Designs transformed Pier 57 Hudson Park, creating a cocktail space with enticing patterns of hundreds of glowing frosted bud vases; scaffolding towers were erected and arranged as focal points. Contrasting the cocktail space, the dining room was a juxtaposition of moody nighttime shades, accented with vibrant greens and touches of hot pink. A 15-foot-tall sparkling tree of lights anchored the stage and was illuminated in sections demonstrating how many donations were raised. Table centerpieces reflected the West Side neighborhoods that abut the park and featured high-impact images set off with floating candles. Materials used for the event were selected based upon environmental impact, and event decor was later donated to Materials for the Arts, a nonprofit organization that supplies art materials to public schools. ×
  • Southern Makers - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist
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    Southern Makers - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist Southern Makers

    Submitted by Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood

    Southern Makers was designed as a curated platform where the most skilled and accomplished “makers” in various trades could connect with one another, while attracting adventurers from all over the country to experience Alabama’s finest. The event decor was an important component in effectively communicating quality, pride, handmade, homegrown, and sustainable traditions and lifestyles within a modern context in the state of Alabama. The production team worked on event details such as decor, staging, tabletop items, and signage to ensure that they represented Southern Makers in a noncorporate, inviting, and artistic style. All of the event sets were made from reclaimed wood and architectural salvaged materials. ×
  • The Modern Honolulu Hotel's Holiday Campaign - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist
    The Modern Honolulu Hotel's Holiday Campaign
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    The Modern Honolulu Hotel's Holiday Campaign - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist The Modern Honolulu Hotel's Holiday Campaign

    Submitted by Curate Decor & Design

    Curate Decor & Design was tasked by the Modern Honolulu Hotel to interpret the holidays in a fresh and modern perspective that was reflective of the hotel's brand. The result was “The Modern Gift”—a story told with decor, using elements of physical gifts deconstructed to create impactful installations. Complementing the hotel’s brand, bold black, white, and gold accents were key elements of the design. Installations included a window display consisting of 240 oversize gold gift tags that welcomed guests as they arrived to the property; an eight-foot Christmas tree made with a 936 hand-rolled papers (representing the tissue paper in a gift box); two large walls mounted with 923 high-gloss, black pillow gift boxes in a herringbone and vertical pattern; and custom-built oversize wooden cubes painted in a crisp white hue and wrapped in gold ribbon to complete the holiday spirit of giving. ×
  • U.S. Travel Association's IPW (International Pow Wow) Closing-Night Party - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist
    U.S. Travel Association's IPW (International Pow Wow) Closing-Night Party
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    U.S. Travel Association's IPW (International Pow Wow) Closing-Night Party - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist U.S. Travel Association's IPW (International Pow Wow) Closing-Night Party

    Submitted by Kehoe Designs

    Kehoe Designs transformed Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry into an experience that shared aspects of Chicago designed to go beyond the tourist experience and generate a new perception of the Windy City. Guests were taken through areas of Chicago, from Magnificent Mile, represented by luxury and high-energy, to Devon Avenue, a microcosm of Indian culture. Hosting the event within Chicago’s interactive museum brought challenges and opportunities for the design team. Massive decor elements were used to find the balance between exhibits, such as a 747 airplane and the U-505 German submarine, as well as other aspects such as an immovable 80-foot public ticket area, which had to be hidden. ×
5. Best Marketing Activation or Guerilla Marketing Campaign

5. Best Marketing Activation or Guerilla Marketing Campaign (One vote per category permitted)
Awarded to the most original and effective promotion, stunt, giveaway, street-team initiative, or other type of guerilla marketing to generate sales, press, or buzz for a product or brand.

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  • Carlsberg's Join the Greats Campaign - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist
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    Carlsberg's Join the Greats Campaign - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist Carlsberg's Join the Greats Campaign

    Submitted by Verve Marketing

    To promote its association with the Liverpool Football Club and deepen consumer engagement in Ireland, Danish beer brand Carlsberg tapped Verve Marketing to create an experiential competition that brought a video booth, three of the club’s famous players, and a secret rooftop soccer pitch to Dublin in March this year. Inside a video booth, public visitors were invited to explain why they are great fans of Liverpool, and, based on certain criteria, three of the club’s “greats”—Robbie Fowler, Didi Hamann, and Jason McAteer—selected three winners, who each had 90 minutes to gather three friends. The two that made it back with their trio fastest competed against each other on the rooftop soccer pitch alongside their Liverpool “great.” The winning team won a V.I.P. weekend to see Liverpool’s last game of the season and to play on the club’s home stadium, Anfield. Results from the campaign included PR value estimated at more than €1,000,000. ×
  • Coca-Cola's "Share a Coke" Gallery - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist
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    Coca-Cola's "Share a Coke" Gallery - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist Coca-Cola's "Share a Coke" Gallery

    Submitted by Verve Marketing

    To launch Coca-Cola’s 2014 “Share a Coke” campaign in Ireland—which involved swapping the brand’s name with one of more than 500 popular Irish names on Coke bottles—Verve Marketing built three outdoor pop-up art galleries in high footfall city centers around the country. The galleries were filled with 600 framed art pieces, each showing a Coke bottle personalized with a name. Gift tags on each piece encouraged visitors to the pop-up to take the free artwork and tweet using the hashtag #ShareaCoke. The pieces were taken within 90 minutes and, in the month following the campaign, Coke saw an increase in sales volume and brand sentiment. ×
  • Target's "#PerfectMonday" Program - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist
    Target's "#PerfectMonday" Program
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    Target's "#PerfectMonday" Program - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist Target's "#PerfectMonday" Program

    Submitted by Periscope

    To drive authentic conversation and create positive brand impressions for Target, marketing agency Periscope created the “#PerfectMonday” program. Targeting moms and families in four key markets—Denver; Chicago; Austin, Texas; and Stamford, Connecticut—the campaign involved surprising random consumers with something to help them beat the Monday blues, including picking up the tab for coffee, lunch, tanks of gas, bus tickets, parking, and day care in high-traffic areas. The organizers also took over entire restaurants, paying for the dinner of every person inside, and gave gift cards to families at local Target stores. Each participant was given a #PerfectMonday takeaway to encourage social sharing. The program saw 10,422 total guest interactions, 78 percent redemption in gift cards (driving more than $10,000 in incremental sales), and 844,145 total social media impressions. ×
  • Target's "Best.Snowday.Ever" - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist
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    Target's "Best.Snowday.Ever" - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist Target's "Best.Snowday.Ever"

    Submitted by Deutsch

    Residents of Southern California got an unexpected sight last holiday season: snow. Target teamed up with AEG and L.A. Live to bring a free public event to downtown Los Angeles, filling L.A. Live with 180 tons of snow, carnival games, a giant sledding hill with a 30-foot snow castle, and—the main motivation for the winter wonderland—a “Giving Station.” Guests received a token for each event they participated in and later used their tokens to vote for one of four local charities at the Giving Station. Target donated money from the three-day event to all four charities; the one with the most tokens received $10,000. ×
  • Target's Snack Shack Tour - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist
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    Target's Snack Shack Tour - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist Target's Snack Shack Tour

    Submitted by David Stark Design & Production

    Looking to foster an authentic and emotional connection among its grocery brands, consumers, and the local community, Target tapped David Stark Design & Production to craft a series of consumer-facing experiences in three key markets. The team produced an eye-catching installation, dubbed the Snack Shack, which popped up in summer recreation spots and invited visitors to interact with a variety of branded activities. That included posing alongside oversize grocery props such as a giant sandwich and jug of milk in a photo op area, playing a life-size game of tick-tac-toe with grocery products as game pieces, or sitting at picnic tables equipped with grocery-theme playing cards. Families could also grab prepackaged meal kits in reusable containers that also included trackable coupons to drive traffic back to the stores. Through the Snack Shack, Target distributed 18,000 meal kits with coupons, more than 50,000 product samples, and 300 gift cards. Coupons redeemed from 1 to 2 percent higher than similar coupon distribution and grocery spend; grocery spend was 5 percent higher with event gift cards compared to all gift card transactions; and the photo op’s email capture rates on emailed photo shares ranged from 75 to 111 percent. ×
6. Best Nonprofit Event Concept—Budget Over $250,000

6. Best Nonprofit Event Concept—Budget Over $250,000 (One vote per category permitted)
Awarded for the most innovative and effective theme for an event planned by or for a nonprofit organization. Entries may include a new theme for an established annual event or a creative concept for a new event and should highlight how it helped drive the mission and goal of the nonprofit. This event’s total budget must be more than $250,000.

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  • Creative Time's 2014 Gala - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist
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    Creative Time's 2014 Gala - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist Creative Time's 2014 Gala

    Submitted by BMF Media

    Tracing the history of sugar and the slave trade from Africa to the West Indies to the Americas, BMF Media adapted artist Kara Walker’s installation—a massive sugarcoated sphinx-turned-mummy—into the concept for Creative Time’s 2014 gala. The installation debuted with a 700-person dinner held at the Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn. With the help of Eleventh Street Workshop, Hatch Creative Studio, and Creative Edge, the producers were able to take guests on a cultural and sensory journey following the historical sugar trade routes, conveying the theme with everything from the decor to the cuisine. Guests were invited to purchase one-of-a-kind works of art, ultimately raising more than $1.3 million for Creative Time. ×
  • Jackson Memorial Foundation's 2014 Golden Angels Gala - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist
    Jackson Memorial Foundation's 2014 Golden Angels Gala
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    Jackson Memorial Foundation's 2014 Golden Angels Gala - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist Jackson Memorial Foundation's 2014 Golden Angels Gala

    Submitted by Wow Factor Marketing Group

    For the Jackson Memorial Foundation’s 2014 Golden Angels gala, Wow Factor Marketing Group looked to reinvent the nonprofit’s event by asking Miami’s social set to “Meet Jack” at Ice Palace Studios. Guests entered “Jackson Station,” where two 20-foot LED walls showcased footage and sound effects of trains arriving at the station. At a chosen moment, the conductor called for all attendees to board the train, prompting doors to open into another room where guests would “Meet Jack.” In the main space a neon green ribbon installation formed the word “Jack” over the dance floor, and playfully named stations—Jack & Jill, Jack Frost, Jack & the Bean Stock, and Black Jack—held performers, activities, and food and drink. At the end of the night, “Jack” was finally revealed to be Jackson Memorial Hospital. ×
  • Pacific Pride Foundation's Royal Ball - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist
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    Pacific Pride Foundation's Royal Ball - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist Pacific Pride Foundation's Royal Ball

    Submitted by Merryl Brown Events

    More than 600 guests gathered at the Bacara Resort and Spa in California for Pacific Pride Foundation’s Royal Ball, a fund-raising event focused on increasing money, awareness, supporters, and presence for the L.G.B.T. community. This year’s “Gay Paris”-inspired event brought in $250,000, which was critically important after the nonprofit’s government funding was cut. Top-tier sponsors were seated in private “Royal Boxes” with custom furnishings, while others sat at private and V.I.P. tables. An adjoining terrace featured a 40-foot Eiffel Tower and allowed guests the versatility of moving between dancing and dining. Flamenco dancers, costumed stilt walkers, and other performers entertained guests throughout the night. ×
  • Safeway Foundation's 2013 Gala - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist
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    Safeway Foundation's 2013 Gala - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist Safeway Foundation's 2013 Gala

    Submitted by Blueprint Studios

    To help the Safeway Foundation express gratitude to its benefactors and celebrate the year’s accomplishments at its 2013 gala, Blueprint Studios transformed Pier 48 in San Francisco. Drawing more than 2,000 supporters, the annual black-tie charity event stunned guests, including Kelly Clarkson and Viola Davis, as they entered the color-coordinated, immersive experience. Everything from the bars to the chandeliers was decorated with custom graphic prints to embolden the nonprofit’s brand. Through a silent auction, the event raised millions to help combat child hunger in the United States. ×
  • XPrize Visioneering 2014 conference - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist
    XPrize Visioneering 2014 conference
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    XPrize Visioneering 2014 conference - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist XPrize Visioneering 2014 conference

    Submitted by Campos Creative Works

    To raise awareness and funds to help solve Global Grand Challenges, Campos Creative Works took advantage of the natural elements at Terranea Resort in California to provide a creative and innovative backdrop for the multiday XPrize Visioneering 2014 Conference. The exclusive gathering of corporate leaders, philanthropists, heads of innovation, and trustees was designed to engage, motivate, and inspire visioneers to develop innovative prize concepts on topics such as aging, climate change adaptation, cybersecurity, and literacy. For the setting, the meadow provided an ideal backdrop for attendees to meet for workshops during the day. Later in the evening, the meadow was dramatically transformed with fun, elegant feasting tables that provided a space for interaction as well as a sense of community for the attendees. A winner was determined during the final night award dinner, where attendees voted with glow sticks to provide a fun and colorful atmosphere. The most recent prize concept to be fully realized was the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder XPrize. ×
7. Best Nonprofit Event Concept—Budget Under $250,000

7. Best Nonprofit Event Concept—Budget Under $250,000 (One vote per category permitted)
Awarded for the most innovative and effective theme for an event planned by or for a nonprofit organization. Entries may include a new theme for an established annual event or a creative concept for a new event and should highlight how it helped drive the mission and goal of the nonprofit. The event’s total budget must be $250,000 or less.

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  • American Heart Association's 2014 Boston Heart Ball - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist
    American Heart Association's 2014 Boston Heart Ball
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    American Heart Association's 2014 Boston Heart Ball - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist American Heart Association's 2014 Boston Heart Ball

    Submitted by American Heart Association

    Raising money to fund life-saving research, the American Heart Association’s 2014 Boston Heart Ball gathered corporate executives and philanthropists for the annual black-tie gala. Featuring a “Singing in the Rain” theme, unique decor transformed the Weston Copley Place Hotel into a not-to-miss charity event. More than 500 attendees from Boston to New York gathered and raised more than $850,000. The highlight of the night was a hip-hop version of Gene Kelly’s iconic scene from the movie from renowned dancers Russell Ferguson and Khalid Hill. ×
  • Celebrity Series' Le Grand Continental - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist
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    Celebrity Series' Le Grand Continental - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist Celebrity Series' Le Grand Continental

    Submitted by Celebrity Series of Boston

    Celebrating the closing weekend of its 75th anniversary season, Celebrity Series of Boston brought to Copley Square Le Grand Continental by Montreal-based company Sylvain Émard Danse. Ranging in ages from 9 to 73, 110 amateur dancers from 11 Boston neighborhoods and 25 surrounding communities gathered to perform a 30-minute piece inspired by line dancing and contemporary movement. The free, outdoor public dance event broke physical and financial barriers to entry, inviting the general public to enjoy the dance, demonstrating that anyone can be an artist, regardless of experience. ×
  • Nature Conservancy of Arizona's "Restoring Arizona's Forests" Opening and Dinner - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist
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    Nature Conservancy of Arizona's "Restoring Arizona's Forests" Opening and Dinner - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist Nature Conservancy of Arizona's "Restoring Arizona's Forests" Opening and Dinner

    Submitted by Nature Conservancy of Arizona

    To unveil the “Restoring Arizona’s Forests” exhibit and mark the beginning of its fund-raising campaign, the Nature Conservancy of Arizona gathered 125 guests for dinner on Main Street in Scottsdale. Guests were teased with a pencil sketch save-the-date card, followed by an invitation custom-made by Ed Mell. The nature theme was seen throughout the event—farm table seating, branch chandeliers, small tree rounds as gifts, and a meal made with locally grown ingredients. Guests were then escorted to the new art gallery, which featured fine art made from Arizona woods and educational displays. In five months, the conservancy raised $1.5 million, halfway to the goal of $3 million in three years. ×
  • San Francisco Symphony's 2013 Opening-Night Gala - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist
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    San Francisco Symphony's 2013 Opening-Night Gala - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist San Francisco Symphony's 2013 Opening-Night Gala

    Submitted by Blueprint Studios

    To celebrate a new season, and raise funds for education, community, and artistic programs, the San Francisco Symphony’s 2013 opening-night gala took over Davies Symphony Hall, Grove Street Promenade, and San Francisco City Hall. Patrons and benefactors gathered for the black-tie event, which included a sparkling wine reception, a concert by Audra McDonald, and an after-party. Blueprint sought to integrate the theme of "A Jazz Symphony" into all aspects of the event: the dinner tent featured transparent tables paired with upscale acrylic chairs, angular vases held small red floral arrangements, and pale blue lighting washed the white tent ceiling. ×
  • U.C.I. MIND's Time of Your Life 2013 Benefit - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist
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    U.C.I. MIND's Time of Your Life 2013 Benefit - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist U.C.I. MIND's Time of Your Life 2013 Benefit

    Submitted by Elite OC Productions

    To raise funds and create awareness for Alzheimer’s research, Elite OC Productions utilized new technology to create an immersive experience for guests of U.C.I. MIND’s Time of Your Life 2013 Benefit. “Toast to the Holiday, Then and Now” took guests through four holidays, bringing back unforgettable memories for those who have experienced memory loss due to Alzheimer’s disease. At the Hangar at the OC Fairgrounds, 180-degree projection screens creatively displayed sponsors, holiday images and videos, and pictures and messages from guests who donated to the “Tribute Wall,” which honored family members. The event featured everything from a virtual performance by the Rockettes to a New Year’s Eve Times Square ball drop. ×
8. Best Social Event

8. Best Social Event (One vote per category permitted)
Awarded for the most innovative and effective concept planned for a social event (e.g. weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, anniversaries, and birthdays). Entries should highlight how the planning reflected the desired direction from the event’s host.

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  • 50th Birthday Party - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist
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    50th Birthday Party - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist 50th Birthday Party

    Submitted by AOO Events

    AOO Events produced a no-holds-barred 50th birthday celebration at the Hollywood Athletic Club, which called for a redesign of multiple rooms. Inspired by classic Hollywood, AOO Events created “Club DB” with an entrance complete with a cheetah-print carpet lined with hydrangea bushes in seven-foot-tall white vases. Other elements integrated throughout the decor included leather furniture with customized antique mirror tables and gold and silver hurricane lamps inside fireplaces, framed by more floral accents. A custom stage with a gold tufted wall was the backdrop for a jazz trio that led guests, pied-piper style, into a Soul Train/Vegas-inspired room, where Bruno Mars performed. ×
  • 85th Birthday Party - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist
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    85th Birthday Party - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist 85th Birthday Party

    Submitted by MB Events

    For a client’s 85th birthday party, MB Events looked to create an opera house feel at Le Windsor Ballroom in Montreal. At the entrance, costumed greeters reflected the elegance of old Paris, and a seating card table was topped with glass cylinders holding pillar candles and a large vase with more than 60 Lindera branches shipped in from Japan. The dinner’s centerpieces consisted of five varieties of burgundy roses and arachnid orchids that had natural tiny specks of gold. For a touch of drama and style, MB Events used black miniature calla lilies, gold trim glassware, and printed Playbills placed over crystal chargers. After waiters in white gloves and tails served various courses under silver cloches, the lights were dimmed and L'Opéra de Montréal's finest soprano, tenor, and pianist performed for 30 minutes. ×
  • Kung-Smith Wedding - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist
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    Kung-Smith Wedding - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist Kung-Smith Wedding

    Submitted by 2 the 9s Events

    The Exploratorium, a learning laboratory with eye-opening and thought-provoking exhibits, was the ideal setting for Ellie and Cody’s wedding day. The bride’s desire to incorporate her profession as an ophthalmologist into the celebration led the way for the dissection of a cow’s eye during the cocktail hour. During the cocktail hour, dinner, and reception, many of the Exploratorium’s exhibits and activities were open for guests to explore. The playful nature of the couple was reflected in the wedding program that read, “For those of you who snuck in, this is the wedding of Ellie and Cody.” The ring bearer wore bear slippers complete with fabric claws and was referred to as the “Ring Bear.” ×
  • Tropical-Style Birthday Celebration - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist
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    Tropical-Style Birthday Celebration - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist Tropical-Style Birthday Celebration

    Submitted by Silhouette Group

    The two-night surprise birthday celebration comprised two themes—art and island resorts. The first night’s event was held on a rooftop patio at the Contemporary Austin Art Gallery, where natural wood and white island-style cabanas were erected, and vibrant colored pillows and white lights formed the festive look. On the second night, after a dinner at Malverde restaurant, guests were transported to Brazos Hall for a surprise concert by the Marley Brothers. The decor was designed to reflect the carefree mood with suspended furniture from the ceiling and custom white ottoman swings throughout the venue. Hammock chairs were strategically hung from beams, adding to the playful environment, and custom-made Rastafarian-style pillows accented the furniture. ×
  • Winter Wonderland Wedding - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist
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    Winter Wonderland Wedding - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist Winter Wonderland Wedding

    Submitted by A Legendary Event

    Some 8,000 hand-tied crystals suspended from a ceiling, 500 white snowflakes hand-tied to crystals, six 12-foot white crape myrtle trees, four eight-foot manzanita trees, 4,500 white orchids, and 10,000 hand-reflexed white roses were only some of the design elements used by A Legendary Event to turn the St. Regis Hotel into a winter wonderland for a wedding in December last year. The Georgia-based bride, Dahlia Ghais, and Abu Dhabi-based groom, Makram Ashcar, had a vision for a dramatic all-white wedding for 280 guests, and the event design brought their vision to life. From the indulgent cocktail hour and decadent dinner to dancing under a canopy of crystals and snowflakes, dramatic elements including mirrored tabletops and white sequined linens combined glamour and elegance at the affair. ×
9. Rising Star

9. Rising Star (One vote per category permitted)
Awarded to the most innovative event and meeting professional. The individual must have no more than five years as an industry professional, working on corporate, nonprofit, and/or private events or meetings on a regular basis. Nominations should highlight how the individual has contributed to the development of the industry, demonstrating effective and creative execution of ideas and the influential role he or she played.

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  • Katie Bowman - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist
    Katie Bowman, Rubik Marketing
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    Katie Bowman - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist Katie Bowman

    Executive Producer, Rubik Marketing

    In less than three years at Rubik Marketing, Katie Bowman has produced a variety of events for brands, including Disney, Wonderful Pistachios, POM Wonderful, and Sony, and has developed a knack for coming up with smart solutions that keep clients informed and projects under budget. Bowman’s background in children's education gives her the expertise to engage kids with creative play, arts and crafts, and educational programming, making events more valuable for families. Many studios have come to Rubik to execute experiential campaigns for films like Brave, The Smurfs 2, Rio 2, and Frozen. Her execution of these events has encouraged Rubik to extend the agency's brand to start a dedicated subdivision to kids’ marketing programs—Rubik Kids. ×
  • Stefanie Fernandez - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist
    Stefanie Fernandez, Telemundo
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    Stefanie Fernandez - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist Stefanie Fernandez

    Manager, Event & Talent Relations, Telemundo

    As senior manager of events for Telemundo, NBCUniversal's Spanish-language network, Stefanie Fernandez has played a crucial role in building and developing the brand's event department, which started in 2011 as a five-events-a-year office. Today, the event team works on an average of five events a month. Fernandez manages all logistical efforts related to event execution and works closely with the marketing and sales department to develop proper branding and deliver first-class marketing entitlements to highlight third-party event sponsors. ×
  • Deborah Lau-Yu - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist
    Deborah Lau-Yu, Palettera Custom Correspondences
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    Deborah Lau-Yu - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist Deborah Lau-Yu

    Art Director & Principal, Palettera Custom Correspondences

    In less than five years, Deborah Lau-Yu has built one of the most innovative stationery and invitation design companies in Canada. Based in Markham, Ontario, she is the owner of Palettera, a luxury design firm specializing in custom wedding invitations, corporate event stationery, branding and identity design, and letterpress design. Looking to create meaningful pieces for corporate and nonprofit organizations, Lau-Yu and her team have built strong relationships with clients, becoming the lead design firm for event stationery and branding design for the Sick Kids Foundation's Oceana Ball for the Herbie Fund, the Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards, the Toronto Fashion Incubator, Canadian Fabric, and the David Foster Foundation Miracle Concerts. ×
  • Hunter Marth - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist
    Hunter Marth, Vocus
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    Hunter Marth - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist Hunter Marth

    Senior Events Manager, Vocus

    With four short years of professional event planning experience, Hunter Marth has made her mark on Vocus's national trade show presence (more than 15 events annually) and sponsorship/partnership participation (more than 20 events annually). She has successfully expanded the Demand Success conference, turning what was previously a users-only event into a leading national public relations and marketing conference in just two years, attracting 850 attendees in 2014—50 percent more than before her involvement—all within the same budgetary constraints as past years. Marth also reallocated funds previously reserved for printed programs towards more eco-friendly agenda cards with critical information in each person's name badge and an accompanying mobile app, decreasing print costs by 80 percent. ×
  • Chris North - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist
    Chris North, U.S. Antique Shows
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    Chris North - BizBash New York People's Choice Award finalist Chris North

    Marketing Manager, U.S. Antique Shows

    Chris North first joined the trade show community when he was hired by U.S. Antique Shows, which was, at that time, a division of GLM in December 2012. This was one month before the Original Miami Beach Antique Show, the largest show the division produces. He learned the website platform in just a few short weeks and was able to revamp the show's website to be more consumer-friendly for the 20,000 attendees the show sees each year. As a result, the site enjoyed a longer viewing time by visitors and dramatically increased traffic to not only the homepage, but also to online ticket sales, which jumped 20 percent from the previous year. Although hired as a marketing manager for the shows, North quickly showed a keen understanding of show operations, making him an indispensable asset in sponsorship fulfillment and special show site events. ×