ISES Celebrates Lifetime Achievements, 26 Awards Categories, and New Board Members at 2009 Big Apple Awards

By Michael O'Connell July 1, 2009, 2:19 PM EDT

New York's chapter of the International Special Events Society held its annual Big Apple Awards last night at the Lighthouse at Pier 61, and the group marked its 21st anniversary by doubling the number of award categories—and winners—to recognize new and nontraditional achievements in events.

In addition to praising work from the past year, the Big Apple Awards honored event professionals for career-spanning contributions to the   industry. Four people were inducted into the ISES Hall of Legends: Compass Group premiere hospitality division C.E.O. Dick Cattani, IMG Fashion senior vice president Fern Mallis, Jack Morton Worldwide chairman and C.E.O. Josh McCall, and New York International Automobile Show show director Candida Romanelli.

After dinner, judges honored the winners in this year's whopping 26 categories. (The names of the events are listed as they were in the event's program.):

Best Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative
iStar Financial for “New York Office Holiday Party,” TBA Global for “Keep America Meeting” (tie)

Best Tabletop Design
Fourth Wall Events for “Toronto Client Reception”

Best Photographic Image
Andre Maier Photography for “Grossman Sipress Wedding”

Best New Venue
Brooklyn Children's Museum

Best Food and/or Beverage Celebration
Scoozi Events for “Amuse Inspired”

Best New Rental
Pink Inc. for “Diffa Dining by Design”

Best Invitation Design
Ceci New York for “The Grand Opening of the Mandell School”

Best Teambuilding Concept
iStar Financial for “Paintball Teambuilder”

Best Social Event: Budget Under $1,000 Per Guest
Jes Gordon/Proper Fun for “Lipsitz B'not Mitzvah”

Best Green Initiative
LeadDog Marketing Group for “Summer Streets”

Best Use of a Gift/Promotional Item
Jes Gordon/Proper Fun for “Lipsitz B'not Mitzvah,” iStar Financial for “Paintball Teambuilder” (tie)

Best Video for an Event
Avenue 5 Films for “BizBash Event Style Expo”

Best Use of Social Media for an Event
TBA Global for “Keep America Meeting”

Best Fund-raising Achievement
Event Style, NY for “Super Saturday 11”

Best Use of Lighting
H.G. Lighting Design for “Brooklyn Museum's Annual Brooklyn Ball”

Best Stage Set Design
Global Events for “Toy of the Year Awards”

Best Entertainment Program Concept
Barkley Kalpak Associates for “Utopia at BizBash Event Style Expo”

Best Virtual Meeting
ebiz Q for “Process Management and the Bottom Line Virtual Conference”

Demonstration of ROI for an Event
Sophist Productions for “NFTE Dare 2 Dream Gala”

Best Social Event: Budget Over $1,000 Per Guest
LA Productions for “Graceful and Glorious”

Best Non-Profit Event
LeadDog Marketing Group for “The 31st MS Society Dinner of Champions”

Best PR/Marketing Initiative
Barkley Kalpak Associates for “Free Creative”

Best Overall Design/Decor
Eventsful for “A Night Under the Stars”

Best ISES New York Metro Chapter Collaboration
iStar Financial for “6th Annual iStar Charity Shootout”

Best Corporate Multiple Day Event
Barkley Kalpak Associates for “ITS World Congress”

Best Corporate Event: Budget Over $50,000
Total Entertainment for “S.L. Green's Blind Tiger”
Last night also marked the official announcement of the incoming officers and board of directors for 2009-2010:

Jennifer Quinones, Grayling Global

President-Elect, Treasurer
Howard Givner, Global Events

Immediate Past President
Mike Fiorentino, CCK Global Events

VP Communications
Sue Bender, Brooklyn Children's Museum

VP Programs, Education
Matthew Saravay, Wizard Studios

VP Membership
Danny Bergold, Empire Force Events

Director of Education
Andrea Figman, Andrea Figman & Company

Director of Membership
Morgan Steele, Fourth Wall Events

Director of Communications
Nerissa Montemurro, Private Receptions

Director at Large
Ellie Winkleman, S.L. Green & Gramercy Capital Corp.

Director at Large
Cheryl Kahn-Brocco, Bridgewaters/Twenty Four Fifth

Director at Large
Reed Baker, Sophist Productions

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