Meeting Planners' Installation Bash

June 12, 2001, 12:00 AM EDT

MPIGNY's annual gala Supper Club Monday, 06.04.01, 6 PM onward
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The always-elegant Supper Club hosted the Meeting Professionals International Greater New York Chapter's (MPIGNY) annual awards dinner and installation ceremony, where the elected officers were officially inaugurated into their posts. MPIGNY also presented recognition awards to MPI members who did outstanding work for the organization in the past year.

MPI officer elections are held a year in advance so the president-elect has a full year of training before inheriting the office. Michael Hudson, president of Site Search & Select, was sworn in as the new president of MPI by Edwin Griffin Jr., the CEO of MPI. Lesly Rehaut, meeting sales manager of Continental Airlines, then stepped into her role as the new president-elect. The biggest award of the night was given to independent event planner Stephanie Finn.

One highlight of the event was a put-on act by performers from Sawyer Creative. A woman speaking with a thick accent came onstage acting as if she was from one of MPI's European chapters, only to burst into a custom-written song about all of the awards and their winners, accompanied by an electric neon violin player. The act energized the audience, delighting a tough-to-please crowd of New York meeting planners who have seen lots of special event ideas.

--Suzanne Ito

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