Chicago—August 19, 2010—BizBash, the trade magazine and Web site for the event planning industry, announced the winners of the second annual Chicago Style Awards in a ceremony held during the BizBash Expo on Thursday, August 19, 2010, at the Merchandise Mart. Winners were selected by a panel of event industry professionals that included planners, suppliers, and BizBash editors. Awards were presented in 14 categories, including Best Corporate Event Concept, Best Invitation Design, Best Lighting Design, Best New Venue, and Best Fresh Idea. BizBash hosts other award presentations in New York on October 27, 2010 and Florida on April 12, 2011. - 30 -
"We would like to congratulate all of the finalists and winners for submitting their events," said Chad Kaydo, editor in chief of BizBash. "I'd like to thank our judges, presenters, and sponsors for their contributions."
Society Awards (society-awards.com) created elegant awards for the event, made of clear crystal on a black marble base.
The award presentation was attended by top corporate event and meeting professionals, as well as marketers and vendors in the event industry, including caterers, audiovisual companies, lighting and sound companies, venue managers, and decor and design companies.
2010 BizBash Event Style Awards Winners
Best Centerpiece/Tabletop Decor: Ragu's Luncheon at the BlogHer Conference, submitted by Larry Abel Designs
Best Corporate or Association Event Concept (Budget over $50,000): Rachael Ray Show's "Rachael's Big Block Party", submitted by Event Architects
Best Corporate or Association Event Concept (Budget under $50,000): Gerard Design's Holiday Event, submitted by Revel Décor, Inc.
Best Entertainment Program/Concept: Bio International Convention's "Experience: Diverse Cultures" Opening Reception, submitted by Event Architects
Best Fresh Idea: Ragu's Luncheon at the BlogHer Conference, submitted by Larry Abel Designs
Best Invitation Design: Chicago History Museum's Lincoln Ball, submitted by Mackenzie Brown Design
Best Lighting Design: Macy's Glamorama After-Party, submitted by Frost
Best New Product: BidPal Network Wireless Bidding Solution, submitted by BidPal Network
Best New Venue: Venue One, submitted by Event Creative
Best Nonprofit Event Concept: Alzheimer's Association Chicago's "Le Monde Est Un Cirque" Rita Hayworth Gala, submitted by EventScape Inc.
Best Overall Catering at an Event: Museum of Science and Industry's Black Creativity Gala, submitted by Sodexo at the Museum of Science and Industry
Best Overall Event Decor (Budget under $50,000): Krisam Group's "An Evening in Wonderland" Party, submitted by The Meetinghouse Companies Inc.
Best Overall Event Decor (Budget over $50,000): Bio International Convention's "Experience: Diverse Cultures" Opening Reception, submitted by Kehoe Designs
Best Use of Technology: Festa Ravina, submitted by BidPal Network
Since its founding in 2000, BizBash Media has become the industry's leading source for inspiration, smart marketing strategies, and useful tools, helping to revolutionize how event professionals get ideas and connect with each other. The company publishes magazines and Web sites and produces trade shows for the event industry in Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami/South Florida, New York, Orlando, Toronto, and Washington, D.C.
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