The NICE Awards Announced Winners at Awards Show April 2nd

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The NICE Awards recognized those in the special events industry in the Chicago area April 2nd with an awards ceremony.

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The 12th annual NICE Awards had a great pool of candidates and an exceptional group of winners. We are looking forward to next year seeing what participants bring to the table.

The NICE Awards were held on April 2nd at the Chicago Marriott downtown on the Magnificent Mile, announcing the winners.

Participants of The NICE Awards are Chicago area members of NACE (National Association of Catering and Events) and ISES (International Special Events Society) who work within the special events industry. The awards celebrate the achievements of their work done in the areas of events planning, catering, entertainment, and creative and support services.

Following the cocktail reception, the awards program began and the winners were commended for all of their hard work. The winners are listed by category as follows:

Event Planning

    Best Corporate Event Under $25K – Revel Global Events
    Best Corporate Event Over $75K – Total Event Resources & Kehoe Designs
    Best Social Event Under $25K – Christina Currie Events
    Best Social Event Over $75K – Ivan Carlson & Associates
    Best Wedding $25K - $75K – Olivearie Artisan Events & Meetings
    Best Fundraiser / Non-Profit Event Under $25K – The Meetinghouse Companies, Inc.
    Best Fundraiser / Non-Profit Event $25K - $75K – Silhouettes Events
    Best Fundraiser / Non-Profit Event Over $75K – Revel Global Events
    Best Fair / Festival – StarEvents, Inc.


    Best Catered Event On Premise Over $75K – Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
    Best Catered Event Off Premise Under $25K – Food Evolution Catering & Events
    Best Catered Event Off Premise $25K - $50K – Catering By Michael’s
    Best Catered Event Off Premise Over $75K – Catering By Michael’s
    Best Buffet or Plated Presentation – Catering By Michael’s
    Most Creative Planned Menu – Catering By Michael’s


    Best Entertainment Under $5K – Stitely Entertainment
    Best Entertainment $5K - $15K Stitely Entertainment
    Best Entertainment Over $15K – Total Event Resources

Creative Services

    Best Theme Décor Under $20K – M&M The Special Events Company
    Best Theme Décor $20K - $50K – Olivearie Artisan Events & Meetings
    Best Theme Décor Over $50K – Kehoe Designs / Floral Exhibit
    Best Responsible Event – Catering By Michael’s

Support Services

    Best Use of Lighting – Intelligent Lighting Creations
    Best Use of Tenting – Karl’s Event Services
    Best Logistical Achievement for an Event – The Meetinghouse Companies, Inc.
    Best Use of Rental Equipment – Karl’s Event Service
    Best Use of Event Photography – DEJA Views Event, Wedding & Celebrity Photography

Individual Awards

    NACE Rising Star Award – Jeff Ware, Catering By Michael’s
    ISES Rising Star Award – Lauren Bettcher, Total Event Resources
    Lifetime Achievement Award – Ellen Harte, CPCE, CSEP, Tasting Catering

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