A Night To Remember

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March 25, 2013

On Tuesday, March 12, hundreds of event professionals from around the world gathered for a night of celebration, recognition and more. The 2013 Event Solutions Spotlight Awards were nothing less than inspiring as event producer's Eddie Diaz, CSEP of Encore Creations, Orlando, FL and Meryl Snow of Feastivities Events, Philadelphia, PA pulled out all the stops to transform the Grand Ballroom of the Mirage Hotel into an exclusive, cirque-inspired awards theatre; the Tapis Rouge. Guests were invited into a red curtained cocktail lounge to start the evening with drinks and networking with the industry's finest before entering the ballroom for the awards portion of the evening. Large red curtains draped the walls to produce an illusion of intimacy as attendees awaited the opening of the curtains and entrance into the awards ceremony. Illusionist Drew Thomas, of Drew Thomas Magic, appeared on stage to commence the night's activities and wowed the audience by magically welcoming David Tutera to the stage through a cloud of smoke! David was then joined by keynote speaker Dina Manzo to announce the first presenters of the night and begin the awards ceremony. Amazing entertainment trickled through the night's events with performances from musical group Liquid Blue, tightrope walkers, acrobatic stunts, master illusions and more! Co-located with the International Caterers Association's (ICA) CATIE Awards, the night's ceremony intermixed the announcement of awards. Presenters included past Spotlight winners, Event Solutions Board Members and many honorary guests. As in previous years, winners were given a few moments to acknowledge and thank those who have helped them reach this pivotal point in their careers and to celebrate the culmination of a year of hard work. In addition to the traditional awards, an infamous member of the event industry was inducted into the Event Solutions Hall of Fame. Event expert and conference closing speaker Colin Cowie graciously accepted a position in the Hall of Fame for his exceptional contributions to the industry throughout the years of his career. Drew Thomas took the stage one more time to conclude the ceremony and to send us off with a magical snowfall before inviting Liquid Blue back to the stage for a farewell performance. Amidst the tears of joy, the loud applause, the laughter and the general excitement surrounding the night, the 2013 Spotlight Awards reminded us that our industry is something to celebrate. To view the 2013 Spotlight Winners, click here

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