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    1. Emcee Kurt Colone, Mike Staff Productions. 

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    2. Catering by Epicure Catering & Cherry Basket Farm. 

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    3. Décor by 307 Events. 

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    4. The Greatest of Ease aerialists. 

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    5. Gift bag sponsor DoubleTree Port Huron. 

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    6. Mike Staff Productions DJ. 

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    7. Desserts from Sunrise 2 Sunset. 

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    8. Trevor Tkach, Traverse City Tourism, event sponsor. 

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    9. TC Opera House stage. 

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    10. Laurie Burger and Alexa Stanard, Michigan Meetings + Events, and Kate Mahanic, Continental Services/Forte Belanger. 

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    11. Cheryl Ronk, Lifetime Achievement winner. 

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    12. Burger, Sarah Brown and Stanard. 

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    13. Burger, Christie Bierlein, Lauren Visuri and Ashley Smith, Frankenmuth CVB. 

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    14. Burger, Dale Edly, Art Craft Display, and Stanard. 

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    15. Kate Arbour, Greyline Venue. 

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    16. Dorothy DeBlasio, Burger, Stanard and Jackie Kloska, Black Star Farms. 

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    17. Burger, Standard and Mark Stiles, Three Men and a Tenor. 

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    18. Erik Bacheldor and David McKnight, Emerald City Designs, and Karen Brookstein, MGM Grand. 

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    19. Burger, Stanard and Karen Brookstein, MGM Grand.

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    20. Burger, Arah Johnson, Crystal Mountain Resort, Stanard and Brian Lawson, Crystal Mountain Resort. 

If there were a category called Best of Parties, the 12th annual Michigan Meetings + Events Best of party in May would be the hands-down winner.

Held at the historic City Opera House (a designated Michigan State Historic Site) in downtown Traverse City (likely one of the venue’s more rockin’ gatherings in its 126-year history), the extravaganza saluted everyone from meeting planners to florists to caterers to host cities. A juggler (Tommy Tropic) and aerialists (The Greatest of Ease) entertained eventgoers as they noshed on tasty treats and cold refreshments while watching the exciting awards ceremony, emceed once again by the affable Kurt Colone from Mike Staff Productions.

Awards were presented in 33 categories, plus seven industry superstars were recog - nized in the 2017 Hall of Fame selections.

Following the ceremony, attendees head - ed back to the new Hotel Indigo, the event’s host hotel, for a celebratory nightcap.

Congrats to all our 2017 winners!

For more on this year’s honorees, visit the winner story

Held Oct. 13, 2017, at the Museum of the American Revolution, Taste America was a four-course plated dinner held to benefit the James Beard Foundation. The event, planned by Cashman & Associates, welcomed 300 attendees who dined on food provided by Brûlée Catering in collaboration with other culinary stars. 

 

More good news for meetings and events continues to pour out of the Gerald R. Ford International (GFIA) Airport.

The airport reported an almost 6 percent increase in passengers—2,811,622 total in 2017—flying and in out of the Grand Rapids facility. That record established the best year in the airport’s 54-year history, and marked the fifth straight year of record-setting growth.

The airport saw growth in 11 of 12 months during 2017, and experienced 53 months of growth over a 60-month period.

 

From its tasty Troublemaker fall specialty drink to its featured spring MI Thyme signature cocktail, the mixologists at Ann Arbor’s The Kensington Hotel offer a flavorful selection of aftermeeting options.