In September 2016, SpringHill Suites by Marriott kicked off its “Art of Local” series, a redesign of a similar program that began in 2010. The idea behind the North American platform is to bring together some of the best creators in each destination city into hotel lobbies as a way to provide busy patrons the opportunity to explore the local art scene. Each event is different and can include visual artists, culinary whizzes, skilled crafters and live performers.
MPI New Jersey Chapter held an energetic networking event on Nov. 29 at Bowlmor Lanes Green Brook. There was plenty of fun, a few gutter balls and lots of networking. Some of the groups that came together even sported team shirts for a little fun competition.
On Oct. 20, 2016, 120 guests gathered at the Metropolist in Seattle to celebrate the 2016 Best of Northwest Meetings + Events readers’ choice awards. Special thanks to this year’s fabulous sponsors: Butler Seattle, Ketchikan Visitors Bureau, Salem Convention Center and Tulalip Resort Casino.
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International Live Events Association (ILEA-MSP) met at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sept. 29 for networking, lunch, a tour of the stadium and an address from Maureen Bausch, CEO of the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee. Attendees learned about the different ways to get involved in the 10-day Bold North Festival that will lead up to Super Bowl LII.
In October, the MPI San Diego Chapter gathered in San Diego’s sparkling new venue The Point in Mission Bay for what they called a FUNdraiser. A good time was had by all, thanks to the wellmixed cocktails and delicious bites. The best part was the satisfaction in raising thousands of dollars for the Veterans Employment Committee of San Diego County. The organization is dedicated to serving disadvantaged veterans and transitioning military members of all branches of service by working to remove barriers that could stand in the way of life-sustaining employment.
Pennsylvania Meetings + Events’ inaugural Best of Pennsylvania event was held on Oct. 6, 2016 at Philadelphia’s Top of the Tower. The event was attended by almost 150 representatives from across the industry, including venues, services, products and planners. Awards were given to readers’ choice winners, as well as editor’s picks.
The Meeting Professionals International Michigan Chapter held its annual awards party on June 2 at The Henry, Autograph Collection in Dearborn. The event recognizes the hard work and dedication of Michigan’s meeting pros. This year’s individual winners were Chris Rowley, CMP, for Finest Sales Professional; Veronica Rogers, CMP, for Finest Planner; and Deb Denyer, MIM+E board member, for the 2016 President’s Award of Excellence.
The eighth annual ILEA Denver Excellence Awards Gala was held at Parkside Mansion with a cocktail hour, dinner, awards and auction making up the evening of fun and networking. ILEA members and guests dined on a gourmet four-course meal prepared by Three Tomatoes Catering.
New Jersey Meetings + Events held its inaugural Best of New Jersey readers’ choice awards on Aug. 18, 2016. The event was held at the beautiful Boathouse at Mercer Lake. The magazine’s readers selected winners in a variety of industry-related categories and winners were announced at the event. Editor’s Picks were also selected by NJM+E Editor Nancy DePalma. All winners were profiled in the Fall 2016 issue.