Allie Awards Information

Below you will find the various categories you or your company may enter. More guidelines are provided if you need more clarification or answers to your questions. For those submitting for budgetary categories click here for the budget sheet, that must also be submitted with your entry. Click on name of category for a further explanation of that category.

EVENT PLANNING

Best Event: Corporation/Association (Over $100k) – is awarded to the company/individual who produced the best overall event, such as company milestones, product launch, marketing events, conventions, annual meeting, award gala and conference receptions. The complete event cost, at full retail value, must fall into the Above or Under $100k categories.

Best Event: Corporation/Association (Under $100k) – is awarded to the company/individual who produced the best overall event, such as company milestones, product launch, marketing events, conventions, annual meeting, award gala and conference receptions. The complete event cost, at full retail value, must fall into the Above or Under $100k categories.

Best Event: Social Event (Over/Under $50k)* – is awarded to the company/individual who produced the best overall event in a social setting, such as bar/bat mitzvahs, milestone celebrations, birthdays, anniversaries, sweet 16’s, family reunions, proms, etc… The complete event cost at full retail value must fall into the Above or Under $50k categories.

Best Event: Social Event (Over/Under $50k)* – is awarded to the company/individual who produced the best overall event in a social setting, such as bar/bat mitzvahs, milestone celebrations, birthdays, anniversaries, sweet 16’s, family reunions, proms, etc… The complete event cost at full retail value must fall into the Above or Under $50k categories.

Best Non-Profit Fundraiser – is awarded to the company/individual who produces the best non-profit fundraiser event. Judging emphasis will be awarded on leveraging resources, active committee solicitation of donors and sponsors, as well as profitability back to the organization.

Best Public Event – is awarded to the company/individual who produced the best overall event. The event must be open to the public.

Most Creative Venue (non-wedding) – is awarded to the company/individual that utilizes a nontraditional venue for the location of their event. Wedding venues will not be accepted in this category.

Logistical Achievement in Planning – is awarded to the company/individuals who overcome substantial obstacles in the planning process for the entire event and not just a specific portion such as production or décor/design.

Best Tradeshow/Conference/Multiday event (non-wedding) – is awarded to the company/individual who planed and produced the best tradeshow, multiday event or conference style event that was not for a multi-day wedding.

WEDDING PLANNING & DESIGN

Best Wedding (Small – 75 or under, Medium – 76 – 200 & Large – over 200) – is awarded to the company/individual who produced the best overall wedding and not just a specific element such as catering, décor, or entertainment. While this event is now broken down by the number of guests, a budget is still required. All elements handled by the entrant MUST be included in the budget.

Best Wedding (Small – 75 or under, Medium – 76 – 200 & Large – over 200) – is awarded to the company/individual who produced the best overall wedding and not just a specific element such as catering, décor, or entertainment. While this event is now broken down by the number of guests, a budget is still required. All elements handled by the entrant MUST be included in the budget.

Best Wedding (Small – 75 or under, Medium – 76 – 200 & Large – over 200) – is awarded to the company/individual who produced the best overall wedding and not just a specific element such as catering, décor, or entertainment. While this event is now broken down by the number of guests, a budget is still required. All elements handled by the entrant MUST be included in the budget.

Best Wedding Print Suite – is awarded to the company/individual who provides, creates, and produces the best collection of printed materials used to communicate prior to, on and after the wedding day.

Most Creative Wedding Venue – is awarded to the company/individual that utilizes a non-traditional venue for a wedding.

Best Wedding Decor Design – is awarded to the best company/individual who produces the best comprehensive design for an actual wedding event. This category excludes display tables.

Event Cuisine

Best On Premise Catering – is awarded to the company/individual who creates the best catered event, from a full-service, on premise production kitchen such as an inhouse venue caterer or a hotel.

Best Off Premise Catering – is awarded to the company/individual who creates the best catered event, delivered into an off-premise setting, working from trucks, tents or and off site kitchen.

Best Menu Design – is awarded to the company/individual who delivers the best menu experience, regardless of price or presentation format, with the emphasis on culinary creativity, techniques, flavors, and transition.

Best Menu Presentation – is awarded to the company/individual who delivers the best menu visually, regardless of price or presentation format, with the emphasis on the flair of plate/table presentation, layers, garnish, colors, and detail.

Best Culinary Innovation – is awarded to the company/individual who provided a unique technique, product, or presentation for an event, with an emphasis in the culinary application.

Best Dessert Presentation – this is new for 2020 and includes all forms of dessert including but not limited to: wedding cakes, plated desserts, and dessert buffets.

Event Design

Best Floral Design – is awarded to the best company/individual who produces the best floral design for an event of any type – including tabletop designs, weddings, other social events as well as non-social.

Best Non-Floral Design – is awarded to the best company/individual who produces the best non-floral design for an event.

Best Themed Event Décor – is awarded to the company/individual who creates an overall décor design which best represents the client’s event theme.

Best Tabletop Design – is awarded to the company/individual who creates the best overall tabletop design (floral and/or non-floral) for an actual event. It encompasses centerpieces, flatware, china, glassware, linens, etc. Open houses, styled photo shoots, showcase events or gallery style featured tables are not eligible to compete in this category.

Best Use of Rental Equipment – is awarded to the company/individual who best uses rental equipment to enhance their event and its overall design décor impression.

Event Enhancements

Best Print Piece (non-wedding) – is awarded to the company/individual who creates the best tangible, printed invitation, menu cards, programs, flyers, or promotional items that support the event’s brand and/or messaging. This category does not allow items printed for a wedding.

Best Use of Digital Media/Technology – is awarded to the company/individual who utilizes digital and virtual methods of communication or marketing including websites, social media, CD’s, and DVD’s (does not include printed media).

Best Event Innovation – is awarded to the company/individual who introduces a new and innovative product, service, or concept to meet the goals of a specific event and benefit the overall event industry.

Best Event Photography – is given to the company/individual whose photography best captures the event, theme, and overall spirit of an occasion for any corporate or social occasion including weddings.

Best Event Videography – is given to the company/individual whose video best captures the event, theme, and overall spirit of an occasion for any corporate or social occasion including weddings.

Technical Production

Best Audio Visual Design – is awarded to the company/individual who produced the best Audio Visual design to bring the event to life.

Best Lighting Design – is awarded to the company/individual who created the best lighting to enhance their event.

Best Tent Installation – is awarded to the company/individual who best utilized tenting in any setting, including wedding events.

Logistical Achievement in Technical Production – is awarded to the company/individuals who overcome substantial obstacles in the technical production and implementation process.

Entertainment

Best Entertainment (Under 25K/between 25K – 50K/over 50K) – is awarded to the company/individual who provides the best overall entertainment production – which can include lighting, rigging, and A/V elements – however this is for DJ’s, Bands and all other professionals whose sole responsibility is to provide entertainment for the event attendees. Either a budget just for the entertainment portion or a line item invoice must be the first uploaded piece of collateral.

Best Entertainment (Under 25K/between 25K – 50K/over 50K) – is awarded to the company/individual who provides the best overall entertainment production – which can include lighting, rigging, and A/V elements – however this is for DJ’s, Bands and all other professionals whose sole responsibility is to provide entertainment for the event attendees. Either a budget just for the entertainment portion or a line item invoice must be the first uploaded piece of collateral.

Best Entertainment (Under 25K/between 25K – 50K/over 50K) – is awarded to the company/individual who provides the best overall entertainment production – which can include lighting, rigging, and A/V elements – however this is for DJ’s, Bands and all other professionals whose sole responsibility is to provide entertainment for the event attendees. Either a budget just for the entertainment portion or a line item invoice must be the first uploaded piece of collateral.

Most Unique/Themed Entertainment- is awarded to the company/individual who produced a nontraditional event, which assists in bringing the event theme to life.

Best Team Effort

Corporate/Association Events | Social Events | Wedding Events – is awarded to the event team members with the best collaborative effort between the various disciplines of the events industry.

All parties bring the best of their skills, products, services, and abilities to create something spectacular.

The event should be entered into the appropriate market segment, with non-profit falling into the category of social events.

Corporate/Association Events | Social Events | Wedding Events – is awarded to the event team members with the best collaborative effort between the various disciplines of the events industry.

All parties bring the best of their skills, products, services, and abilities to create something spectacular.

The event should be entered into the appropriate market segment, with non-profit falling into the category of social events.

Corporate/Association Events | Social Events | Wedding Events – is awarded to the event team members with the best collaborative effort between the various disciplines of the events industry.

All parties bring the best of their skills, products, services, and abilities to create something spectacular.

The event should be entered into the appropriate market segment, with non-profit falling into the category of social events.

2019 Super Bowl

Best Logistical Achievement for a 2019 Super Bowl Event – is awarded to the company/individuals who overcome substantial obstacles in the planning process for the entire event and not just a specific portion such as production or décor/design.

Best Catering – Menu & Presentation for a 2019 Super Bowl Event – is awarded to the company/individual who delivers the best menu experience, regardless of price or presentation format, with the emphasis on culinary creativity, techniques, flavors, and transition. OR who delivers the best menu visually, regardless of price or presentation format, with the emphasis on the flair of plate/table presentation, layers, garnish, colors, and detail.

Best Décor Design and Installation for a 2019 Super Bowl Event – is awarded to the company/individual who creates an overall décor design which best represents the client’s event theme.

Best Supporting Service for a 2019 Super Bowl Event – will be awarded to the company/individual who provided services OTHER THAN overall planning, catering, or design in support of a Super Bowl event. This would include but not be limited to:

  • Digital Media Campaign
  • Entertainment
  • Photography/Videography
  • Print Media Campaign
  • Production Services
  • Rentals
  • Transportation Services

Super Bowl Team Effort – will be awarded to the best team of professionals who collaborated to produce an amazing Super Bowl event regardless of size or budget. Please see the information on Page 9 for all of the criteria for this award as the rules are the same as the other Best Team awards.

Legacy Awards

Dale Riggins Humanitarian Award

Shepard Convention Services introduced the Dale Riggins Humanitarian Award in 1994 as a tribute to, and in memory of, its valued employee, Dale Riggins, who made great contributions to the special event industry. This Prestigious honor is awarded each year to an individual who donates time, talent, effort and expertise to community services both within our industry and in our community. The recipients of the award are among the most honored luminaries in our industry.

Consider for a moment the individuals who truly “make a difference” to those in need and whose effects give the Atlanta special events industry its true impact and high profile. Please take time to nominate someone in our industry whom you feel is worthy of this honor. Nominees should be of high moral and ethical stature and exhibit outstanding professionalism in their service to the special events industry and the community at large. The winner will be selected by the Allie Awards Board of Directors and presented at the Allie Awards.

2019 Humanitarian Award Recipient, Myrna Antar
2019 Rising Star Recipient: Kristina Cherry

Tim Lundy, CSEP - Rising Star Award

At the 21st anniversary of the Allie Awards we remembered the entrepreneurial spirit of the team that created the Allies, in particular its founder, Tim Lundy, CSEP. The spirit and intent of this award is designed to honor, recognize,encourage and inspire a young event professional toward his/her greatest potential in the special events industry. Nominees shall:

  • Be within their first five years in the special events industry
  • Be actively involved in the Atlanta events industry and association community
  • Have exhibited innovation and leadership and made an impact on their company
  • Have clear potential to grow into more responsibility in their company, association organization and the community at large.

Bob Blaesing, CSEP - Lifetime Achievement Award

A Lifetime Achievement Award was established in the first year of the Allie Awards to honor individuals in our industry who have made a mark in Atlanta’s events community over their career. Past recipients are event professionals for 20 years or more who are well known for their contributions to the special events industry.

The title “Lifetime Achievement Award” implies a long period of time, and while honoring longevity is good, the key word is “Achievement.”  We chose in 2004 to honor the late Bob Blaesing, CSEP, co-founder of Experience By Design, by renaming the award “The Bob Blaesing, CSEP, Lifetime Achievement Award.” Bob was a visionary whose philosophy exemplifies what we honor with the Lifetime Achievement Award: nurturing those around us through education; pursuit of ethical and professional behavior throughout the industry; and commitment to the growth of Special Events. May his spirit live in those who are honored with this award.

Nominees are put forward by the Allies Awards Night Board of Directors. Nominatees will be individuals who have made an impact in the Atlanta events community over the course of their career, through innovation, dedication and achievement. The winner will be selected by the Allie Awards Board of Directors and presented at the Allie Awards.

2019 Lifetime Achievement Recipient: Michele Lend

History of Past Recipients

YEAR
DALE RIGGINS
HUMANITARIAN AWARD
PAST RECIPIENTS
TIM LUNDY, CSEP
RISING STAR AWARD
PAST RECIPIENTS
BOB BLAESING, CSEP
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
PAST RECIPIENTS
2019Myrna AntarKristina CherryMichele Lend
2018Kelly SminkGillian MartoJeff Terry
2017---John ScrogginsSteve Bales
2016Dee Lane Eades, CPCETasha JacksonTeresa Day
2015Sharon HochdorfJulie Anne NeillDan Nolan III
2014Jeff TerryLevi BulkleyBarbara Roos
2013Denise RindsbergSheena KogerTony Conway, CSEP, CMP
2012Qualena Odom-Reyes, CSEP, CMPSarah AckermanJ. Wilbur Smith
2011Dionne Battle, CSEPLeah Stephens EconomosWalt Nemeth, CPCE
2010Margie DietzMichael ShareBrenda Maynard
2009Dan Nolan III---Dennis Smith
2008Brenda Maynard---Doc Waldrop
2007Matt Clouser---Gayle Skelton, CPCE
2006Greg Snow---Kendall Collier, CPCE
2005Dennis Smith---Terry Singleton, CSEP
2004Doc Waldrop---Shelley Pedersen, CPCE
2003Terry Singleton, CSEP------
2002------Bob Blessing, CSEP
2001J. Wilbur Smith---Tim Lundy, CSEP
2000Tina DeRenzis------
1999Bob Blessing, CSEP---Suzanne Stedman
1998Erik Magnusson---Ron Lazarus & Scott Ardolino
1997Robert Griggs------
1996Tony Conway, CSEP---Klaus Inkamp, CSEP
1995Tim Lundy, CSEP---Bob Hansel
1994Dale Riggens------
1993------Robert Griggs
1992------Mary Jordan
1991------Helen Roberts