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The 15th Annual N.I.C.E. Awards is
April 12, 2016
At 19 East!

View 2016 Photos from TWA Photography

View 2016 Photos from Gold Grid Studios

2016 Committee Members

Meet the individuals who make the N.I.C.E. Awards a fantastic event.

Venue / Food & Beverage

Lisa Bryant
Food for Thought

Committee Members:
Food for Thought Team
Sommer Gay, Horseshoe Casino
Anna Boltz, 19 East
Marketing & Communications

Erica Buss
Tasty Catering

Committee Members:
Rebecca Ickes – Rebecca Marie Photography
Tim Stolkey – Mike Staff Productions (NACE Communications)
Samantha Dockery, Bliss by Sam

Barb Siska
University of Chicago

Committee Members:
Whitney Taylor – Drape Kings
Char Martin – Yanni Design Studio
Lanie Hartman – BBJ Linens
Mary Bona – Berghoff Catering
Val Braun – Arenas America
Jennifer Kimball – Event Creative
Alison Hightower – Event Creative
Sarah Novosad – Event Creative
Samantha Steele - Frost
Entertainment & Production

Nicole Fitzpatrick
Calihan Catering

Committee Members:
Barbara Lee Cohen – PRODUCTIONS USA
Deanne Holmes - Timothy Whaley & Associates
Becca Kaufman – BeatMix Music
Mike Weber - BeatMix Music

Sommer Gay
Horseshoe Casino

Committee Members:
Mary Bona – Berghoff Catering

Lisa Bryant & Barb Siska

Committee Members:
Jeff Ware – Catering by Michael’s
Sarah Novosad – Event Creative
Brian Donahoe – 360 Destination
Day of & Volunteer Coordinator

Kacie Benjamin
The Pavilion at Orchard Ridge Farms

Committee Members:
Jennifer Weldon – The Pavilion at Orchard Ridge Farms
Courtney Cederholm – Henrici’s Catering

The N.I.C.E. Awards

The N.I.C.E. Awards were established to recognize Chicago area members of NACE (National Association for Catering and Events) and ILEA (International Live Events Association) for their accomplishments within the special events industry. The joint awards ceremony celebrates achievements in the areas of event planning, catering, entertainment, creative and support services.

Follow the yellow brick road to our host venue 19 East and test your brain power with the Scarecrow, look into your heart with the Tin Man and find courage with the Lion. After all, #theresnoplacelikenice.

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2016 Event Sponsors

Our journey down the yellow brick road this year could not happen without the generous donations from our sponsors.

Interested in sponsoring the 2016 N.I.C.E. Awards? Please contact the co-chairs to get involved today at niceawards@gmail.com!

2016 Winners

Best Buffet Presentation
Catering by Michaels

Best Catered Event
Food for Thought

Best Use of Tenting
Arena Americas

Best Use of Rental Equipment
Arena Americas

Best Use of Production
Carey Smolensky Productions

Best Theme Décor for Social Event or Wedding
Revel Décor, Inc.

Best Theme Décor for Corporate Event
MDM Entertainment

Best Tabletop Design
BBJ Linen

Best Social Event or Wedding
Food for Thought

Best Plated Presentation
Catering by Michaels

Best N.I.C.E. Team Event
Total Event Resources and Kehoe Designs

Best Musical Entertainment
Magnificent Events

Best Logistical Achievement
LK Events

Best Interactive Entertainment
The Actors Gymnasium Circus and Performing Arts Center

Best Fundraiser/Not for Profit Event
Revel Global Events

Best Festival
Magnificent Events

Best Creative Cocktail
Food Evolution Catering & Events

Best Corporate Event
On The Scene

ISES Rising Star
Ryan Campbell, AFR Event Furnishings

NACE Rising Star
Nicole Hensley, Storybook Weddings and Events

Lifetime Acheivement
David Sandler, Catering by Michaels

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