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The 17th Annual N.I.C.E. Awards is
April 9, 2019
Theater on the Lake

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2018 Committee Members

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

Marketing & Communications

Julie Knowles
AFR Furniture Rental

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Awards,Entertainment & Production

Martin Lawrence
AV Chicago

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Ramsey Prince
Kehoe Designs

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Venue / Food & Beverage

Sandy Sobczak
Marquee Event Rentals

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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.

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2018 Winners

Best Buffet Presentation, On or Off Premise
Catering by Michaels

Best Catered Event, On or Off Premise
Calihan Catering

Best Corporate Event
Hosts Chicago

Best Creative Cocktail or Beverage Pressentation
Blue Plate Catering

Best Fundraiser / Non-Profit Event
Total Event Resources

Best Interactive Entertainment
360 Destination Group

Best Logistical Achievement
University of Chicago

Best Musical Entertainment
Magnificent Events

Best NICE Team Event
Perfectly Planned Events
Westin Hotel Lombard
Affinity Creative Group
Chicago Farm Tables

Best Plated Presentation
Blue Plate Catering

Best Social Event or Wedding
Magnificent Events

Best Theme Décor for a Social Event
Kehoe Designs

Best Theme Décor for a Corporate Event
Kehoe Designs

Best Use of Printed or Digital Collateral for an Event
Total Event Resources

Best Fair / Festival
Magnificent Events

Best Use of Tenting
Arena Americas

Best Use of Rental Equipment
Arena Americas

Best Use of Production
AV Chicago

Best Tabletop Design
Cheers! Chicago

ILEA Rising Star
Jeff Durocher

NACE Rising Star
Julie Knowles

Lifetime Achieveent Award
Nicole Zenner

Courage Award
Charlene Martin

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