Members of the Special Events Advisory Board met last month in the magazine's editorial offices to choose the following as nominees for the Gala Award, the most prestigious award in special events. Click here for more.

Photos and descriptions of all nominees will appear in the January-February 2011 issue of Special Events.

Winners will be named on Jan. 28 during a black-tie event at The Special Event 2011 in Phoenix.

BEST FAIR/FESTIVAL
Exhilarate Events, Winter Park, Fla., and Grand Events of Florida, Tampa, Fla.
"Tampa Bay Wine & Food Festival"

Facts + Fiction, Cologne, Germany
"Space for Earth Pavilion"

The Lundquist Co., Roseville, Calif.
"First 5 Sacramento Children's Celebration"

BEST INVITATION
BK Design, Boston
"Le Salon at Sunglow Ranch"

Dragonfly Custom Design, Orlando, Fla.
"An Engaging Concept"

High Rise Events, Westlake Village, Calif.
"Groundbreaking on Lot 165"

BEST DINING TABLE DESIGN
Newberry Brothers Greenhouse & Florist, Denver, and WM Events, Denver
"A Step Back in Time"

Someone's in the Kitchen, Tarzana, Calif.
"The Music Center Board: Let's Get Potted"

The Precious Moment Taiwan, Taipei, Taiwan
"Celebrating Cultural Diversity at Anniversary Gala"

BEST OFF-PREMISE CATERED EVENT
A Legendary Event, Atlanta
"Team-Building Extravaganza"

Culinary Capers Catering, Vancouver, British Columbia
"Shaw Hospitality at the 2010 Games"

Someone's in the Kitchen, Tarzana, Calif.
"Shawn Hits the Big 50"

BEST FUNDRAISING EVENT
Alison Silcoff Events, Montreal
"The Daffodil Ball"

Catalina Island Conservancy, Long Beach, Calif.
"15th Annual Conservancy Ball: Catalina Rocks!"

Nico Designs, Santa Barbara, Calif.
"Starry Night"

BEST EVENT PRODUCED FOR A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION
Alison Silcoff Events, Montreal
"The Daffodil Ball"

Destination King, Memphis, Tenn., and Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, Memphis, Tenn.
"Le Bonheur Grand Opening"

Sensix Communications and Events, Montreal
"Jewish General Hospital Angel Ball"

BEST WEDDING: BUDGET UNDER $1,000 PER GUEST
Affair with Flair, Cherry Hills Village, Colo.
"Kacie and Daniel's Wedding"

Events of Distinction, San Francisco
"An A-Door-able Celebration"

VP Events, Westlake Village, Calif.
"Govani Wedding"

BEST WEDDING: BUDGET $1,000 AND ABOVE PER GUEST
Frank: Master Bridal Consultant and Event Expert, Chicago
"Michele and Tom Get Married"

Laurie Arons Special Events, San Francisco, and Designs by Sean, Dania, Fla.
"At Last, Chad and Nicole"

Total Event Resources, Schaumburg, Ill., and AOO Events, Los Angeles
"Criswell-Merrilees Wedding"

BEST MULTIPLE-DAY INCENTIVE EVENT
Afilias, Horsham, Pa.
"Afilias Retreat 2009"

Cerulean Events, Los Gatos, Calif.
"President's Club 08/09"

Jobe and Associates, Dublin, Ohio
"NFS Awards Conference"

BEST MULTIPLE-DAY EVENT PROGRAM FOR A CORPORATION OR ASSOCIATION
aNd Logistix, Toronto
"Canadian Mortgage Expo"

H.J. Heinz Co., Pittsburgh
"Heinz May 2010 National Meetings"

Vok Dams, Wuppertal, Germany
"International Dealership Porsche Cayenne"

BEST EVENT STAGED IN MULTIPLE LOCATIONS
Labatt Food Service, San Antonio
"100 Year Anniversary Gala"

Jung von Matt Relations GmbH, Cologne, Germany
"ENA Styling Tour"

Jung von Matt Relations GmbH, Cologne, Germany
"Mission: 24 h Redesigned"

BEST FLORAL DESIGN
Designs by Sean, Dania, Fla.
"At Last, Chad and Nicole"

Lynn Fletcher Weddings, Calgary, Alberta
"For You … Michelle"

Weddings & Events, East Riffa, Mahama, Bahrain
"Royal Wedding Celebration"

BEST TENT INSTALLATION
Regal Tent Productions, Stoney Creek, Ontario
"WorldSkills International Competition"

Regal Tent Productions, Stoney Creek, Ontario
"Olympic Rendezvous@Samsung"

Tentnology, Surrey, British Columbia
"Bahrain Royal Wedding Celebration"

BEST USE OF LIGHTING
AOO Events, Los Angeles
"Power of Partnership"

Images by Lighting, Los Angeles
"L.A. Philharmonic Gala"

Russell Harris Event Group, North Hollywood, Calif., and Images by Lighting, Los Angeles
"Disney Media Distribution Upfronts"

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN TECHNICAL SUPPORT
Aggreko, Houston
"Red Bull Air Races"

Aggreko, Houston
"Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games"

Optics, Waterford, Mich.
"Heinz North America 2010 May Meetings"

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN LOGISTICS
Incredible Artists, Haworth, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
"Next Autumn/Winter 2010"

Tentnology, Surrey, British Columbia
"Bahrain Royal Wedding Celebration"

Welcome Event Marketing, Copenhagen
"Get on the Train"

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN EVENT RENTAL SUPPORT
Room Service: An AFR Event Furnishings Company, Pennsauken, N.J.
"Dinner en Rouge"

Town & Country Event Rentals, Van Nuys, Calif.
"Ancient Paths, Modern Voices"

BEST NEW, INNOVATIVE EVENT PRODUCT/TECHNOLOGY
Creative Backstage, Tempe, Ariz.
"Pixal Paint"

Howard Givner Co., Scarsdale, N.Y.
"Super Planner"

Tentnology, Surrey, British Columbia
"Bahrain Royal Wedding Celebration"

BEST EVENT ENTERTAINMENT: BUDGET $100,000 AND BELOW
Merestone, Scottsdale, Ariz., and Destination Concepts, San Diego
"Live from Phoenix"

SME Inc., Los Angeles, and Whatever Artists Management, London
"London Live"

Vangard Inc., Tacoma, Wash.
"Tech Ready II: International Street Fair"

BEST EVENT ENTERTAINMENT: BUDGET ABOVE $100,000
EventWorks, Los Angeles
"Amway China Gala Dinner"

Hello Florida, Orlando, Fla., and Metropolis Productions, Orlando, Fla.
"CITGO 100th Anniversary"

Vok Dams, Wuppertal, Germany
"International Dealership Porsche Cayenne"

MOST OUTSTANDING SPECTACLE
Facts + Fiction, Cologne, Germany
"BVB 100 Years"

JHE Production Group, Harrisburg, N.C.
"NASCAR Sprint All-star Race Opening Ceremonies"

K-Events, Milan
"Venice Carnival"

BEST EVENT FOR PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL/S: BUDGET UNDER $1,000 PER GUEST
High Rise Events, Westlake Village, Calif.
"Groundbreaking on Lot 165"

Jobe and Associates, Dublin, Ohio
"Lucy Graduates"

Someone's in the Kitchen, Tarzana, Calif., and SRO Events, Tarzana, Calif.
"Shawn Hits the Big 50"

BEST EVENT FOR PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL/S: BUDGET $1,000 AND ABOVE PER GUEST
Bravo Productions, Long Beach, Calif.
"Event on the Move"

Heffernan Morgan Ronsley, Chicago
"Project Alice"

Lynn Fletcher Weddings, Calgary, Alberta
"For You … Michelle"

BEST EVENT MARKETING CAMPAIGN
Destination King, Memphis, Tenn., and Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, Memphis, Tenn.
"Le Bonheur Grand Opening"

Vok Dams, Wuppertal, Germany
"Seat Geneva Auto Salon 2010"

Vok Dams, Wuppertal, Germany
"Swisscom Urban Hacking"

BEST THEATRICAL ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCTION
EventWorks, Los Angeles, Calif.
"Amway China Gala Dinner"

Hello Florida, Orlando, Fla., and Metropolis Productions
"CITGO 100th Anniversary"

Vok Dams, Wuppertal, Germany
"International Dealership Porsche Cayenne"

BEST DECOR: TOTAL DECOR BUDGET UNDER $20,000
Events of Distinction
, San Francisco
"Chinoiserie Chic"

Magic Moments, Norcross, Ga.
"Friday Night Lights"

USA Hosts, New Orleans, La., and Fancy Faces, Covington, La.
"This is How We Do It … We Live Life in Color"

BEST DECOR: TOTAL DECOR BUDGET $20,000 TO $49,999
All Occasions Event Productions, Lexington, Ky.
"A Timeless Celebration"

Tamar Productions, Chicago
"Rock the Mile in Style"

Warner Bros. Special Events, Burbank, Calif.
"WBTV International L.A. Screenings"

BEST DECOR: TOTAL DECOR BUDGET $50,000 TO $150,000
Alison Silcoff Events, Montreal, and Decor and More, Oakville, Ontario
"The Daffodil Ball"

Hello Florida, Orlando, Fla.
"CITGO 100th Anniversary"

Showorks, Oldsmar, Fla.
"Fusion: The Power of Purple and Yellow"

BEST DECOR: TOTAL DECOR BUDGET ABOVE $150,000
MGM Resorts Events, Las Vegas
"Bellagio New Year's Eve Reign"

MGM Resorts Events, Las Vegas
"Keep Memory Alive"

MGM Resorts Events, Las Vegas
"Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas Grand Opening"

BEST EVENT FOR CORPORATION OR ASSOCIATION: OVERALL BUDGET UNDER $100,000
Metzler: Vater, Zorneding, Germany
"Red Ball Big Bang"

Russell Harris Event Group, North Hollywood, Calif.
"Fox 'House' Premiere"

BEST EVENT FOR CORPORATION OR ASSOCIATION: OVERALL BUDGET $100,000 TO $249,999
E=MC2 Event Management, Calgary, Alberta
"YPO Chapter Graduation"

Future Affairs Productions, East Providence, R.I.
"Cirque d'Elephant"

Someone's in the Kitchen, Tarzana, Calif.
"AMPAS Foreign Language Awards"

BEST EVENT FOR CORPORATION OR ASSOCIATION: OVERALL BUDGET $250,000 TO $500,000
AOM Events,
Miami, Fla.
"FICO World"

Elias Events, Houston
"Let Us Entertain You"

Russell Harris Event Group, North Hollywood, Calif.
"Disney Media Distribution Upfronts"

BEST EVENT FOR CORPORATION OR ASSOCIATION: OVERALL BUDGET ABOVE $500,000
EventWorks,
Los Angeles
"Amway China Gala Dinner"

K-Events, Milan
"One"

MGM Resorts Events, Las Vegas
"Aria New Year's Eve Reveal"

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