2012 NICE Awards - Call for Entries

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2012 NICE Awards - Call for Entries

  1. 1. 2012 NICE AWARDS ENTRY FORM Save the Date! April 17, 2012Event Planning Creative ServicesIndividual or firm who was hired to plan, coordinate and direct an Individual or firm who planned or produced the creative service.event from concept to completion. Overall budget is comprised of allelements of the event, whether billed directly to the client, or client Most Creative Invitationpaid recommended vendor directly. Design, medium and delivery of an invitation setting tone of the event and reflecting theme or concept by an invitation company. Best Corporate Event under $25,000 Best Corporate Event $25,000 - 75,000 Best Theme Décor under $20,000 Best Corporate Event over $75,000 Best Theme Décor $20,000 - 50,000 Best Theme Décor over $50,000 Best Social Event under $25,000 Production of themed décor to reflect the concept of the event’s creative Best Social Event $25,000 - 75,000 use of props and equipment by a décor company. Originator must have Best Social Event over $75,000 designed concept and coordinated the production.(Note: Weddings can only be entered under the Wedding Category.) Best Floral Design Best Wedding under $25,000 Best use of floral by a florist or floral division of a firm. Best Wedding $25,000 - 75,000 Best Decorative Linens Best Wedding over $75,000 Creative use of linen by a linen company. Best Fund Raiser/Non-Profit Event under $25,000 Best Tabletop Design Best Fund Raiser/Non-Profit Event $25,000 - 75,000 To include entire tabletop/table design not including food unless used as Best Fund Raiser/Non-Profit Event over $75,000 décor by individual or firm who designed the tabletop. Best Picnic Best “Green” Event Best Fair/Festival Production which included significant efforts to reduce environmental impact. Best NICE Team EventEvent planned as a team effort by at least one NACE member and Support Servicesone ISES member. Originator must have planned, coordinated and produced the services.Catering Best Use of LightingEntered by individual or firm that was responsible for the preparation, Design and installation by a lighting or décor company.presentation and serving of food. Budget is inclusive of service orstaffing charge, but exclusive of sales tax and equipment rental. On Best Use of TentingPremise venues must be owned by the originator. Design, production & unusual/exceptional installation produced by a tent company. Best Catered Event On Premise under $10,000 Best Catered Event On Premise $10,000 - 25,000 Best Logistical Achievement For An Event Best Catered Event On Premise over $25,000 Innovations to overcome obstacles in event set-up. Best Catered Event Off Premise under $10,000 Best Use of Rental Equipment Best Catered Event Off Premise $10,000 - 25,000 Design and equipment used to enhance an event by a rental company. Best Catered Event Off Premise over $25,000 Best Event Photographs Best Buffet or Plated Presentation Use of technical and artistic skills to capture the essence of an event by aUsing food elements that were part of the food service provided to photography studio.the client. Individual Awards Most Creative Planned MenuReflecting the theme or objective of the event. Rising ISES Star This award recognizes individuals who have been in ISES for a minimumEntertainment of one (1) and a maximum of three (3) years who displays impressiveMusical or Interactive. Originator must have planned and produced talent, and who is likely to have a significant impact on the industry inthe entertainment. years to come. Best Entertainment Under $5,000 Best Entertainment $5,000 - 15,000 Rising NACE Star Best Entertainment over $15,000 This award recognizes individuals who have been in NACE for aDirectly responsible for all entertainment elements which may minimum of one (1) and a maximum of three (3) years who displaysinclude staging, performers, technical support. impressive talent, and who is likely to have a significant impact on the industry in years to come. Lifetime Achievement Award The N.I.C.E. Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded by NACE and ISES to an individual who has, during their professional career, made creative contributions of outstanding significance to the catering and special events industries in Chicago.
  2. 2. 2012 NICE AWARDS ENTRY FORM Save the Date! April 17, 2012 Entry ID # (internal use only): _____________________1. Indicate by CIRCLING/CHECKING/HIGHLIGHTING which IMPORTANT! See Rules for Entering for completecategory you are entering (see attached “Categories” for information on presentation and submittal.descriptions):Event Planning 2. Applicant Information:o Best Corporate Event under $25,000o Best Corporate Event $25,000 - 75,000 Name: ______________________________________________o Best Corporate Event over $75,000o Best Social Event under $25,000 Title: _______________________________________________o Best Social Event $25,000 - 75,000o Best Social Event over $75,000 Company: __________________________________________o Best Wedding under $25,000o Best Wedding $25,000 - 75,000 Company Type: _____________________________________o Best Wedding over $75,000o Best Fund Raiser/Non-Profit Event under $25,000 Address: ____________________________________________o Best Fund Raiser/Non-Profit Event $25,000 - 75,000o Best Fund Raiser/Non-Profit Event over $75,000 City: _______________________________________________o Best Picnic State: ____________________ Zip: _________________o Best Fair/Festivalo Best NICE Team Event Phone: _____________________________________________Catering Fax: _______________________________________________o Best Catered Event On Premise under $10,000o Best Catered Event On Premise $10,000 - 25,000 Email: ______________________________________________o Best Catered Event On Premise over $25,000o Best Catered Event Off Premise under $10,000 Affiliation (NACE/ISES): ____________________________o Best Catered Event Off Premise $10,000 - 25,000o Best Catered Event Off Premise over $25,000 ** For NICE Team Event, complete a separate entry form for eacho Best Buffet or Plated Presentation team member. Include $75.00 payment per entrant.o Most Creative Planned Menu Client Information (This person may be called to verify entry ifEntertainment (Musical or Interactive) referral letter is not included):o Best Entertainment under $5,000o Best Entertainment $5,000 - 15,000 Client Company: ____________________________________o Best Entertainment over $15,000 Client Contact: ______________________________________Creative Serviceso Most Creative Invitation Client Phone: ________________________________________o Best Theme Décor under $20,000o Best Theme Décor $20,000 - 50,000 Event Date: _________________________________________o Best Theme Décor over $50,000o Best Floral Designo Best Decorative Linens Each entry fee is $75.00.o Best Tabletop Designo Best “Green” Event Payment Enclosed?Support Services st Entries must be postmarked by March 1 , 2012.o Best Use of Lightingo Best Use of Tenting Mail Entry and Entry Form with payment to:o Best Logistical Achievement for an Evento Best Use of Rental Equipment Jill Marie Zugajo Best Use of Event Photography Classic Party Rentals th 9480 W. 55 StIndividual Achievement Awards McCook, IL 60525o Lifetime Achievement Awardo Rising ISES Staro Rising NACE Star Make checks payable to ISES.
  3. 3. 2012 NICE AWARDS ENTRY FORM *Individual Awards Only*The ISES Rising Star Award recognizes an individual who has been in ISES for a minimum of one (1) and a maximum ofthree (3) years.The ISES Rising Star submission will require a description of no more than 500 words to include the following information: Include a career description Describe a contribution to ISES, and/or our industry, and involvement in a program that occurred between December 1, 2010 and November 30, 2011. Indicate career goals. List any awards and achievements.Include with your entry: A photograph of the nominee for publicity purposes. One 100-word Publicity Description: This 100-word description should include the entrant’s and their company’s name. It will be used for publicity purposes such as publication about the entry, the award event program, the reading of the finalists, and NICE media/press releases.The NACE Rising Star Award recognizes an individual who has been in NACE for a minimum of one (1) and a maximumof three (3) years.The NACE Rising Star submission will require a description of no more than 500 words to include the followinginformation: Include a career description Describe a contribution to NACE, and/or our industry, and involvement in a program that occurred between December 1, 2010 and November 30, 2011. Indicate career goals. List any awards and achievements.Include with your entry: A photograph of the nominee for publicity purposes. One 100-word Publicity Description: This 100-word description should include the entrant’s and their company’s name. It will be used for publicity purposes such as publication about the entry, the award event program, the reading of the finalists, and NICE media/press releases.The N.I.C.E. Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual who has given their time, dedication, leadership,and knowledge towards the advancement of the special events industries.The N.I.C.E. Lifetime Achievement Award submission will require a description of no more than 500 words to include thefollowing information: Include a career description. Describe a contribution to N.I.C.E., and/or our industry, and involvement in a program that occurred between December 1, 2010 and November 30, 2011. Indicate future career goals. List any awards and achievements.Include with your entry: A photograph of the nominee for publicity purposes. One 100-word Publicity Description: This 100-word description should include the entrant’s and their company’s name. It will be used for publicity purposes such as publication about the entry, the award event program, the reading of the finalists, and NICE media/press releases.
  4. 4. 2012 NICE Awards Rules for Entering To receive the most updated information follow the NICE Awards on Facebook and Twitter!PRESENTATION and SUBMITTAL:  Each entry must be submitted in its own individual plain 3-ring binder. It is preferable for the binder to have a plastic cover and inner pockets for judging purposes.  Each binder must have a cover page labeled with the award entry category. This page should NOT include your company name. Ideally, this would be inserted into a plastic cover on the front of the 3-ring binder. See “Suggestions for Entries” on page 5.  Entries must be submitted only by originators. If one event is entered in several categories, a complete and separate binder must be submitted for each category. This includes entry information, entry fee, description and photos.  Included with your entry should be your name, company name, address/phone number, client and category entered along with any ISES/NACE team member or participants involved in your event.  Your company name or logo MUST NOT APPEAR anywhere in the entry except on the entry form. Eligible entries will be given an ID number that will serve as a reference for judging. Do not label tabs with company name – this will eliminate eligibility.  Finalists must be a current Chicago chapter NACE and/or ISES member.  Event must have occurred between December 1, 2010 and November 30, 2011. st  Entries must be postmarked by March 1 , 2012.  The number of finalists per category will not exceed 3. Judges’ decisions are final.  Finalists in each category will be notified via e-mail and/or phone by March 30, 2012. Winners will be announced at the NICE Awards Event. Transportation and tickets to the ceremony are the responsibility of the finalist(s).  Incomplete entries or non-compliance will result in disqualification.EACH ENTRY MUST INCLUDE:  1200 word or less description of the event and its objectives. List all elements of the event (i.e., production, description of your responsibility with the event, design, catering, décor, site, entertainment, etc.)  What were the objectives and how were they met?  Was the event/product or service original and creative?  Was the event/product or service integrated into the overall event?  Describe the execution of the event.  100 Word synopsis which may be used as a description at the NICE Awards if you are a finalist.  Electronic copy to include: 100 word synopsis, and (1) photo to be used if you are a finalist. This electronic copy can be submitted on a CD or jump drive. Securely enclose the item in the binder (staple if necessary).  A minimum of 2 and maximum of 15 original photographs. Photos should range in size from 5”x7” to 8” x 10.” For entries in the Entertainment category, supplemental video tapes/DVDs (not exceeding 5 minutes) are acceptable.  Collateral material (i.e., invitations, menus, novelty items, program book, timelines, flow charts, client referral letter, etc.) All client information will be kept confidential.  Budget breakdown based on the retail value (the amount the client was charged).  A non-refundable $75 fee must accompany each entry. If you are submitting multiple entries, a single check for the entire amount is acceptable, though please be sure to note on the memo line what the amount includes. NICE Team Event entry requires $75 fee per entrant.  Entries need to be typed in 12 pt. Arial font.  Please make checks payable to ISES.JUDGING: Judges will be members of another Chapter of ISES and/or NACE. Entries will be judged on:  How well the event met its objectives.  Originality and creativity of the event, product or services.  Integration of elements in the event.  Execution of the event.  Inclusion of support collateral materials.  The quality of the event, attention to detail and concept.  Any challenges that were presented and overcome.The following Rules and Requirements must be met in order to qualify: Incomplete entries or non-compliance will result in disqualification. This will be solely at the discretion of the judges. All judges will remain anonymous throughout the judging process, and judges’ decision will be final. Qualified entries become nominees based on a point-scoring judging system, which will remain confidential and the property of the NICE Awards Planning Committee. A minimum score of 62% is required to qualify for nomination.NICE Awards Committee reserves the right to re-categorize entries if incorrectly classified*Refer questions to Jill Zugaj 708-514-2147 jzugaj@classicpartyrentals.com or Lanie Hartman lhartman@bbjlinen.com 847-933-4636.
  5. 5. 2012 NICE AWARDS Helpful Information for EnteringWHAT TO DO!Submit! The NICE Awards were founded to celebrate excellence in Chicago events. Showcase your talent andachievements with your peers.Evaluate this past year. What were your biggest challenges, and how did you overcome them? What were the mostrewarding events to you?Follow the rules for entry carefully.Be creative! Historically, the most visually appealing award entries have been the most successful.Stay up to date on the development of the event! Become our fan on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/NICEAwards Follow us on Twitter! http://twitter.com/NICEAwards thCome to the event! 2012 will mark the 11 year of this amazing event!!!! PREFERRED BINDER STYLEREMEMBER!Your company name or logo MUST NOT APPEAR anywhere in the entry except on the entry form.We cannot express this enough! Do not let your incredible event lose eligibility on a technicality.Eligible entries will be given an ID number that will serve as a reference for judging.Do not label tabs with company name – this will eliminate eligibility.*Electronic Copies of Support Material*In the past, only the photograph of your choice has been requested on a CD or jump drive. This year, the 100 wordsynopsis must also be included. If this is not on the electronic copy, your entry will be disqualified.Please eEntries will be disqualified for failure to comply with any of the stated rules.Disqualified entrants will not be notified.Fees for disqualified entries are non-refundable.

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