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Sunday, March 9, 2014

The Tabernacle

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Committee Volunteers, Sponsors and Donors ...

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“Curiouser and curiouser!”

- Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland)

And, the Nominees are...

Promoting excellence in Event Design, Planning & Production

established in 1991

When you think of the Oscars, the Emmys or the Grammys, you most likely think of the red carpet, celebrity stars and dramatic acceptance speeches. And while those things may matter to the attendees and viewers alike, there is a real value and purpose behind the creation, the meaning and the evolution of these award ceremonies. It’s not only about recognition, but also about driving the industry to reach further, try harder and continually push to improve the quality in every part of the process.
In 1988, when Tim Lundy, CSEP, first envisioned the Allie Awards, those were the guiding principles he had in mind. He knew the city of Atlanta was fast becoming one of the stars of the event industry and wanted to create a platform for the local event industry to not only showcase their talents, but also drive them to produce events that could compete on national and even global levels.
Birth of the Allies
A trusted board member of the Atlanta Chapters of both the National Association of Catering Executives (NACE) and the International Special Events Society (ISES), Lundy brought forward his idea to both organizations and received their backing for the production. An awards committee was formed with Lundy as the Chair and Judy Cook as the Co-Chair. They were assisted by wonderful industry visionaries like Suzanne Stedman, Edmund Faget, Debbie Hill and Ralph Traxler.

The name “Allies” was selected to represent all “allied” event companies in Atlanta working together for a common good: to promote excellence in event design, planning and production.

The inaugural event was held in 1991 to a group of 185 event professionals in the Greater Atlanta area, during a broadcast of the Oscars, with awards presented during commercial breaks. That year there were few categories. But, each year since then, the committee has added new awards to recognize the growth and depth of our industry.

The Allies Today
Today, 21 years later, the Atlanta Allies has grown into a huge production with 30+ awards and has also donated monies to charitable organizations in the Atlanta area. Several other ISES Chapters in North America have modeled awards celebrations around the Allies, and following the success of these Chapter awards, the International ISES Esprit Awards celebration now exists.

Atlanta is very proud of the longevity and success of the Allie Awards, and invites you to participate by attending, entering, sponsoring or volunteering!

Bob Blaesing CSEP Lifetime Achievement
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, in particular to NACE and ISES. In 2004 this award was renamed after the late Bob Blaesing, CSEP, a visionary whose philosophy of education, ethics and commitment to the industry exemplifies the spirit of this award.”
Dale Riggins Humanitarian Award
Shepard Convention Services introduced the Dale Riggins Humanitarian Award in 1995 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.
Tim Lundy Rising Star Award
Introduced at the 20th annual Allie Awards, the Tim Lundy CSEP Rising Star award pays tribute to 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.

Volunteer opportunities

Become part of the excitement and planning of the Allie Awards. Join us as we begin the journey down the rabbit hole to create an evening of celebration and entertainment for members of the event industry. Please contact us if you would be interested in becoming part of the Allie Awards team.
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Sponsorship opportunities

On Sunday, March 9, 2014 the 24th Annual Allie Awards will present awards to some of the Southeast’s most talented suppliers, caterers and event professionals in the industry. This year, we offer you the opportunity to support our industry on this very special night.

Join the Celebration

Registration is now open.
Make your plans now to join us for
the 24th Annual Allie Awards.
Sunday, March 9, 2014
5:30 pm – 11:30 pm
The Tabernacle Atlanta

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People Are Talking

  • I love the Allie Awards because they are a celebration of the creative talents of event professionals in a solo endeavor or team effort. The standard of excellence has been set!
    Sharon Rocchio
    Sharon RocchioYour Seamless Event
  • Over the years my agency L.E.D. has been honored to win multiple Allie Awards, "Best Entertainment Production" and "Most Unique Entertainment" being our two most recent. The Allie Awards are a special opportunity to showcase your work with peers (and clients) in an atmosphere of comaraderie and mutual support. The event itself is a fun spirited celebration of the best of the best of our local industry that lifts us up in celebration while raising the bar of excellence.
    Kelly Nelson, Founder | Chief Creation Officer
    Kelly Nelson, Founder | Chief Creation Officer L.E.D.
  • What an amazing event! We had such a good time. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make this night happen. Can't wait for next year.

    Event Savvy
    Event Savvy

Our Sponsors

The Allie Awards is honored to have the support of so many corporations, businesses and individuals that help make our event possible.   These companies represent the growing community that believes in the contributions made by our profession. Please contact us to inquire about sponsorship opportunities.

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