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2017 Allie Awards
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Celebrating Excellence in Event Design,
Planning & Production

Established in 1991

The Allie Awards were created 26 years ago to recognize local Atlanta event companies performing at a global level of excellence in the areas of design, production and planning. The “Allies” are much more than peer recognition. They showcase the pinnacle of professionalism and creativity in the event industry, as well as educate and inspire the industry’s most talented individuals to continuously raise the bar.
In 1988, when Tim Lundy, CSEP, first envisioned the Allie Awards, he knew the city of Atlanta was fast becoming one of the leaders in the event industry, destined to compete on national and global levels. Today, his dream is a reality, and the Southeast comes together as one on a very special night to celebrate its best-in-class, and foster the dreams of tomorrow’s rising stars.
Who Should Enter?
This is not just an event for large, heavily funded ISES and NACE member companies to take all the glory. Event designers and producers who want to showcase their most creative work can compete and win in numerous categories, regardless of budget. The Allies understand the impact both of budget and creativity on final product, and have built the awards for a broad range of entries. The marketing edge winning an Allie Award gives companies young and old is part of what has created this enduring legacy.
Who Should Attend?
For 2015, the 25th anniversary of the Allies, not only will ISES and NACE members be present, but many other prestigious meetings industry organizations such as SITE, HSMAI and GaMPI will be participating. The opportunity to network with peers and catch a glimpse of trends and inspiration from a year of innovative events is unmatched in the Southeast. Individuals, Allie sponsors, nominees, entire companies, their clients and teams are present for this gala evening.
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 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 5, 2017 the 27th 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.
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Join the Celebration

Registration will open in January 2016.

Make your plans now to join us for

the 27th Annual Allie Awards.

Sunday, March, 5, 2016

5:30 pm – 11:30 pm

The Georgia Freight Depot

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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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