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Congratulations to all of our Award Winners!

Chapter Awards

Committee Member of the Year
Kortni Jeske

Rising Star
Jennifer Crenshaw

Business Partner of the Year

Vestals Catering

President’s Award
Amber Knowles
Jennifer Burns

Hall of Fame Inductees
Tami Winn
Rebecca Wright

Legend of NACE
Luana Stoutmeyer

Self-Nominated Awards

Event Photography of the Year
Jennifer Crenshaw Photography

Wedding of the Year Over $50,000
DQB Entertainment

Catered Event of the Year Under $5,000
Vestals Catering

Catered Event of the Year Over $5,000

Event Production of the Year Under $25,000
Harmland Visions

Event Production of the Year Over $25,000
The Event Nerd

Philanthropic Award
Vestals Catering

Virtual Event of the Year (TIE)
Dallas Chocolate Festival
Sarabeth Events

Thank you to all of our event sponsors!

Venue: Thompson Hotel Dallas
Floral: The Garden Gate
Videography: Deon Davis Production
Photography: Harmland Visions
Lighting & A/V: Harmland Visions
DJ & Emcee: DQB Entertainment
Decor Rentals: Marquee Event Rentals (Linen, napkins & chargers)
Decor Rentals: Shag Carpet Props (Stage, backdrop, podium, hand sanitizer stations, sponsor boards, membership counters with partitions, & bar top partitions)
Temperature Check Station: Callisto Sound & Lighting
Confetti Stick Guest Favor: Ultimate Confetti
Projection Screens: Beyond

All About 2021 Award Submissions

***DEADLINE EXTENDED to Monday, February 22nd***

Due to the power outages that so many in our community are experiencing, AWARDS DEADLINE IS EXTENDED to Monday, February 22nd.

I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t be more excited to usher in a new year – one full of hope, possibility, and Covid vaccines! But before we completely leave 2020 behind, we want to celebrate the wins that we did have. Your DFW NACE Board of Directors knows that there are still some things worth celebrating about 2020, and we couldn’t think of a better time to come together for our first in-person meeting of the year than our annual Awards Gala. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 3rd! 

This year, instead of focusing primarily on our in-person meetings for awards, we want to focus on YOU – the people in the event industry who continued to make things happen in 2020, even when faced with the greatest challenges. As such, we’ve expanded the self-nominated awards to provide more opportunities for our event community to be recognized amongst their peers. We’ve also tailored the awards to be in alignment with the challenges we’ve all faced and to better showcase the ways that many of you have persevered. 

Here are some of the changes you’ll see to the self-nominated awards this year:

  1. Separate categories for Wedding of the Year based on budget (below $50,000 and over $50,000) so that micro weddings aren’t competing with larger weddings – Wedding of the Year Submission Guidelines
  2. Separate categories for Event Production of the Year based on budget (below $25,000 and over $25,000) so that Covid-impacted events aren’t competing with larger events – Event Production of the Year Submission Guidelines
  3. Separate categories for Catered Event of the Year based on budget (below $5,000 and over $5,000) so that small catered events can be recognized in addition to larger ones – Catered Event of the Year Submission Guidelines
  4. A NEW award for Virtual Event of the Year to recognize those that made the move to virtual in 2020 – Virtual Event of the Year Submission Guidelines
  5. A NEW Philanthropic Award to showcase individuals and companies who used 2020 to give back to the community – Philanthropic Award Submission Guidelines
  6. Award submissions will ask the applicant to describe how the event was adapted for guest and vendor safety if the event was impacted by Covid-19. 

**Don’t miss your chance to be recognized for your 2020 efforts! Click here to review the criteria for all award submission guidelines including Event Photography of the Year. 📸 

DFW NACE Members can submit awards for free. Non-member submissions are $50 per award nomination. 

Submission Form: You can submit your award online HERE 

We can’t wait to showcase you!

Kimberly Rhodes
Owner & Event Planner at Hitched Events
DFW NACE Immediate Past President

And the Winners Are…

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners! 2019 was a BIG year for our chapter and all of our members. And these awards prove it. Below is the complete list of DFW NACE Award winners.

Special Honors

Howard Eckhart Hall of Fame: Dawn Finley CPCE, CWP
President’s Award: Leigh Tidwell, CSEP
President’s Award: Chris Harmon

Member Awards

Member of the Year: Rebecca Wright, CPCE
Committee Member of the Year: Amber Knowles
Rising Star: Amber Knowles
Business Partner of the Year: Harmland Visions

Meeting Awards

Facility of the Year: Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek (November meeting)
Culinary Presentation of the Year: The Joule (August meeting)
Best Meeting Decor: Freesia Dallas, Eleven Embers, TLC Event Rentals, AFR Rentals, Top Tier Event Rentals, Belle Decor, AM Linen Rentals, 5×7 Designs (October meeting)
Entertainment of the Year: Brite Beauty & Center Stage Band (November meeting)
Program of the Year: 4 Day Weekend for their ‘Yes, And’ Experience (August meeting)
Meeting of the Year: The Joule, Lindsey Zamora Events, Allen Tsai Photography, Brown Fox Creative, Nick DiGennaro, DFW Linens, Beyond, Top Tier Event Rentals, Speed Pro Imaging, FunkyTown Donuts, Beautiful Event Rentals, Cam Event Designs (August meeting)

Industry Awards

Catered Event of the Year: CN Catering
Event Photography of the Year: See Pink, Inc
Team Event of the Year: Sarabeth Events
Event Production of the Year: Sarabeth Events

Photos by Jennifer Crenshaw Photography

The Complete Guide to DFW NACE Awards

Every year, our DFW NACE chapter recognizes the outstanding work of our chapter members and volunteers at our annual awards gala. Our chapter wouldn’t be what it is without our members and we want to make sure we honor all of your hard work.

There are 3 main categories and a few different awards under each:

1) Member Awards, 2) Chapter Meeting Awards, and 3) Industry Awards

Member Awards

These nominations are selected by our Board and then voted on by our Chapter Members to recognize members and business partners who have had a significant impact on the success of our DFW NACE chapter.

The awards in this category are:
1) Rising Star
2) Business Partner of the Year
3) Member of the Year
4) Committee Member of the Year
5) The President’s Award

**The LAST day to vote on Member Awards for our 2020 awards gala is January 24th, 2020. If you are a DFW NACE member, check your email for your private voting link.

Chapter Meeting Awards

These awards recognize the planning, production, and execution of our monthly programs and celebrate the phenomenal work of our volunteers and sponsors who helped to produce them. These nominations are decided by the surveys that YOU complete after each meeting. One of the many reasons why it’s so important that you fill out the surveys!

The awards in this category are:
1) Facility of the Year
2) Entertainment of the Year
3) Best Meeting Decor
4) Culinary Presentation of the Year
5) Program of the Year
6) Meeting of the Year

Industry Awards

These awards recognize the outstanding event work that you do throughout the year with your clients and business. Everyone is eligible to submit their own work and submissions will be judged by a group of independent judges. Members can submit for FREE, and there is a $50 submission fee for guests. So you really have no excuse to not submit! We can’t celebrate you and your phenomenal event work if you don’t submit it!

The awards in this category are:
1) Wedding of the Year
2) Team Event of the Year
3) Event Production of the Year
4) Event Photography of the Year
5) Catered Event of the Year

You can find more information about how to submit and criteria for each award here. **Submissions for an Industry Award are due no later than January 24th at 5:00PM to be eligible for a 2020 award.

If you have any questions about submitting for a 2020 Industry Award, email our Immediate Past President, Don Mamone, at

We’ll see you at the 2020 Awards Gala on February 5th!

DFW NACE 2020 Industry Awards

Awards season is here!

We’re kicking off our second annual DFW NACE Industry Awards to be awarded at our gala on Wednesday, February 5th, 2020. (Save the date!)

We have an exceptionally talented chapter of event professionals and companies that have produced amazing work and events. Our DFW NACE Industry Awards recognize the outstanding event work that you do throughout the year with your clients and business. This is your chance to show it off and submit the incredible work that you did last year for one of the five awards in our Industry Awards category.

Dust off your writing skills and show your peers how fantastic you are! Submissions are due Friday, January 24th, 2020 at 5:00pm for consideration. All word documents, photos, and videos outlined in the applications should be sent to Don Mamone at

Click here to find the criteria for each award category and submission guidelines. Submission is free for DFW NACE members, and guests can submit for a one time $50.00 submission fee. Winners will receive one award for each submission. If you would like to order additional awards for partners and team members they are available for an additional $50.00 each.

Please remember to send in your submissions no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, January 24th.

Thank You,
Don Mamone
Immediate Past President

Photos by Kiss Me for Eternity at our annual 2019 Awards Gala