NACE One Awards Categories and Fees

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Upcoming Deadlines:

Entries Open


Closed for 2022

Submission Deadline


May 23, 2022

Nominees Announced


June 24, 2022

Awards Gala


July 26, 2022


Award Categories and Fees

  • Member Awards: FREE
  • Chapter Awards: FREE
  • Industry Awards: $115 Entry Fee

Add your team to your award submission!

  • Team Member Fees: $115
  • Additional physical awards will be available for purchase after the event.

Industry awards allow you to credit members of the team that contributed to the success of your event.
If selected as a winner, each team member included in the submission will receive an award. 

 

 


Chapter Awards

Note: Click here to view Updated Chapter Size Tiers for 2022

Chapter of the Year

 

The NACE Chapter of the Year award recognizes NACE chapters that exemplify outstanding achievement in chapter planning and management, member participation, merit of educational programs, and membership growth and retention. Entries will be judged on how well the chapter achieved their overall goals and objectives for: membership, educational programs, fundraising, community service, special activities, communications, and marketing.

One award will be given to each of the three tiers of chapter sizes.

  • Up to 19 members
  • 20-49 members
  • 50+ members

Criteria 

Chapter Program of the Year

The NACE Chapter Program of the Year award recognizes the planning, production, and execution of a chapter program, which demonstrates superior achievement in educational content, theme, and presentation.

One award will be given to each of the three tiers of chapter sizes.

  • Up to 19 members
  • 20-49 members
  • 50+ members

Criteria 

Chapter Fundraising Event of the Year

The NACE Chapter Fundraising Event of the Year award recognizes success in planning, producing, and executing a single fundraising event for the chapter that exemplifies the outstanding efforts and abilities of the chapter and its members.

One award will be given to each of the three tiers of chapter sizes.

  • Up to 19 members
  • 20-49 members
  • 50+ members

Criteria 

 


Chapter Diversity and Inclusion Award

The NACE Chapter Diversity and Inclusion award recognizes and celebrates a chapter’s initiatives, policies, and practices that embrace diversity and inclusion across the catering and events industry. This can be achieved through community service, professional development, and programming activities that enhance opportunities for people of diverse cultures, backgrounds, and experiences. This also includes the practice of inclusive policies and chapter procedures.

Criteria 

Chapter Emergency Response Award

The NACE Chapter Emergency Response award recognizes a chapter’s initiative in responding to emergencies that impact the hospitality, catering, and events industry. Within this category, emergency response includes a chapter’s response to a natural disaster, severe weather crisis, or health pandemic. This award will be given to the chapter that furthers NACE’s mission to support and empower catering and events professionals.

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Chapter Engagement Award

The NACE Chapter Engagement award recognizes a chapter that has outstanding member engagement with an educational component through social media, activism, or promotion of the catering and events industry.

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Chapter Education Program of the Year

The NACE Chapter Education Program of the Year award recognizes the planning, production, and execution of a chapter program that demonstrates superior achievement in educational content.

One award will be given to each of the three tiers of chapter sizes.

  • Up to 19 members
  • 20-49 members
  • 50+ members

Criteria 

Chapter Community Service of the Year

The NACE Chapter Community Service of the Year award recognizes outstanding work benefiting a charitable or non-profit organization, by means of an event or series of events, outreach activity, or fundraising.

One award will be given to each of the three tiers of chapter sizes.

  • Up to 19 members
  • 20-49 members
  • 50+ members

Criteria 

Chapter Hybrid/Virtual Program of the Year

The NACE Chapter Virtual or Hybrid Program of the Year award recognizes the excellence in planning and execution of a chapter virtual or hybrid program. This program must demonstrate outstanding achievement in educational content, member engagement, theme, and presentation.

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Honorary Awards

Hall of Fame Award

The Hall of Fame Award honoree demonstrates history a of career achievement, sustained commitment to the advancement of the industry, and significant contributions to NACE on a national or local level. Honorees are individuals that have contributed to the catering and events industry and their service to the association has been significant, substantial, and long-standing.

The Hall of Fame honoree will be nominated by the National Board. Nominees are judged by the Awards Committee. All nominees will be interviewed and evaluated on the criteria listed below.

Criteria NACE National Board

Icon Award

The NACE Icon award recognizes an industry professional who has made an impact through their company’s or personal efforts that advanced or made a significant contribution to the catering and events industry. The recipient of this award will join a group of outstanding individuals who have also made meaningful impact on the industry. The recipient will be profiled by NACE and highlighted in future NACE Experience Conference marketing and promotions.

Criteria 

 

 


Rockstar Industry Submissions - $115 Entry fee

Event Photography of the Year

The Event Photography of the Year award recognizes outstanding photography and the photographer’s artistic talents.

Award nominations will be split into three subcategories:

  • Social Event (non-wedding) Photography
  • Corporate Event Photography
  • Wedding Photography

Criteria 

Team Event of the Year

The Team Event of the Year award recognizes outstanding achievement in the seamless team effort to execute the total event planning and production of a catered event by a group of on-premise and off-premise caterers, event planners, facility venue managers, institutions (charitable, cultural, and educational), production companies, special event designers, linen companies, florists, balloon artists, ice artists, entertainment companies, photographers, videographers, and other members producing events such as parties, banquets, award ceremonies, fundraisers, festivals, sporting events, conventions, and expositions while working together as a seamless team.

Criteria 

Event Production of the Year

The Event Production of the Year award recognizes outstanding achievement in the overall event planning and production of a catered event by on-premise and off-premise caterers, event planners, facility venue managers, and institutions producing events such as parties, banquets, award ceremonies, fundraisers, festivals, sporting events, conventions, and expositions, but excluding weddings (see Wedding of the Year award).

Award nominations will be split into two subcategories:

  • Social
  • Corporate

Criteria 


Catered Event of the Year

The Catered Event of the Year award recognizes outstanding planning and execution for on-premise and off-premise events.

Award nominations will be split into two subcategories:

  • On-Premise Events
  • Off-Premise Events

Criteria 

Table Presentation of the Year

The Table Presentation of the Year award recognizes outstanding design and décor for an event table, including, but not limited to guest, buffet, or conceptual tables. A conceptual table would be considered a “best of show” display piece where several elements of a table theme would be included to showcase all products: for example, those tables as seen at bridal shows and industry table-top competitions.

Criteria 

Wedding of the Year

The Wedding of the Year award recognizes outstanding planning and execution for wedding events, including ceremony and reception.

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Speaker of the Year

The Speaker of the Year award recognizes professional speakers who consistently engage, motivate, and inspire audiences.

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Event Entertainment of the Year

The Event Entertainment of the Year award recognizes outstanding achievement in event entertainment concepts and execution for events such as parties, banquets, award ceremonies, fundraisers, festivals, sporting events, conventions and expositions, social, corporate, and wedding events.

Criteria 

Event Design and Décor of the Year

The Event Design and Décor of the Year award recognizes outstanding achievement in event design and décor for any social or corporate event. Events such as galas, holiday parties, grand openings, social gatherings, parties, banquets, award ceremonies, fundraisers, weddings, or wedding-related events are eligible, including events produced by florists, rental, linen, and furniture companies, event designers, production artists, caterers, event planners, facility venue managers, and institutions producing such events.

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Industry Virtual Event of The Year

The Virtual Event of the Year award recognizes excellence in the planning and execution of a virtual or hybrid event. This award recognizes innovation and creativity in the increased adaptation to this form of events.

Criteria 

Industry Micro Event of the Year

The Micro Event of the Year award recognizes outstanding achievement in overall event planning and production of a catered event with 25 or fewer attendees by on and off-premise caterers, event planners, facility venue managers, and institutions.

Criteria 

Industry Innovator of the Year

The Industry Innovator of the Year award recognizes an industry professional or business achievement and community impact resulting from adaptation during a time of crisis. The purpose of this award is to recognize an individual or business that was pivotal in the growth and adaptation of the industry during a time of change.

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Technical Production of the Year

The Technical Production of the Year award recognizes outstanding achievement in staging décor, stage lighting, rigging, audio visual, and video mapping components, including live-feeds, speakers, video walls, theatrical and unique technical elements for events, such as parties, banquets, award ceremonies, fundraisers, festivals, sporting events, concerts, conventions, and expositions.

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Outstanding Members - FREE Submission

Member of the Year

The NACE Member of the Year award recognizes members whose membership, local and national association participation, contributions, and involvement have made a significant impact on NACE.





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Student Member of the Year

The NACE Student Member of the Year award recognizes student members whose chapter participation, contributions, and involvement have paved the way for fellow and future students, as well as increased the chapter’s involvement in the academic community.



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George Zell Spirit of NACE

The George Zell Spirit of NACE award recognizes NACE members whose commitment and compassion toward humanitarianism make a profound and recognizable impact in memory of NACE member George Zell, who passed away in 1999. George was the quintessential NACE member, dedicated to his chapter and the national organization through leadership. Nominations will be scored by previous George Zell Spirit of NACE award winners.


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Member Frontline Hero Award

The Frontline Hero award recognizes a catering and event professional or business who, through dedication and charity, gives back to their community during crisis with pivotal impact in the event and hospitality industry.

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Emerging Member of the Year

The Emerging Member award recognizes relatively new members whose membership, local and national association participation, contributions, and involvement have made a significant impact on NACE. Candidates must be professional or young professional NACE members in good standing for at least one year, but not more than 5 years.

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