Trinity Awards

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About the awards

The Trinity Awards program began in 2011 as a way to recognize and honor our members. Then President, Lyn Graves had a vision to produce a chapter event and awards program like no other as a “A Celebration of Our Members.” The first annual Trinity Awards received an overwhelming response and the gala proved to be one of the most talked about events of that year. The Trinity Awards program includes categories covering all aspects of event planning and management. The call for entries begins in January/February and the Trinity Awards Gala is held in June.

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Common Questions


The Awards

Who can enter?

Entries are open to all Greater Triangle ISES members in good standing on or before September of 2013.

When is the call for entries?

The call for entries begins in January/February.

How are the entries judged?

Entries are blind-judged by a panel of ISES members who are industry experts outside of the Triangle area.

Why should I enter the Trinity Awards?

Get recognized for your talents and hard work on your events! With over 21 categories to enter, ALL areas of our members’ expertise are honored, including several new categories for venues, cakes and stationery! Share with your clients and prospects the honor of being named a winner within our prestigious local chapter further setting your self apart from the competition. In addition, your name and title as a Trinity Award winner will be featured on the ISES-GT website.



How do I enter?

All entries are submitted via FTP, DropBox or email. Information and instructions will be available when the Call for Entries is released.

Is there an entry fee?

Yes, there is a fee to enter. Please refer to the official Call for Entries.

What is a team entry?

A team entry can be entered into one category when two (2) or more members were instrumental in the planning/execution of an event. Entrants can be from the same company or from separate companies; however, all must be ISES members.

What are the categories?

Best Catered Event, Best Corporate Event, Best Entertainment Production, Best Event Design-Décor, Best Event for a Non-Profit Organization, Best Event Photography, Best Event Support Services, Best Event Videography, Best Team Effort, Best Marketing-Design Collateral, Best Meeting-Conference Program, Best Public Event, Best Social Event, Best Technical Production, Best Wedding. Non Esprit Categories: Best Cake Presentation, Best Event Tabletop Design, Best Event Stationery, Most Creative Venue – Corporate Event, Most Creative Venue – Social Event or Wedding, Best Event Innovation

Can I submit the same event into two different categories?

Yes, often the same event will be appropriate for more than one category.

What are the qualifying entry dates?

Events submitted for the Trinity Awards must have occurred between January and December of the prior year. The 2014 Trinity Awards will honor member events from January to December of 2013.



Can I submit my Trinity entry to the Esprit Awards?

The Trinity Awards somewhat mirror the Esprit Awards criteria making your Trinity entry a good start for your Esprit entry. Specific questions for each category may vary from year to year between the Trinity Awards program and the Esprit program. However, if you complete the Trinity entry process, you have done most of the work for creating an Esprit entry.

When is the Esprit entry deadline?

The Esprit entry deadline will be published by the ISES International Esprit committee. The Trinity Awards entries are typically due well before the Esprit deadline in order to give you time to modify and prepare your Esprit entry.



When is the gala?

The Trinity Gala is held in June along with the Board Installation Ceremonies.

Can I be a sponsor of the gala?

As the largest meeting of the year, members who sponsor the Trinity Awards receive the highest visibility. The Trinity Committee relies on member sponsors for all aspects of the event. The Committee begins planning the gala in January and will determine their needs at that time. Please contact the Trinity Committee Chair for more information.

What is the attire?

Black tie attire is appropriate unless otherwise noted on the gala invitation.