Showtime Group wins Gold at the Pinnacle Awards 2015, USA
by EVENTFAQS Bureau Industry Watch | September 23, 2015 | News
Pinnacle Awards, 2015 International Festivals and Events Association IFEA Showtime Group Michael Menezes
Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards 2015, USA has honoured Showtime Events, New Delhi with a Gold in the Best Event to Benefit a Cause category for its IP, Jodhpur One World Retreat 2015. Organised by the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA), the 20th Anniversary of the IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Ceremony took place on Sept. 21 and was held at the IFEA’s 60th Anniversary Convention & Expo, presented by Haas & Wilkerson Insurance, in Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A. from Sept. 21-23.
Some of the other contenders for the top slot were Des Moines Arts Festival, Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build, Edison Festival of Light, Building for America's Bravest, and Galloway Family of Dealerships.
This is not the first time that Showtime has won at the Pinnacle Awards. Past wins include Gold for BMW Xperience in the Best New Event category (2012) and Silver for Hero Insolito in the Best New Event category (2014). Like last year, Showtime is also the only agency from India to win at the Awards.
Commenting on this big win, Michael Menezes, MD, Showtime Group said, “It’s a great honour for Showtime and India to win Gold at the Pinnacle Awards, USA which is often called the Oscars of the event industry. The fact that we seem to have pipped many global events to the post is even more gratifying and reaffirms our commitment to delivering world-class events, as good as any in the globe. It is also a matter of pride that this event is actually one that gives back to society by raising funds for the Indian Head Injury Foundation that is doing a yeoman service in a country that is known as the head injury capital of the world.”
Following the awards ceremony, Steven Wood Schmader, CFEE, IFEA President & CEO said, “Striving for the highest degree of excellence in festival and event promotions and operations in every budget level and every corner of the globe, this competition has not only raised the standards and quality of the festivals and events industry to new levels, but also shows how event producers can use innovation and creativity to achieve a higher level of success.”
Sponsored by industry leader Haas & Wilkerson Insurance, the professional competition draws entries from among the world’s top festivals and events. Winning entries came from organizations as diverse as the 500 Festival, Indianapolis, IN; the Des Moines Arts Festival, Des Moines, IA; the National Archives, Washington, DC; the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, Pasadena, CA; the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, Mount Vernon, WA; SunFest, West Palm Beach, FL and the Edmonton Heritage Festival in Edmonton, AB, Canada. International contenders included Destination NSW in Sydney, Australia; Ludwig Van Beethoven Easter Festival in Krakow, Poland; the Singapore Garden Festival, Singapore; RedFilo Events in Abu Dhabi, UAE; Showtime Events; New Delhi, India; Festival Lent, Maribor, Slovenia and the Gimje Horizon Festival in Gimje City, South Korea.
Awards were handed out in 68 different categories in total including Best TV Promotion; Social Media Site; Commemorative Poster; Overall Sponsorship Program; Green Program; Educational Program, Children’s Programming; Media Relations Campaign; Overall Merchandising Program; Festival & Event Management Degree Programs to the highest award given by the IFEA in recognition of those Festivals and events who have a balance of all the elements necessary to ensure a successful event – the Grand Pinnacle.
Showtime Events' IP Jodhpur One World Retreat 2015 beat Des Moines Arts Festival and Edison Festival of Light, among others, in the 'Best Event to Benefit a Cause' category