ISES-DC Annual Gala at Gannett/USA TODAY McLean VA

The Greater Washington, DC chapter of the International Special Events Society (ISES DC) marked the 17th year for its prestigious Capital Awards Gala tonight at the breathtaking Gannett/USA TODAY Headquarters in McLean VA. Established to recognize and honor the best of the metro DC special events industry, the Gala is produced with the support of generous sponsors and attended by ISES members and their guests.

This celebratory event kicked off at the curb where we’re greeted by valet before we walked the red carpet to the music  of Dixieland band, inside the contemporary event site , we enjoyed cocktails, a specialty drink, passed hors D’oeuvres and music  by a jazz quartet while networking with colleagues prior to the awards being presented. It was an occasion to celebrate the men and women, who do so much to make Washington, DC’s event business successful and to honor a new class of awards winners.  The high light of the evening was an Award Ceremony in which 64 award nominees competed for 18 awards. After the ceremony we enjoyed  three sumptuous dinner buffets while enjoying dinner music in a club lounge setting. It was an exciting and relaxed atmosphere to everyone that culminate with a dessert buffet and dancing at an After Party in the First Amendment Dining Room which was transformed into a club with a creative decor.

We all departed the gala with a silver swag bag of goodies and memories of a truly special event!

See pics below…

Keula Binelly and Ray Bialek with Bialek's music

Left to right-Keula Binelly With Heidi Berger and Kelly Downes

Keula Binelly and Eddie Fam and his wife with Impact Marketing Events winner of the award for Big Gala for Little Ones and A Night of Pink Hope :at ISES 2012 Capital Awards Gala

Left to right Robin Cohn Rosenthal, Sandra Teger, Ray Bialek, Keula Binelly

Awesome Band of the night

Keula Binelly and the paper's man

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