A crowd of 900 guests at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Convention Center, Las Vegas, applauded the winners of the Special Events Magazine Gala Awards competition, considered the most prestigious in the special event industry. The Gala Awards ceremony concluded The Special Event trade show.

Winners competed in categories ranging from Best Floral to Best Achievement in Event Rental Support. The winners were chosen by the Special Events Magazine advisory board.

The gala was the grand finale of The Special Event trade show and conference, produced by Primedia (owner of meetingsnet and The Meetings Group magazines) to serve the special event profession.

Among the winners:

BEST OFF-PREMISE CATERED EVENT Legendary Events, Atlanta

BEST CATERED EVENT PRODUCED BY A HOTEL BANQUET DEPARTMENT Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas

BEST MULTIPLE-DAY INCENTIVE EVENT Harith Productions, Oreland, Pa., and Designs by Sean, Dania, Fla.

BEST MULTIPLE-DAY EVENT FOR A CORPORATION OR ASSOCIATION Create Food Ltd., London

BEST EVENT ENTERTAINMENT CONCEPT AND EXECUTION: ENTERTAINMENT BUDGET UNDER $25,000 Extraordinary Events, Sherman Oaks, Calif.

BEST EVENT ENTERTAINMENT CONCEPT AND EXECUTION: ENTERTAINMENT BUDGET $25,000 TO $100,000 John Daly Inc., International, Santa Barbara, Calif., and New Century Dance Co. , Miami

BEST EVENT ENTERTAINMENT CONCEPT AND EXECUTION: ENTERTAINMENT BUDGET ABOVE $100,000 Vok Dams Gruppe, Wuppertal, Germany

MOST OUTSTANDING SPECTACLE Vok Dams Gruppe, Wuppertal, Germany

BEST EVENT MARKETING CAMPAIGN Automotive Marketing Consultants, Marina del Rey, Calif.

BEST THEATRICAL ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCTION E=MC2 Event Management, Calgary, Alberta

BEST THEME DÉCOR: TOTAL DÉCOR BUDGET UNDER $20,000 An Original Occasion, Los Angeles, and Steve Kemble Event Design, Dallas, Texas

BEST THEME DÉCOR: TOTAL DÉCOR BUDGET $20,000 TO $50,000 EventWorks, Los Angeles, Calif.

BEST THEME DÉCOR: TOTAL DÉCOR BUDGET ABOVE $50,000 Alison Silcoff Events, Montreal, and Dick Walsh, New York

BEST EVENT PRODUCED FOR A CORPORATION OR ASSOCIATION: OVERALL BUDGET UNDER $100,000 Festivex Special Events, Gatineau, Quebec

BEST EVENT PRODUCED FOR A CORPORATION OR ASSOCIATION: OVERALL BUDGET $100,000 TO $249,999 Moving Venue Management, London

BEST EVENT PRODUCED FOR A CORPORATION OR ASSOCIATION: OVERALL BUDGET $250,000 TO $500,000 Rare Indigo, Vancouver, British Columbia

BEST EVENT PRODUCED FOR A CORPORATION OR ASSOCIATION: OVERALL BUDGET ABOVE $500,000 MGM Mirage Events, Las Vegas