ICON Awards Gala over the top

The Denver Post - - LIFE & CULTURE - By Joanne David­son Joanne David­son: 303-8091314, par­ti­writer@hot­mail.com and @joanne­david­son on Twit­ter

Not ev­ery­one agrees that a sixth sense — in­tu­ition, or ex­trasen­sory per­cep­tion — ex­ists.

But for those who do, the 18th ICON Awards Gala was the place to be.

Sight, sound, smell, taste, touch and, yes, in­tu­ition, could all be ex­pe­ri­enced at this over­the-top cel­e­bra­tion of the creative forces be­hind the metro area’s spe­cial events in­dus­try.

Pre­sented by Mercedes-Benz of Den­ver, in co­op­er­a­tion with Colorado Ex­pres­sion and Confetti mag­a­zines, the guests ne­go­ti­ated a maze-like path to the Grand Hy­att Den­ver’s Aspen Ball­room, where the even­ing’s only-black-only-white color scheme was car­ried out in light­ing, re­fresh­ments and a 3-D video, shot un­der­wa­ter at the Four Sea­sons Den­ver pool by Zorn Pho­tog­ra­phy and pro­jected on a floor-to-ceil­ing screen. The vi­su­als and sound were en­hanced by hav­ing view­ers wear neontrimmed head­phones.

After the so­cial hour, it was on to the Grand Ball­room for din­ner, pre­sen­ta­tion of the Peo­ple’s Choice and Judges’ Choice awards in cat­e­gories rang­ing from best en­ter­tain­ment con­cept and ex­e­cu­tion to best wed­ding over $75,000, and en­ter­tain­ment.

Alisa Zapiler, the founder of Creative Events + Oc­ca­sions, planned the event, work­ing hand-in-hand with pub­lisher Terry Vi­tale. Zapiler may have thought she knew the minute-byminute sched­ule, but was in for a big sur­prise when Vi­tale pre­sented her with the 2017 award for Life­time Achieve­ment.

Other big win­ners in­cluded AXS Group, Mo­ment’s No­tice En­ter­tain­ment, Signed & Sealed by Steph, the Global Down Syn­drome Foun­da­tion, De­sign Works, Af­fair With Flair, the Chil­dren’s Di­a­betes Foun­da­tion, An­drew Clark Cin­e­matog­ra­phy, New­berry Brothers, Amp the Cause and Cater­ing by De­sign.

The ICON Awards Gala also gives back by do­nat­ing $50 from each ticket sold to the char­ity of the pur­chaser’s choice and putting $25 from each ticket into a win­ner-takes-all draw­ing. This year’s win­ner was Metro Car­ing, a non­profit ded­i­cated to end­ing hunger and re­duc­ing food waste.

The even­ing’s dress code of only black, only white and in­ter­pre­ta­tions were fun to see.

A group from the Four Sea­sons ho­tels in Den­ver and Vail — in­clud­ing re­gional vice pres­i­dent Thierry Ken­nel; Vail’s gen­eral man­ager Brent J. Martin; Jim Gut­tau, the se­nior di­rec­tor of pub­lic re­la­tions and com­mu­ni­ca­tions; and di­rec­tor of mar­ket­ing Jolinda Co­havi — let a cock­tail menu de­ter­mine what they wore. Half of them were white Rus­sians and the oth­ers were black Rus­sians.

Dana Davis, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Chil­dren’s Di­a­betes Foun­da­tion, was among the women opt­ing for the tra­di­tional Lit­tle Black Dress. Other ladies in black in­cluded Kristina David­son, Jan­ice Case, Piper Vi­tale, Michelle Sie Whit­ten and Mar­i­lyn Spin­ner.

Anca Elena Call, Diane Hut­tner and Keri Chris­tiansen were in white.

Oth­ers join­ing in the fun were Wal­ter and Christie Isen­berg, David Alexan­der, Nancy Sa­gar, Ellen Robin­son, Jerri Thiel, Ge­orge and Gail John­son, Steve Ed­monds, Daniel Kop­nisky, Craig Fleish­man, Josh Han­fling, Stan and Sarah Sena, John Head, Al and Terri Fisher, Syd Sex­ton and John Faught.

Anca Call, Martha Cro­nen, Amanda Sch­midt, Michelle Sie Whit­ten and Ash­ley Sparhawk.

Les­lie Heinz, Jor­dan and Ben Deifik and Lisa Cook.

From left: Dr. Kelly Tisher, El­iz­a­beth Hamil­ton, Terry Vi­tale, An­drew Clark and Breea Lit­tle.

Dana Davis and Bradley Joseph.

Wal­ter and Christie Isen­berg.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.