The NACE Triangle of Excellence Awards Gala: A Night to Remember | Merrimon-Wynne House. Raleigh, North Carolina
As part of the event industry, we are no strangers to hard work, long hours, and meticulous attention to detail. And every year, we look forward to the NACE Triangle of Excellence Awards Gala, a night where our efforts are recognized and celebrated by our peers and industry leaders. This year it was held at the Merrimon-Wynne House in Raleigh, and the gala filled the grounds. It was the largest attendance to date.
This year, we had the honor of not only attending but also contributing as a sponsor and being a part of the planning committee. It was an incredible experience, and we were thrilled to see the best of the best in our industry receive the recognition they deserved.
But what made this year’s gala particularly special was the that this year we… we won the award for the best group effort at an event. It was the icing on the cake, or so we thought. Little did we know that the most significant recognition of the night was yet to come. Our chapter president, Mr. Lyn Graves of Fresh Affairs, announced that he wanted to present the New Member of the Year Award personally. And when he began to speak of the detail, creativity, and care, his words were like a song.
We were humbled and honored when he called the founder and owner of our company, Theresa Jatko to accept the award. It was a moment that we will never forget, and still can’t fully describe what his words meant to us, Derek, Theresa's husband who has always supported the business and our team.
But what we can say is that we are forever grateful for this opportunity and to create amazing events that turn into memories for our clients. We are blessed to have grown friendships with incredible vendors, and our heart are full of gratitude for our clients and industry peers who allow us to do what we love.
In addition to the amazing recognition we received at this year’s NACE Gala, we also received some exciting news. I am thrilled to announce that I have been named gala chair for next year’s event.
It is an honor to have the opportunity to lead the planning committee and contribute to future galas, and will do our very best to fill Alyssa’s shoes. I am excited to work alongside and incredible team of industry professionals and create an event that celebrates the hard work and dedication of our peers.
As we reflect on this year’s gala and look forward to the next years, we are reminded of the importance of community, collaboration, and the power of coming together to create something truly special.
We will continue to work hard to raise the bar and create beautiful memories together and we are so excited to share all the incredible moments and details from the Gala here. I know that I will look back at these photos again and again.
In the meantime, let us bask in the memories of a night that will always hold a special place in our hearts.
Triangle of Excellence Awards Gala 2023, Presented by Triangle NACE
Host: Triangle NACE Venue: Merrimon-Wynne House Caterer: Rocky Top Caterers Rentals: Curated Events Florist: Fresh Affairs
Production/AV: Capital Production Group Stationery & Signage: Theresa Jatko Designs
Lounge: Greenhouse Picker Sisters Centerpiece Décor: Table of Contents
Photography: Nieto Photography. Videography: Betts Films
Mosaic Photo Booth: Spark Photo Booth. Living Statues: Imagine Circus
Live Painter: Jahde Art Live Painter: The Barb Art Live Guest Portrait Painter: Art by Kelsey Ray. Program DJ: DJ Harlem Gallery Lighting: DJ Rang Ballerinas: Wake Forest Youth Ballet Red Carpet Host: Wedded Kiss. Red Carpet Host: Nathan Hellman
After-Party DJ: Dj Randy for Bunn DJ Co After-Party Poems: The Poetry Fox
Gala Committee:@alyssalruth @aneesa.harmonyweddings @ariecorin @tjatkodesigns @astear87 @isthatkaitlin @vjack321 @tova.yvents @aneventladyproduction
@dogwoodgatherings @vix223 @mccormickcreation @danakadwell @syljessica @joebunn @jennaloveslocal @magnoliacollective