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The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival was recently recognized by the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) with a prestigious Gold Pinnacle Award for “Best Event Video” in the category of events with budgets over $1.5 million.
Awards were presented in 68 different categories at the 2014 IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards on September 29, 2014, during the IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Ceremony held at the IFEA’s 59th Annual Convention & Expo in Kansas City, Missouri.
Joanne Murray, director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival, expressed appreciation to Larry Schock and Zachary Piette of PYEcom Home Video, who developed the event video from hundreds of hours of footage shot by the PYEcom team.  PYEcom and the Enshrinement Festival have won Gold every year since 2006 except one, when they came in with a Silver behind the Kentucky Derby.  Annual Enshrinement Festival overview DVDs are available for purchase at $24.95 each, plus shipping, by calling Chris Gumpp at 330.458.2055 or e-mailing chrisg@cantonchamber.org.
The professional competition drew entries from among the world’s top festivals and events. Winning entries came from organizations as diverse as Bumbershoot in Seattle, Washington; Boulevardia in Kansas City, MO; Denver Comic Con in Denver, CO; Philadelphia Flower Show in Philadelphia, PA; Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival in Temecula, CA; National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC, and Luminato Festival in Toronto, ON, Canada.International contenders included such diverse event organizations as the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, Netherlands; Misteria Paschalia Festival in Krakow, Poland; Hero Insolito in New Delhi, India; World Gourmet Summit, Singapore; Festival Lent, Maribor, Slovenia and the Seoul Cartoon & Animation Festival in Seoul, South Korea.
“The IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Competition recognizes the outstanding accomplishments and top quality creative, promotional, operational and community outreach programs and materials produced by festivals and events around the world,” stated IFEA President & CEO, Steven Wood Schmader. “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.”For a complete list of winners and more information on the IFEA, go to www.ifea.com.