HOF Enshrinement Festival wins IFEA Pinnacle awards
CANTON, OH (Nov. 4, 2011) – The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival was recently recognized by the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) with several Pinnacle Awards, all in categories for events with budgets over $1.5 million, as follows: Gold Pinnacle Award for “Best Event Video,” Silver Pinnacle Award for “Best Commemorative Poster,” and Bronze Award for “Best Miscellaneous Printed Materials.” Awards were presented in 69 different categories, and winners were announced on Oct. 3 at the IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Ceremony during the IFEA’s 56th Annual Convention & Expo at The Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas. 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 promotional video from hundreds of hours of footage shot by the PYEcom team. She further expressed gratitude to Jessica Bennett, Director of Marketing, and her team at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, for their outstanding design of the commemorative poster and Enshrinement Festival “Official Playbook” which won the silver and bronze awards respectively. “The Enshrinement Festival is fortunate to work with such creative and talented people who help us share our message that the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival is indeed a one of a kind celebration,” noted Murray. The professional competition drew entries from among the world’s top festivals and events with winning entries coming from organizations as varied as the 500 Festival, Indianapolis, Ind.; Bayou City Art Festival in Houston, Texas; Dublin Irish Festival, Dublin, Ohio; MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival, Fort Worth, Texas; Issaquah Salmon Days, Issaquah, Wash.; Portland Rose Festival, Portland, Ore. and the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, Pasadena, Calif. International contenders included such diverse event organizations as Canada Place, Canada; Ham Pyeong Butterfly Festival, South Korea; World Gourmet Summit, Singapore; Edmonton Heritage Festival, Canada; Ludwig Van Beethoven Easter Festival, Poland; Rotterdam Festivals, The Netherlands; Festival Lent, Slovenia and Sentosa Development Corporation, Singapore. “The IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Competition recognizes the outstanding accomplishments by festivals and events around the world,” said IFEA President & CEO, Steven Wood Schmader, CFEE. “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.” Headquartered in Boise, Idaho, the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) is The Premiere Association Supporting and Enabling Festival & Event Professionals Worldwide. In partnership with global affiliates, the organization's common vision is for "A Globally United Industry that Touches Lives in a Positive Way through Celebration.” The Association offers the most complete source of ideas, resources, information, education and networking for festival and event professionals worldwide and can be accessed via www.ifea.com. The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival entertains nearly 700,000 people at 18 diverse events over nearly two weeks as they honor the induction of football heroes into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton/Stark County Ohio. Professional staffs at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and Pro Football Hall of Fame and team of more than 4,200 extraordinary community volunteers and sponsors support the summer festivities. Visit www.profootballhofef.com for more information.