Emerald City Applause Awards


After much consideration and time to weigh the facts of the COVID-19 outbreak in our area, the ILEA Board of Directors has decided to POSTPONE the Emerald City Applause Awards. The safety and health of our vendors, partners, friends and community are top priority. When the dates and details have been secured, we will be certain to share the information. We look forward to celebrating with you all. If you have already purchased tickets for this event, you will be fully refunded to the original method of payment.

A Dash of Adorable Be Good Event Photography BLUE INK Cafe Pacific Catering CORT Party Rental Event Experience Foodz Catering Geoteaming GFS Events Kayla Cook Events LightSmiths Lola Creative Microsoft One Eighty / Leisure Care Party on the Rocks Event Staffing & Bartending Service Pedersen's Event Rentals Pink Blossom Events PJ Hummel & Company, Inc. SHW, LLC Synchronicity Events Tentwood Events The Great Surprisal & CircusWerks Tolo Events Wilkinson Events & WIPA


For this ultraviolet evening of awards, we encourage your crazy, colorful, cocktail attire! Get your neon on with a wardrobe pallet of whites, hot pinks, purples, bright and bold black and white paterns. Don’t hold back - let’s see your black light best!  

At this time, ILEA Seattle is planning to continue with the Emerald City Applause Awards as planned March 26, 2020 and registration remains open. The health and wellness of our community is our top priority. As we make decisions regarding this event, will be following the recommendations released by King County Public Health in consultation with the Centers for Disease Control. 

We are fully prepared to adjust our plans as the situation develops. We are following – and will remain in compliance with – all city, state and federal guidelines.We are closely monitoring these guidelines and will continue to update you should this event be rescheduled in consideration for the health and wellness of our attendees. Here is a list of precautionary measures we are taking for this event.

Event Venue: Axis at Pioneer Square is committed to following the cleaning guidelines, precautions and procedures for preventative measures for every event. We also insist that all attendees adhere to good sense and all protocols as suggested by the CDC. 

Event Caterer:  In this video, the owner of Foodz Catering, Shelby Sewell addresses questions and concerns regarding coronavirus, and lets you know what Foodz is doing to ease concern.

Relaxed Cancellation Policy: Currently, our cancellation policy is 7 business days prior to the day of the event. In consideration of public health and wellness, if you feel symptoms of illness at any time prior to the event, you can cancel your registration and receive a full refund with no penalties.

On-Site Sanitizing Stations will be set up at the entry and all bar locations.

The evolving situation with the COVID-19 virus and developments in and around the city of Seattle have most certainly been at the forefront of our minds as the 2020 Emerald City Applause Awards approaches. We value your voices and the spectrum of feedback that we have been receiving. Should this event be rescheduled for a later date, communication regarding registrations and new details will be provided as soon as they are available. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time. 



Axis Pioneer Square

AXIS Pioneer Square provides a dramatic special event venue located in the classic Globe Building of Pioneer Square. Gallery AXIS is proud to be a part of the thriving Pioneer Square art scene, hosting monthly rotating exhibitions from a diverse group of local artists.

With great pride, AXIS has preserved 10,000sqft within the historic 1889 Globe Building as Seattle’s most exciting event space. Our two joinable spaces are centered on a series of 15’ brick archways, blending seamlessly into antique wood floors with a sprinkle of industrial-modern design. The versatility of AXIS allows us to perfectly accommodate small gatherings all the way up to large events of 550 guests (cocktail style). Our venue is one of the only large capacity non-hotel event spaces in downtown Seattle and is easy walking distance to numerous downtown hotels, as well as the burgeoning Pioneer Square restaurant and bar scene (right out our back door).

The modular AXIS space is designed by event professionals to allow you to customize your event within our stunning confines. Our experienced event staff is the best in the business and proudly awaits the opportunity to make your next event truly extraordinary.

Gallery AXIS is proud to be a part of the thriving Pioneer Square art scene, hosting monthly rotating exhibitions from a diverse group of local artists. Gallery AXIS is open Monday-Friday during regular business hours, dependent on Venue’s Event Schedule, and grows to a monthly 10,000sqft exhibition as we debut our new work for 1st Thursday Art Walk each month. Come stop by next time you are in the neighborhood and be sure to join us for art, entertainment and surprises during our openings each 1st Thursday, 5-9 pm.

Foodz Catering

Foodz is an award-winning team of culinary artists and event specialists provides a diverse array of globally-inspired menus, arranged in tastefully elegant presentations. Our global culinary background provides an unparalleled depth for sophisticated or casual menu planning and presentation, with a focus on current, innovative, and high flavor profiles.

Foodz Catering exists to create beautiful, enjoyable experiences that tantalize the senses of taste, smell, touch, and sight. We use nothing but the finest ingredients to craft exquisitely delectable food. Artful and pleasing to the eye; delightful to the palate.

Master of Ceremonies/Event Production
Jason Cotnoir; Emcee

The bold. The brilliant. The Kingpin Planner and driving force of the 2020 Emerald City Applause Awards, Jason Cotnoir is an extreme event professional. Jason spends his days brightening the halls of his day job and overseeing events from here to China. Literally. Event-King Cotnoir will emcee the evening with details on tonight’s nominees, winners and sponsors. Jason serves our event community on the Board of Directors with ILEA Seattle as the Director of Awards.

Event Branding Design, Printing, Signage & Wraps:

We Imagine. We Create. We Print. BLUE INK is a full-service agency offering brand development, logo discovery, business identity, publication design, digital media and more. We strive for flawless execution at the pace of your business. 

With 20+ years expertise in branding and graphic design BLUE INK will create your ideas to life. We create brand campaigns across all media channels including print, digital, social media, large format digital printing and custom space transformation with oversized print and installation.

BLUE INK offers a unique value in our ability to see a project from creation to execution. No more calling two places to get on project done. Our creative printing capabilities include projects as small as half an inch sticker for a business cards, to 50-foot wall wraps and billboard sized outdoor banners. BLUE INK offers standard printing, large format digital printing and custom print and design for oversized outdoor and indoor projects.

Lighting & AV:
Crimson Haze Event Lighting

Crimson Haze Event Lighting is a happy husband-wife team with a passion for lighting! We love collaborating with our clients and fellow vendors to create amazing events together. Below are some highlights about our business and approach.
Design Décor:
Tolo Events

We work hard, we have fun, we exceed expectations. We produce events nationwide and have resources that enable us to create amazing events wherever our clients need us. Our approach helps our clients to advance their mission, message and brand to their audiences through memorable experiences and interactions. What sets Tolo Events apart? We’re one of very few event companies that creates, designs and oversees all key elements of an event experience. This enables our clients’ vision to be cohesive and the planning process to be seamless.

Alan Alabastro Photography

Professional Commercial photography company providing high-quality digital content for Corporate and Non-Profit organizations seeking to tell a relevant and compelling story to enhance their brand identity. We specialize in Special Events, Conferences & Conventions, Live Performance, Travel/Adventure and Portraits.

Event Rental:
CORT Rental

CORT Party Rental has been the premier event rental company in Washington State for 50 years. Our highly experienced team is standing by to provide you with unparalleled assistance, service and event knowledge. We are dedicated to making your special day the memory of a lifetime.

CORT, a Berkshire Hathaway Company, is the world's largest provider of furniture rental, trade show and event furnishings, and relocation and transition services. With more than 100 offices, showrooms and clearance centers across the United States, operations in the United Kingdom and a proprietary global network in over 70 countries around the world, CORT is dedicated to helping people and companies create environments that make a house a home, an office a great place to work, and an event memorable - no matter where, when or for how long. For more information, please visit www.cort.com.

Soft Seating Rental:
CORT Party

At CORT, we believe that the details matter.

We believe that every day should be lived to its fullest and everyone should be given a chance to do great things. That’s why we started the furniture revolution more than 40 years ago, designed to create comfortable homes for people looking for furniture on their terms.

Bamboo Beats

Hey there! We are Isaac and Jojo Dyckhoff, the husband and wife team that founded Bamboo Beats. Isaac is the DJ and Jojo is the Vibe Manager. We started our Seattle Wedding DJ business in 2005, a few years after we got married. Like many of you searching right now, we couldn’t find an amazing wedding DJ for our wedding that could deliver the party vibe we expected from our club days and the professionalism we needed to run the show. So we put together our own team to rock our wedding and then decided to rock yours!

Orion Entertainment

The Founder of Orion Entertainment, David Schwartz, started the company when he was a freshman at the University of Washington. He got his start DJing house parties in the Greek System, and eventually transitioned into playing clubs, bars, and private events. 6 years later, David, (Orion) has performed at hundreds of events all across the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Now a premier destination Wedding and Event DJ his love for music and travel has propelled him from Hawaii to Boston. David loves to blend unexpected genres and decades together - his passion for music and DJing is always reflected in his sets whether playing a wedding, nightclub, bar mitzvah or corporate event. Recently, he received recognition from Honey Books and the Rising Tide, as one of their 20 on the Rise for 2019 in the Event Professionals Category. He was also selected by the Bridal Masterclass Experience to be a Hands-on Coordinator and share his experience with fellow wedding professionals. David loves to spend time with his dog Ranger, craft new ideas for the business, watch soccer, go camping/hiking, and cook in his spare time.

BrainFitted Media | Ronald Patton

For 10+ years it’s been our duty to create and serve in the event experience world. Going from producing concerts and events in college to now producing content for small-large sized corporations, we’ve always centered our focus around how we can best tell the stories of others.

Our company, BrainFitted Media, encompasses digital content (videography & photography), digital branding & consulting.  Yes, that’s a lot of hats to wear but our team is driven, passionate & strive for the best in everything we do. Everyday. Anywhere. We deliver ingenious, creative expertise. In our world, ideas are the people behind them.

A Dash of Adorable

Hosting an elevated event is a stressful task. Your days are often filled with endless online searches to find the perfect decor. After you scroll the internet for hours, you continue to feel frustrated, only to learn your ideal theme doesn’t exist anywhere!

At A Dash of Adorable we build dream events based on unique visions. Equipped with extensive DIY tools, any imaginable design is possible! If you can Pin it, we can make it. Save yourself the anxiety of waiting for an Etsy order, call us instead, we deliver custom pieces onsite. 

The most hard-to-please clients will be amazed by your transformed live event space. Let us handle the glitter while you enjoy the compliments.

Balloon Design
Confete Party Box

In a world that popularizes expediency and efficiency, it is so important to make moments last with the people you care most about. Special occasions are meant to commemorate relationships and celebrate the connections we have built, but partying is no simple task; insert Confete Party. We pride ourselves in offering beautiful partyware delivered to your doorstep and making your party a huge hit without all the hassle. In every party box a style guide is slipped in full of tips and tricks on how to setup the product and make your life that much easier. By offering three separate party box options we give you the ability to be as creative as you want (or don’t want).

Musical Entertainment:
The Jewel Tones
The Jewel Tones are a Motown-inspired vocal trio who perform hits by The Supremes, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Stevie Wonder, Martha & The Vandellas, The Jackson 5, and many more. The Jewel Tones deliver sparkling personality, stellar vocals, fun choreography, and a classic 1960s look and are available to perform at events and venues throughout the greater Seattle, WA area. Learn more and view our photos and demo reel at http://PremierVocalEntertainment.com/TheJewelTones.asp.

Award Submission Information Nominees will be announced on March 9, 2020.
Read the Submission Guidelines and FAQ here.

Being an Emerald City Applause Award recipient provides the distinct competitive advantage to present your award-winning event or program to customers, potential clients, vendors and colleagues.  The award reminds your industry peers of your team's hard work, creativity, uniqueness, accomplishments and industry expertise.

The Emerald City Applause Awards (ECAAs) were developed to acknowledge and honor Washington event industry professionals and their finest examples of creativity, planning, strategic management, resourcefulness and successful event solutions throughout the year.  The awards offer multiple categories that represent the different disciplines within the event industry.

Here are this year's catergories.

Best Industry Innovation

This category honors individuals or companies that have developed a new idea, product or process that further elevates the event industry.  The innovation could be a new technology, method, device, a product, service or service ware item that increased the success of a singular event or events industry as a whole.

Best Creative Solution

This category honors individuals or companies that have met and overcome significant and/or unique challenges such as unusual or difficult client demands/requests, locations, logistics and/or time frames in the planning and production of an event.  Please Note: Limited budgets do not qualify as an award-worthychallenge.

Best Catered Event

This award honors excellence and creativity in the use of food and/or beverage at an event through culinaryplanning, preparation, execution and/or presentation. No weight will be given to the size or scope of the event. The event merit will be equally based on culinary and service excellence and creativity.

Best Live Event Entertainment

This category recognizes the use of live entertainment, performance, or presentation to enhance and contribute to the overall theme and vision of an event. Examples of entrants include speakers, musicians, auctioneers, masters of ceremonies, interactive entertainment, and performers. This award honors excellence in any of the following categories: stage presence, showmanship, technique and skills, uniqueness, artistry, creativity, and/or audience engagement.

Best Designed Event

This category honors excellence in a cohesive event design to achieve the goals of the event. Design/Décor elements includes, but are not limited to; theme décor, linen selection, props, and scenery and/or display design, floral design and balloon artistry.

Best Event Support Services

This category honors excellence in event support services.  Eligible entrants include but are not limited to, component of the event such as tenting, transportation, rentals, linens, furniture and/or other support services. 

est Technical Production
This category honors excellence in special event technical production, design or execution services. Eligible items include, but are not limited to, audio visual, multi-media, sound, lighting, special effects, video mapping, staging and rigging.

Best Meeting/Conference

Entrants in this category should display excellence in the area of meetings and conferences, such as educational or information sharing gatherings for shared interest groups, industries, universities, societies, corporations, or non-profits. Eligible entrants include event planning professionals, producers, vendors, facilities or venues. 

Best Public Event

This category honors excellence in planning and implementing events that are attended by the general public. Events in this category may include, but are not limited to, street fairs, festivals, tradeshows, concerts, and sporting events.

Best Photography

This category honors excellence in event photography by capturing the essence of the event through visual medium – photography. Award worthy submissions exhibit excellence in any of the following categories: impact, creativity, style, composition, print presentation, center of interest, lighting, subject matter, technical excellence or storytelling.


Best Videography

This category honors excellence in event videography by capturing the essence of the event through visual medium – videography, live event streaming, for event experience or post-event. Award worthy submissions exhibit excellence in any of the following categories: impact, creativity, style, composition, center of interest, lighting, subject matter, technical excellence or storytelling.

est Event Marketing

This award honors creativity and effectiveness in event marketing and its strategy and design. Entries will be judged on the creative use of event and (where appropriate) organizational brands, and success of strategies used to promote an event, which may include: Design/packaging elements include brand, promotional collateral, or web presence. Implementation and cohesiveness of the marketing strategy, which may include but is not limited to, the use of advertising, social media, online and/or experiential marketing.

Best Team Effort

This award recognizes a team effort for an entire event or portion of an event. This category requires three or more companies/organizations and at least one ILEA member to be eligible. The team leader is responsible for the entry submission and full payment.  Please note: In this entry, the participants must be only referred to as caterer, decorator, florist, etc. (or similar descriptions that eliminate specific names).
MEMBER PARTICIPATION: Each team member (including the Primary Entrant) should write a description of their role and contribution to the success of the event.
SUCCESS: The Primary Entrant should explain how the team worked together to accomplish the client’s goals and objectives for the event. 

BUDGET SPECIFIC: These categories require you to choose a budget level and to upload the supporting budget documentation. For these categories, a budget MUST be uploaded, or the entry will be disqualified.

est Non-Profit Event
This category honors excellence in non-profit events. This category may include fundraising events such as galas, auctions, luncheons/breakfasts or runs/walks. Other events planned for non-profits such as donor cultivation/stewardship events, visibility or milestone events (such as campaign events, kick-offs, or anniversaries) are also eligible.
-Budget under $50,000
-Budget over $50,000

est Social Event (Non-Wedding)

This category honors excellence in social event planning. Eligible entrants include social event planning professionals and other entities that provide these types of social event planning services. Events in this category include, but are not limited to, bar/bat mitzvah, personal celebrations, holiday parties, Milestone birthdays i.e. Sweet 16, 40, 50 etc.  Please note: Weddings are not eligible in this category; see Best Wedding Category.

-Budget under $50,000
-Budget over $50,000

Best Corporate Event

This category honors excellence in corporate event planning. Eligible entrants include corporate event planning professionals, facility or venue managers, producers and managers of events for corporations.  Events in this category may include, but are not limited to, company celebrations, employee or client appreciation events, grand openings, product launches, training sessions, sales events.  

-Budget under $50,000
-Budget over $50,000

st Wedding Event

This category honors excellence in weddings and wedding related events. Eligible entrants include wedding planners, catering sales manages, venue managers. Submissions in this category should have a major role in the final outcome of the event. Events in this category are limited to weddings related events only.  

-Budget under $50,000
-Budget over $50,000

2019 ECAA Winners:

Foodz Catering - Best Catered Event
Microsoft - Best Corporate Event Budget Over $50,000
Alexander Party Rentals - Best Creative Solution
Tolo Events LLC. - Best Designed Event
Sunny Umbrella Design Co. - Best Event Marketing
CORT Party Rental - Best Event Support Services
Tentwood Events - Best Industry Innovation
Animate Objects - Best Live Event Entertainment
Microsoft - Best Meeting/Conference
XPL - Best Non-Profit Event Budget Over $50,000
GFS Events - Best Non-Profit Event Budget Under $50,000
Be Good Event Photography - Best Photography
GFS Events - Best Public Event
XPL - Best Team Effort
June Films - Best Videography
Perfectly Posh Events - Best Wedding Event Budget Under $50,000
Melissa Jurcan, CSEP - Hall of Fame