Delray Events Sweep Awards

The one and only Mr. Garlic.

The one and only Mr. Garlic.

Delray Beach has earned a reputation as America’s Most Fun Small City.

A large part of that distinction is due to the vast array of events that make Delray a vibrant place year round.

It takes a lot of effort to pull off those events but the hard work culminated in an award-winning day for Delray Beach at the recent convention of the Florida Festivals & Events Association (FFEA). Stephanie Immelman, Executive Director of the Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative (DBMC),  announced that the organization has been named the winner of 11 prestigious SUNsational Awards, while Nancy Stewart, president of the Festival Management Group, is pleased about winning another 9 awards.

“Everyone at the DBMC, FMG and the Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce is excited and honored to win these awards,” said Immelman, “because they recognize our track record for producing high-quality, year-round events and activities that support our local business community, while also promoting the image of Delray Beach as a great place to live, work and play.”

The DBMC received four awards for producing the annual July 4th Celebration, three awards for the popular On The Ave series, and two each for two different headline-grabbing promotions: Spin the Vote On the Ave and the Delray Beach Dinner in the Sky.

At the same time, Delray Beach-based Festival Management Group won seven awards for events produced by the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce two more two awards for their Delray Beach Garlic Fest.

“These awards show that Delray Beach continues to set the bar for other communities,” said Stewart. “We’re proud that our organizations were able to ‘bring it home’ for Delray Beach.”

“Working together, the Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative, the Chamber and Festival Management Group are able to generate an enormous amount of publicity about Delray Beach, resulting in an increased awareness of the area,” Immelman agreed. “Certainly, that has a direct positive economic impact on the entire city.”