The votes are in! We have our Readers’ Choice Award winners.

Of course, I can’t tell you who they are just yet. We like to unveil that news in style at our annual awards party. But I can tell you that the winners this year can be extra-proud, because the contest was our toughest one yet.

Fully 4,500 people voted in this year’s awards. That’s a 50 percent jump over last year, which was itself a record-setting year. From the MiM+E perspective, it’s gratifying to see our reach grow. But it’s also exciting to see our industry so engaged with a statewide industry effort.

Our hope is that the enthusiasm translates into attendance at our annual Readers’ Choice Awards Party, to be held Thursday, May 19, at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center in Detroit.

The party is always a great time and, most importantly, a chance to bring together industry members from around the state. There’s no beating face-to-face interaction with your peers, and our party is one of the few opportunities for that each year. (Plus, we have an open bar.)

Registration will open mid-March. Looking forward to seeing us set another record.

Cowboys aren't known for sitting around, and the American Cancer Society’s annual Cattle Baron’s Ball aims to keep its attendees on its feet. 

The ball, held Sept. 24 at Cobo Center, drew 700 attendees and raised $1 million to support the society’s mission. It featured a strolling supper with local celebrity chefs making their signature item; a live auction; and entertainment. The event, though open to the public, is primarily a corporate fundraiser that draws its support from sponsorships. 

 

Meeting Professionals International, the official sponsor of Smart Monday, has added five new programs to the inaugural day of IMEX America.

Paws for a Break

MPI is teaming up with Love Dog Adventures—a Las Vegas animal-assisted therapy program. Designed as a stress-reducing activity, several dogs will be present during Smart Monday for attendees to cuddle with. These puppy sessions are quickly becoming a hot new trend and have been featured in a number of World Education Congresses. Puppy Cuddling is sponsored by Visit Norfolk.