News Release

WPB is World Leader in Event Honors



September 24, 2013

(West Palm Beach, FL) – The City of West Palm Beach walked away with more gold medals for its community events than any other municipality in the world at the recent Annual Conference of the International Festival and Events Association (IFEA) in Pittsburgh.

The city earned a total of nine awards from the IFEA, including seven gold awards and two bronze.  That made the City of West Palm Beach the most honored city in South Florida.

“I’m thrilled,” said Community Events Manager Mary Pinak, who was on hand to receive the awards. “Our team did an amazing job with our 4th on Flagler celebration this year and our Sand and Sea-Sun’s greetings. I work with an outstanding group of professionals who produce events and marketing materials that win awards year after year.”

From the IFEA website: “Each year, the International Festivals & Events Association recognizes outstanding accomplishments and top quality creative, promotional, operational and community outreach programs and materials produced by festivals and events around the world, with the Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Competition.”

Competition was stiff with this year’s award winners coming from throughout the U.S., Canada, Asia and Europe.

Gold Pinnacle Awards for 4th on Flagler

Best Promotional Poster

Best Hat

Best Money-Making Idea

Most Creative/Effective News Stunt

4TH 13_Poster



Gold Pinnacle Awards for Sand & Sea-Suns Greetings

Best Event (within an Existing Festival)

Best New Promotion Activity

Best Event In Existing Fest Cover Page


Gold Pinnacle Awards for West Palm Beach Green Market

Best T-Shirt Design

GM 13_MENS_Tshirt


Bronze Pinnacle Awards

Best T-Shirt Design – 4th on Flagler



Best Miscellaneous On-Site Décor

West Palm Beach Green Market, Lily Pulitzer Tribute

IFEA_Lilly Decor


The Sand and Sea-Sun’s greetings event introduced the world’s largest holiday tree sculpted entirely from 500 tons of sand. It was decorated with lights that put on a brilliant light show each night, changing color and highlighting this “Only in West Palm Beach” experience.

The month-long activities featured Santa arriving on a jet ski, a free performance of “The Voice” winner Cassadee Pope, and the ever popular Aqua Trolley which continues to give riders the unique feel they are indeed, under the sea.

4th on Flagler, one of the largest patriotic celebrations in South Florida, featured a theme around our founding fathers and a 40-foot-tall image of George Washington in the upstairs window of the Mandell Public Library made from 6000 post-it notes.

Most Creative Effective News Stunt Cover Page

Big George thrilled visitors and was surrounded by smaller post-it note patriotic pictures throughout downtown West Palm.

Our T-shirt and poster designs continue to win awards thanks to the graphic expertise of graphic designer Kellan Ives Marcum.

Special Kudos to everyone on the team including, Community Events Manager Mary Pinak, Events Coordinators Nicole Martin, Angela Poco, Laura Reines and Katrina Resch,  Event Specialist, Brittany Orlando, Administrative Assistant, Janet Collins and Parks and Recreation Director Christine Thrower.

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