Special Events

Judges' Report

Single Day

90 Entries

Gold Award

St. Catherine's School (VA) - Girls Innovate at St. Catherine's School


  • Girls Innovate was held at St. Catherine's School on October 9, 2015, in conjunction with the United Nation's International Day of the Girl and to celebrate the School's 125th anniversary. This unique program was a high-energy, girl-centered event that included dynamic women who are doing extraordinary work by combining their passions with technology. 

Wesleyan University (CT) - Wesleyan's Hamilton Event on Broadway


  • A Wesleyan-hosted showing on Broadway for alumni and others of the hit musical "Hamilton," intended to raise funds for financial aid, followed by an after-party.

Silver Awards

Lehigh University (PA) - Diner en Blanc and Brown - Lehigh University Sesquicentennial Student Event


  • 2015-2016 year marks the Sesquicentennial anniversary of Lehigh University. In order to celebrate and bring awareness to this important milestone, Lehigh planned "Diner en Blanc and Brown."

The University of Sydney (Australia) - The University of Sydney Raises the Bar

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  • The University of Sydney hosted the inaugural ‘Raising the Bar Sydney' in October, the first Australian event for this global initiative, following events held in New York, London, San Francisco and Hong Kong.

Bronze Awards

The University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong) - A Celebration of a New Community: The Inauguration of the Jockey Club


  • Student Village III and its four Residential Colleges The University of Hong Kong (HKU) held an inauguration ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Jockey Club Student Village III and its four residential colleges - Shun Hing College, Chi Sun College, Lap-Chee College and New College - on February 7, 2015.

University of California, Davis (CA) -  The Leadership Giving Society: A Special Evening of Gratitude


  • On November 6, 2015 UC Davis celebrated its inaugural "Special Evening of Gratitude" for the university's new Leadership Giving Society to honor the most loyal and generous supporters.


47 Entries

Gold Award

Hendrix College (AR) - Inauguration of Wiliiam M. Tsutsui and Alumni Weekend 2015


  • Hendrix College combined the inauguration of its 11th president, William M. Tsutsui, with Alumni Weekend to create a week of events that celebrated the heritage of Hendrix and the personality of the new president.

Silver Award

Sheridan College (Canada) - Sheridan College: "Three of Five"


  • Three of Five was a campaign to build excitement about Sheridan's Oscar-nominated alumni. Three of five films nominated for a 2015 Oscar for Best Animated Feature were directed by Sheridan graduates. Sheridan organized a series of initiatives from mid-January 2015 leading up to the Oscar Ceremony on February 22, 2015. Festivities included a series of on-campus events and a communications campaign aimed at our internal and external communities.

The Ohio State University (OH) - Brutus Buckeye 50th Celebration


  • The Brutus 50th Celebration efforts in 2015 centered around promoting the goodwill that Brutus Buckeye provides as an ambassador for the university, reconnecting with Brutus founders, organizations and alumni and raising funds to endow full-tuition scholarships for the students who serve as Brutus at Ohio State.

Bronze Awards

Case Western Reserve University (OH) - Case Western Reserve University Innovation Summit: Models of Innovation

  •  This inaugural event, held Oct. 26-28, 2015, brought more than 80 speakers and 500 attendees from around the country and the world to Case Western Reserve for a three-day exploration of how and why innovation thrives.

    University of Cambridge (United Kingdom) - Launch of Campaign for the University and Colleges of Cambridge 


    • Cambridge publically launched its £2bn campaign last October to an audience of donors, alumni and supporters. The launch had to achieve a number of objectives as an event - the key objective being to inspire giving.


    24 Entries

    Silver Award

    Case Western Reserve University (OH) - Violins of Hope Cleveland


    • The Violins of Hope Cleveland project was an unprecedented collaboration among seven leading Cleveland nonprofit partners, led by Case Western Reserve University, that joined together to educate and inspire with a series of programs influenced by a mission to preserve instruments connected to the Holocaust and a commitment to bring their stories and music to life. Played by Jewish prisoners in Nazi ghettos and concentration camps, the instruments have been collected, restored, and researched by Israeli master violin maker Amnon Weinstein over the course of two decades..

    Bronze Award

    Harcum College (PA) - Harcum College Centennial Celebration


    • The College planned and observed a year-long 100th anniversary celebration beginning on January 1, 2015. The celebration was a multi-faceted and layered endeavor that reached out to the entire Harcum community and to the wider world, that lifted up the College's past, celebrated its present, and illuminated its future.