HEA Gala Fetes NYC Hospitality Standouts, Honors Ray Kelly

Recipients receiving their awards
A wonderful night of fun, dance and dinner!

Following the Starbright Floral Design Sponsorship of the Hotel Excellence Awards and the Silver Plume Awards, MVP/NY sent out the following press release.  NOTE: To learn more about Starbright visit our website at www.starflor.com

New York (February 2, 2010): On February 1, 2010, MVP/NY hosted the 2009 Hotel Excellence Awards (HEA), the hospitality industry’s most prestigious awards, at the grand and luxurious Cipriani Wall Street. More than 500 guests and honorees gathered to recognize the hospitality industry’s service to New York City, which became the top domestic tourist destination in 2009. In addition to the Hotel Experience and Silver Plume Awards, which honor the top hotels and individuals (and the only industry awards sanctioned by the Hotel Association of New York City), New York City’s “top cop” Ray Kelly was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Hotel Experience Awards winners among hotels with 500 rooms or more were: The New York Palace Hotel for Best Concierge Service, The Westin New York at Times Square for Best Room Amenities, The Waldorf=Astoria for Best Hotel Restaurant, New York Marriott Marquis for Best Family-Friendly Hotel and Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers for Best Business Services. The Best Overall Hotel Experience award went to The Westin New York at Times Square. In the 500 rooms or less category, The Plaza won for Best Concierge Service, The St. Regis New York won for Best Room Amenities, The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park received the Best Hotel Restaurant award, Renaissance New York Hotel Times Square and Omni Berkshire Place tied for Best Family-Friendly Hotel, Millennium Broadway Hotel New York won for Best Business Services and The Plaza won for Best Overall Hotel Experience. In addition, the venerated Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.

Silver Plume Awards winners included David Moreno of Gramercy Park Hotel for Chef Concierge of the Year, while The Trump International Hotel & Tower New York had a big night with Loida Diaz taking home the Concierge of the Year award and Suzie Mills named Best Supporting Manager of the Year.

A hugely successful Silent Auction featuring over 100 donated items was held benefiting four charities: Les Clefs d’Or Foundation, the New York City Association of Hotel Concierges’ Charitable Fund, the Hotel Association of New York City Scholarship Fund and the ITM Hospitality Fund.

Composer Andrew Lippa joined cast members from the brand new Broadway production of THE ADDAMS FAMILY entertained the audience. Manhattan City Music provided music for the gala affair throughout the night.

The 2009 HEA was sponsored by Benjamin Steak House, BICE Ristorante, Bloomingdale’s, CityPass, CitySights NY, Deva Spa, Empire State Building, Harbor Experience Companies, Gray Line New York Sightseeing, John Barrett, Lalique, Loehmann’s, Madame Tussauds, Starbright Floral Design and Wempe Jewelers, and many others.

About MVP/NY

Morris Visitor Publications New York (MVP/NY) is a division of Morris Communications Company. MVP/NY’s market-leading visitor publications include IN New York and Where® New York magazines, QG: New York City’s QuickGuide, Where GuestBook® New York and IN New York Map. Reaching every segment of the visitor market—from leisure and family to business and luxury travel—MVP/NY products appear at more than 300 of New York’s most distinguished hotels, visitor centers and high-traffic attractions, private clubs, airports, on New York Water Taxi boats, Amtrak trains and Acela VIP lounges and in upscale corporate housing, generating an annual readership in excess of 34 million. For more information, log on to www.mvpny.net and www.innewyork.com.

The Begining is Always Rough…

Flat Bamboo Tray of Roses by Starbright Floral Design
Flat Bamboo Tray of Roses by Starbright

While I have written many times on many different blogs – The begining is always wierd! The first entry! What in the world do you write about? How do you keep one’s interest? How do you create the aura of a blog that is in widely read by many? You simply do not!

Actually what you do, is you hope nobody visits your blog posting until you have at least a dozen or so entries and this one is buried deep in the page – so far down that nobody will scroll that far and want to read the first entry. This is where I get the salvation for these random sensles thoughts that are currently occupying pixels on the screen.

Anyway – Welcome to our wonderful world of flowers. Starbright Floral Design is located in the heart of New York City’s Historic Flower District. We have been here for the past fifteen years and we are having the time of our lives!

Stick around. We are not professional writers, but we will keep your interest. In the pages that will follow, you will find random thoughts about arranging flowers, what is in season, gift protocol, how to buy flowers in the farmer’s markets and much-much more!

If you have a bit of free time, please visit our website at http://www.starflor.com. Here you will gain a much broader perspective on who we are and the type of work that we do. We look forward to hearing from you and making our conversations as interactive as possible.

Give us a call, drop us a line, visit our website or send us a smoke signal – know we love you!