Tampa, Fla. ─ The Straz Center for the Performing Arts has been honored with two prestigious awards from the Tampa Bay National Association of Catering and Events (NACE).
The Straz Center fundraiser, the 2016 Broadway Ball, received the award for Event of the Year and Lainey Dunn, catering sales manager, received an award for Young Professional of the Year.
In addition, the Straz Center was nominated for Venue of the Year, Program of the Year, Member of the Year and Sponsor of the Year. The awards were presented at the recent Reality of NACE Chapter awards event in Tampa.
Maestro’s Catering offers complete banquet and catering service for weddings, luncheons, dinners, parties, receptions, meetings and seminars, surpassing expectations. In addition, the Straz Center is home to a coffee boutique and three restaurants: Steam Heat, Maestro’s Restaurant, Maestro’s Cafe and Maestro’s On The River.
NACE is the first non-profit national organization for caterers, event planners and event professionals that provides education, certification and a network of resources for members in all segments of the hospitality industry. NACE paves a clear career path for catering and event professionals that directly affects the way they do business and sets them apart as a professional in the hospitality industry.
The David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts and its programs are funded in part by the City of Tampa; the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners; the Tourist Development Council/Hillsborough County; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs;
and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. The 2016 Broadway Ball was presented by The MacKinnon Family Foundation