DSI Annual Awards Dinner

Celebrating 26 years of our neighborhood and the people who make it special.

5:00 – 6:00 pm VIP Pre-Party for Corporate & Business Tables at President Abraham Lincoln Hotel

5:30 – 6:30 pm Reception for all guests at BOS Center

6:30 – 8:15 pm Banquet & Recognitions for all guests at BOS Center

* fabulous meal prepared by Chef Jeffrey Davis from the President Abraham Lincoln Springfield – a Doubletree by Hilton Hotel
*2018 Downtown Awards for Excellence
*Mayor Jim Langfelder’s annual State of the Downtown Address

Online ticket sales end midnight, January 16, 2019. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. 

REFUND POLICY: 
Nov. 6 – Dec. 31 – Full refund MINUS $10 processing fee
January 1 – 15 – 50% refund, but ticket is transferable
After January 15 – NO Refund, but ticket is transferable

Here are the prices:

Individual Tickets

Early Bird (11/12-1/2) $85

Late Bird (1/3-1/16) $95

This ticket type includes: Reception | Dinner & Awards | Dessert Reception

 

Business Table (10 Seats)

Early Bird (11/12-1/2) $700

Late Bird (1/3-1/16) $800

This ticket type includes: V.I.P. Pre-Party | Dinner & Awards | Dessert Reception | Reserved seating in preferred location | Per ticket discount

 

Corporate Table (10 seats)

Early Bird (11/12-1/2)  $1500

Late Bird (1/3-1/16) $1700

This ticket type includes: V.I.P. Pre-Party | Dinner & Awards | Dessert Reception | Reserved seating in prime location | Per ticket discount | Recognition as an event partner in the program book | Logo included in scrolling PowerPoint | Table handout

Nominate an individual or business for a 2019 award>

Purchase your tickets>

 

2017 Best of Downtown Awards

On January 25, DSI celebrated its 25th anniversary as a business organization representing the interests and vision of a strong downtown neighborhood. That included 18 years of annual awards celebrating the most buzzworthy people and places of the year.

The 25th Annual Dinner was supported by premier sponsors Hanson Professional Services and President Abraham Lincoln Hotel a Doubletree by Hilton. It was the first time in DSI’s history that the dinner was held at the BOS Center. More than 550 guests were in attendance.

Visit our Facebook page to see more pictures from the evening>

Thanks to WSEC Public Television for taping the evening for broadcast:

Congrats to all of our 2017 recipients! 

2017 Best Signage
Tacology 101

2017 Impactful Public/Private Partnership
Artistic Parklet at 6th and Washington: Urban Sassafras and Capitol Area Realtors

2017 Best Event
The Parent Place’s Halloween Parade

2017 Best Retail
Springfield Vintage

2017 Best Restaurant
Long Nine Junction

2017 Best Nightlife
The Legacy Theater

2017 Best Creative Promotion
Willow & Birch’s Social Media Campaign “Countdown to Downtown”

2017 Innovative Business Concept
Hair of the Dog Bar/Bershop

2017 Best Not-for-Profit Initiative
District 186 Public School Foundation Bookfair Pop-up

Best Renovation
Loukinens’ on 4th

Best Holiday Window Display
Wild Rose

Green Leadership
Chris Nickell & Partners/Rooftop Solar Installations

Downtown Advocate
Erin Svendsen

DSI Volunteer of the Year
Dana Saal

Wally Henderson Lifetime Achievement
The Late Al Eck, Jr.

Guests were treated to aerial performances by Divas in the Air, and national recording act Fleekbass serving as the evening’s house band. Mayor Jim Langfelder gave the annual State of the Downtown address, focusing many of his remarks on his plans for the Y Block, including green space, areas for interactive experiences, and potentially – hopefully – a downtown higher education/innovation hub.

DSI Outgoing President Tony Comerio of Hanson Information Services passed the gavel to 2018 President Kevin Kuhn of Kuhn & Trello Consulting. The new 2018 Board of Directors was formally recognized for the first time.

For the 2017 awards, the public made nominations for every category except DSI Volunteer of the Year and Lifetime Achievement, which were selected by DSI Leadership. The nominations were all vetted by a DSI committee consisting of current members and Past Presidents of the organization.

 

DSI’s 25th Annual Dinner

Tickets are on sale now>

Ticket prices increase on January 16, 2018.

More than 500 of downtown Springfield’s biggest fans gather once a year to recognize buzzworthy neighbors and businesses who are keeping Springfield cool, hip & creative. Join us to support our ongoing and accelerating efforts to revitalize downtown!

Check out this year’s Best of Downtown nominees – winners are announced at the Dinner>

5-6 pm VIP Pre-Party for guests of Corporate & Business Tables at the Doubletree

5:30-6:30 pm Reception for individual ticket holders at the BOS Center

6:30-8:15 pm Banquet & Recognitions at the BOS Center including 2017 Downtown Awards for Excellence, entertainment by aerial performers Divas in the Air and house band FreekBass, with Mayor Langfelder’s State of the Downtown Address

8:15-9:30 pm Dessert Reception at the Doubletree to celebrate the 2017 Award Winners

Nominees for Downtown’s Best of 2017

Ace Sign and SAA shared an award for the Art Benches project for 2016. Who will win for 2017?

On January 25, Downtown Springfield Inc. will hold its 25th Annual Dinner–including awards recognizing the most buzzworthy people and places in downtown over the past year.

After a public nomination period which ended in November, the Awards Committee is thrilled to announce the 2017 nominees in each of the following categories. Award Committee Chair Jane Mosey-Nicoletta is a Past President and past Volunteer of the Year winner at DSI. “Thanks to everyone who weighed in on the nominees this year — we have a great mix of new and old favorites who people really root for,” said Mosey-Nicoletta.

The 2017 winners, along with Green Leadership Award winner, Downtown Advocate, DSI Volunteer of the Year and Wally Henderson Lifetime Achievement Award, will be announced during the Dinner.

This is DSI’s biggest fundraiser and party of the year to support our work to increase Volume (ie foot traffic), fill Vacancies, increase Vitality and create a shared Vision for downtown’s future. Get your tickets before the early bird deadline of January 16 to support our work in 2018 and to celebrate a year of growth and change in Springfield’s downtown district in 2017>

Look back at DSI Award History 2008-2016

Best Signage
The Roost
Springfield Vintage
Tacology 101

Impactful Public/Private Partnership
Sangamon CEO Program
SAA’s Paint the Street
Urban Sassafras Parklet with IL Realtors/CAR & City of Springfield

Best Downtown Event
DSI’s Friends of the Market Street Dinner
Fat Ass 5K
The Parent Place’s Halloween Parade

Best Retail
The Roost
Springfield Vintage
Urban Sassafras

Best Restaurant
Long Nine Junction
Maldaner’s
Tacology 101

Best Nightlife
Floyd’s Thirst Parlor
The Legacy Theater
Obed & Isaac’s Microbrewery

Innovative Business Concept
Hair of the Dog Bar/bershop
Urban Sassafras Take & Make Kits

People’s Choice Holiday Walks Window
Augie’s Front Burner
Murphy’s Loft
Wild Rose

Best Advocate
Brent Boesdorfer
Linda Renehan
Erin Svendsen

Best Renovation
Loukinen’s on Fourth
St. George Building

Best NFP Initiative
100+ Who Care
186 Foundation Pop-Up Bookstore
Central Baptist Feast of Plenty Thanksgiving Meal

Best Creative Promotion
Incredibly Delicious‘ Social Media Cake Campaigns
Urban Sassafras Girls’ Night Out
Willow & Birch‘s Countdown to Downtown

Celebrate 26 Years of DSI

Celebrating 26 years of our neighborhood and the people who make it special.

5:00 – 6:00 pm VIP Pre-Party for Corporate & Business Tables at President Abraham Lincoln Hotel

5:30 – 6:30 pm Reception for all guests at BOS Center

6:30 – 8:15 pm Banquet & Recognitions for all guests at BOS Center

* fabulous meal prepared by Chef Jeffrey Davis from the President Abraham Lincoln Springfield – a Doubletree by Hilton Hotel
*2018 Downtown Awards for Excellence
*Mayor Jim Langfelder’s annual State of the Downtown Address

Online ticket sales end midnight, January 16, 2019. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. 

REFUND POLICY: 
Nov. 6 – Dec. 31 – Full refund MINUS $10 processing fee
January 1 – 15 – 50% refund, but ticket is transferable
After January 15 – NO Refund, but ticket is transferable

Here are the prices:

Individual Tickets

Early Bird (11/12-1/2) $85

Late Bird (1/3-1/16) $95

This ticket type includes: Reception | Dinner & Awards | Dessert Reception

 

Business Table (10 Seats)

Early Bird (11/12-1/2) $700

Late Bird (1/3-1/16) $800

This ticket type includes: V.I.P. Pre-Party | Dinner & Awards | Dessert Reception | Reserved seating in preferred location | Per ticket discount

 

Corporate Table (10 seats)

Early Bird (11/12-1/2)  $1500

Late Bird (1/3-1/16) $1700

This ticket type includes: V.I.P. Pre-Party | Dinner & Awards | Dessert Reception | Reserved seating in prime location | Per ticket discount | Recognition as an event partner in the program book | Logo included in scrolling PowerPoint | Table handout

Nominate an individual or business for a 2019 award>

Purchase your tickets>

 

Tell Us Who Should Receive This Year’s DSI Awards

Every year, Downtown Springfield Inc. recognizes the business owners in the downtown area who are leading the way to a busy, friendly, bold, entertaining and coveted neighborhood.

This year’s Annual Dinner is actually the 25th celebration of the creation of DSI, the downtown business association that also is a nationally-accredited Main Street organization. Fittingly enough, we’re hosting it at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel a Doubletree by Hilton and the BOS Center on January 25, 2018. (25=25)

The first step in the nomination process comes from you. Log your suggestions using our online survey tool>

We’ll announce the winners at the Annual Dinner. Tickets will be available soon. This is one celebration you won’t want to miss! And it supports DSI’s work, so that’s a two-fer.

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