The International Prom Association's 8th annual Black Tie Gala and Retailers Choice Award program, held during International Prom Fashion Week market, presented awards of merit to reps, stores and manufacturers in 29 categories ranging from Prom Manufacturer of the Year to Breakout Retailer of the Year. This is hands down one of our favorite events of the year because it helps us to shine light on people who make our industry so amazing! The Gala supports the International Promise Foundation, which was created by IPA to address some of the most pressing issues facing teen communities, including supporting the teen family members of troops, helping to promote a safer atmosphere for learning in schools, or simply bringing attention to concerns that weigh on today’s teens. Gala night was full of super fun events! The awards presentation started the evening with both Ellie Wilde and Sherri Hill winning multiple awards. Alyce, Colette, Colors Dress, Jasz Couture, La Femme, Madison James, Morilee, and Rachcel Allan were also recognized. Social Media Excellence awards went to IPA retailer’s Pure Couture, Renaissance Bridals and Prom, and Whatchamacallit. Dress Galaxy from Dallas took the coveted Horizon Award, and The Ultimate received the Industry Impact Award. Michael Kasher of La Femme accepted Legendary Achievement in Manufacturing and Design, and Peter Grimes of Vows Magazine was awarded the Presidential Award. Congrats to all of these recipients and more- it is well deserved! Following the awards ceremony, everyone had some free time to test out their luck at the casino! To close out the night was the silent auction, and the prizes were amazing. Diamond necklaces, stunning watches, and even an ARod signed jersey were up for grabs! It was a wonderful night for the International Prom Association as well as the International Promise Foundation, and it could not have been done without our sponsors. A big ‘thank you’ to Alyce Paris, AmericasMart-Atlanta, Colette by Mon Cheri, Colors Dress, Ellie Wilde, International Prom Association, Jasz Couture, La Femme, Lore', Madison James, Rachel Allan, and Sherri Hill. Another ‘thank you’ to everyone in our industry who attended and celebrated another phenomenal year with us, we love you all!