MPI CRV Fire and Ice Gala Highlights Annual Awards and Record Breaking Auction


Congratulations to all the 2015 MPI CRV Award Winners and the new Board of Directors for 2015-2016, who celebrated at the recent Fire and Ice Gala held at The Riverview in Simsbury. A lovely setting in the ballroom highlighted specialty drinks, ice sculpture, silent and live auctions, photo booth, live DJ, open bar and a fantastic meal to celebrate the end of another successful year.


This year’s distinguished awards went to:

Planner of the Year

Amanda Cristina, LIMRA

Supplier of the Year

Maureen Huntley, The Riverview

Rising Star

Amanda Whitehead, UConn

Silver Platter

Mass Mutual Center

President’s Award

Andrea Novotny, Convention Nation


The new Board of Directors includes:

Kate Copeland, President

Lacee Colwell, President Elect

Erin Tierney, Immediate Past President

Amanda Whitehead, VP – Communications

Maureen Huntley, Director – Special Events

Jessica Shandor, VP – Education

Charles Drago, VP – Finance

Annamarie Greise, VP – Memberships

Cindy Panioto, VP – Strategic Alliances

Georgette Mercado, Director – Leadership Development


Capping off the fun filled evening, Martin Barletta of AFR performed his extraordinary auctioneering skills for the impressive list of hospitality items including travel and entertainment packages in Connecticut, Las Vegas, Arizona and New Orleans, to name a few. A new record was set for proceeds for the auctions. A wonderful way to end the evening!


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