The 2010 Holiday Social was held on a blustery December 2nd at Co Co. Sala chocolate lounge and boutique in Washington, DC. A vibrant group of legal marketers and their guests crowded the intimate space to enjoy the warm-hued décor, wine and signature cocktails, and a delicious spread of hors d'oeuvres. Red-clad waitstaff made sure no guest's cup was empty and no plate was bare. Numerous rounds of chili chicken, crispy shrimp, and bacon-wrapped tenderloin morsels were followed by platters of decadent bite-sized artisanal chocolates. Of particular note were the "earl grey," "blackforest," and "co cojito" gems.
About an hour into the evening, current Chapter President Diana Kroner briefly interjected to thank this year's sponsors, the current Board, and everyone who helped make this past year such a great success. Sponsors were given a chance for remarks and were saluted with "Cheers!" from the jovial crowd. The evening also featured the first annual Your Honor Awards to celebrate Capital Chapter members who have made significant contributions to the legal marketing arena. The three awards were "Big Idea," "Member of the Year," and an inductee into the LMA Capital Chapter "Hall of Fame."
The "Big Idea" winner is presented to the chapter member who has brought their marketing efforts to the next level and whose actions can provide solutions that will help motivate colleagues facing similar challenges. The "Member of the Year" award recognizes the contributions of a chapter member who has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the growth and success of our chapter by furthering the goals of LMA. The "Hall of Fame" award is given to an individual who has made significant contributions to the legal marketing industry, the Capital Chapter and its members, and has consistently demonstrated the highest levels of experience and leadership.
This year's winners include:
- Big Idea Winner - Hellerman Baretz Communications
- Member of the Year - Denise Dewling, Marketing Director for Tydings & Rosenberg LLP and LMA Baltimore City Group Leader
- Hall of Fame Inductee - Norm Rubenstein, Positioning Strategist with the Zeughauser Group and past Chapter and National LMA president
Both the awards and social were a sweet success, thanks to the planning committee, bar sponsor Hellerman Baretz, and event sponsors PNC Bank and The Ritz Carlton, Key Biscayne. Many attendees remarked that it was the best holiday party in the past few years, and all agreed that it was lovely to leave the office on time and have fun with friends and peers alike. All are looking forward to a stellar 2011 season with the LMA Capital Chapter.
By Kristin McCants, Director of Marketing/Business Development at Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, L.L.P., for the November/December 2010 Issue of the Capital Ideas Newsletter