Trinity Awards

About the awards

The Trinity Awards program began in 2011 as a way to recognize and honor our members. Then President, Lyn Graves, had a vision to produce a chapter event and awards program like no other as a “A Celebration of Our Members.” The first annual Trinity Awards received an overwhelming response and the gala proved to be one of the most talked about events of that year. The Trinity Awards program includes categories covering all aspects of event planning and management. The call for entries begins in January-April and the Trinity Awards Gala is held in June. 

Common Questions


The Awards Program

Who can enter?

Entries are open to all ILEA Raleigh Durham members in good standing on or before October 2016.

When is the call for entries?

The Call for Entries will be held January through April.

How are the entries judged?

Entries are blind-judged by a panel of ILEA members who are industry experts outside of the Triangle area.

Why should I enter the Trinity Awards?

Get recognized for your talents and hard work on your events! With over 21 categories to enter, ALL areas of our members’ expertise are honored and recognized. Share with your clients and prospects the honor of being named a winner within our prestigious local chapter, further setting your self apart from the competition. In addition, your name and title as a Trinity Award winner will be featured on the ILEA-RDU website.




How do I enter?

All entries are submitted via FTP, DropBox or email. Information, instructions and the application will be available when the Call for Entries is released.

Is there an entry fee?

Yes, there is a fee to enter. Please refer to the official Application / Call for Entries.

What is a team entry?

A team entry can be entered into one category when two (2) or more members were instrumental in the planning/execution of an event. Entrants can be from the same company or from separate companies; however, all must be ILEA members.

What are the categories?


Can I submit the same event into two different categories?

Yes, often the same event will be appropriate for more than one category.

What are the qualifying entry dates?

 Events submitted for the Trinity Awards must have occurred between January and December of the prior year. The 2017 Trinity Awards will honor member events produced/executed between January to December of 2016.



Esprit Awards

Can I submit my Trinity entry to the Esprit Awards?

Due to popular demand, the Trinity Awards entry process is no longer mirroring the Esprit Awards entry process. Many of our local members found the entry process to be difficult, time-consuming and overwhelming if they were not going to submit for an Esprit. Instead, the Trinity entry process stands on its own. Those who choose to enter for an Esprit are subject to those separate guidelines and policies for entry.


Trinity Gala

When is the gala?

The Trinity Gala will be held on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 along with the Board Recognition and Installation Ceremonies.

Can I be a sponsor of the gala?

As the largest meeting of the year, members who sponsor the Trinity Awards receive the highest visibility. The Trinity Committee relies on member sponsors for all aspects of the event. The Committee begins planning the gala in January and will determine their needs at that time. Please contact the Trinity Committee Chair for more information.

What is the attire?

Black tie attire is appropriate unless otherwise noted on the gala invitation.

For more information regarding the awards entry process, please contact Meridith Walters at

For information regarding the gala, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, please contact Trinity Awards Chairperson, Rick Bryda at