Winterfest named Top 20 Festival & Event winner

Southeast Tourism Society has named Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade one of the STS Top 20 Events in the Southeast for December 2017.

This year’s Parade is December 9, 2017.  The STS Top 20 Festival and Event Awards have highlighted programs around the Southeast since 1985.

Travel industry experts select 20 events per month, and STS publicizes them throughout the United States. The complete list is published on two websites: Southeast Tourism Society and Travel Media Press Room.

December 9, 2017, Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade, Fort Lauderdale, FL, https://WinterfestParade.com/

The world’s most watched parade travels the Intracoastal waterways, 12 miles in Broward County from Fort Lauderdale, north to Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach. The parade hosts brightly embellished boats carrying celebrities, musical groups, beauty queens and other thrilling entries such as a floating Broadway barge. The theme for the parade is “Broadway on Parade.” The International Festival and Events Association named Winterfest to its top 20 Parades in the World. Come see why 1 million people come to watch this holiday spectacle every year!

“The Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Festival and Event list is an excellent guide for the Southeast’s visitors, residents and travel writers.  The events selected represent the best, and often most unique, activities in our region,” said Bill Hardman, president and CEO of the Southeast Tourism Society.

Events considered for the STS Top 20 recognition must be at least three years old and have attendance of at least 1,000.   The online nomination link and submission deadlines are available at SoutheastTourism.org or by calling 770-542-1523.

Winterfest announces ACR Electronics as the Safety Sponsor for Parade for the Third Year

Winterfest has announced ACR Electronics, Inc. is the official boating safety partner of the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade. The night time flotilla of brightly decorated yachts and boats started in 1971 and is now the world’s largest holiday boat parade. To date, the parade displays a variety of over 150 boats ranging from international and local celebrities to everyday mariners.

The parade takes place in Fort Lauderdale, FL the home of ACR Electronics’ international headquarters. ACR’s navigation products will be used to manage a safe flow of parade traffic on Saturday, December 9, 2017. This is third year that ACR staff will be in the control room monitoring the route from the New River to Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach. ACR Electronics is scheduled to once again have a vessel in the Parade.

Now in their 46th season, Winterfest is a not-for-profit organization providing the entire South Florida community and beyond with a tradition coined “The World’s Most Watched Boat Parade.” Loyal community partners make free Winterfest events, such as the internationally recognized Boat Parade and the free Family Fun Day, possible.

For more information please contact the Winterfest office at (954) 767-0686 or visit the website at www.WinterFestParade.com.

 

Winterfest Tightens Broadway Ties with Parade Theme Announced during Board Installation

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL 2017 – Winterfest announced the 46th Annual Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade theme of “Broadway on Parade” at their recent board turnover on the Sun Dream Yacht – Catalina. Winterfest, Inc., a Florida not-for-profit organization known for producing “The World’s Most Watched Boat Parade,” also inducted their 2017 / 2018 executive board and new board members.

The Catalina, docked along the Parade route, was the perfect setting for the new board installation and announcement of this year’s theme.  Past Chairman of the Board, Jim Dunn, Vice President of JM Lexus, handed over the gavel to Ben Wesley, External Affairs Manager for FPL.

“The 2017 / 2018 Winterfest Board has a fresh new direction,” said Lisa Scott-Founds, Winterfest President & CEO. “As we embark on our 46th Parade year, Winterfest continues to look for a twist of the unexpected. Many committees are already working on ideas with our Broadway theme for the Parade and other events during the Celebration. Winterfest is proud of our close relationship with Broadway Across America and it seemed fitting to showcase this relationship on the water.”

The Winterfest board of directors is composed of 50 business leaders who serve as spokespeople for this South Florida signature event. The new board installation will commence for a one year term.

2017 Officers include:

  • CHAIRMAN: Ben Wesley, FPL External Affairs Manager

  • CHAIR ELECT: Susan Renneisen, Vice President of Community Affairs, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

  • TREASURER: Ken Ortner, President, Kenneth A. Ortner, P.A.

  • CO-COUNSEL: Robyn Vines, Attorney at Gray Robinson Attorneys at Law

Johnny Williams, Managing Partner, ProMotion Sports & Entertainment, LLC

  • SECRETARY: Lisa Duke, CFO, Walter Duke + Partners

  • BOAT PARADE CHAIR / ASST. TREASURER: Mark Swenson, Vice President – Wealth Management, UBS Financial Services, Inc. – The Garvin Financial Team

New Board Members:

  • Kim Butler, Vice President Marketing Communications, Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors (photo not available)
  • Jason Cotter, Food and Beverage Director, Riverside Hotel (photo not available)
  • Harold Gubnitsky, CEO, ProcessMAP

  • Shira Kastan Goldstein, Associate Vice President Strategic Relations, University of Miami Health System

  • Tommy Knapp, Baseball to Business Program, Miami Marlins

  • Alex Parker, Senior Manager, Partnership Activation, Miami Dolphins (photo not available)
  • Kim Sweers, Managing Partner, FB Marine Group

  • Karla Thatcher, Director of Public Relations & Community Affairs, Hotwire Communications

New Advisory Members:

  • Michael Baer, Regional Sales Director, Edrington Americas

  • Kelty Heilman, Senior Programming Manager, Fox Sports Florida/Fox Sports Sun

  • Britt Lanier, Owner, Two Men and a Truck (photo not available)
  • Connie Loewenthal, Senior Account Executive, iHeartMedia (photo not available)

The involvement of this diverse board, enhances awareness of the Boat Parade and other Winterfest events in the community. For more information, photos and a complete list of Winterfest Board and Advisory Members, visit winterfestparade.com or call 954-767-0686.

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About Winterfest, Inc.

Winterfest is a Florida not-for-profit organization based in Broward County that produces a variety of events including the free public event known as the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade – “The World’s Most Watched Boat Parade.” Approximately one million spectators view the Parade on the 12-mile route along with millions more via television and the internet bringing National and International recognition to South Florida.  Winterfest also hosts annual events to enhance the community’s image and provide unique, wholesome family entertainment. For more information on Winterfest, please contact the office at (954) 767-0686 or their website: www.winterfestparade.com.

 

About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, located minutes from Fort Lauderdale’s world-famous beach, features a AAA Four Diamond resort with 469 luxury rooms and suites, award-winning restaurants, high-energy nightlife, a lagoon-style pool and Beach Club, a Hard Rock-inspired spa, and premium meeting and convention space. As South Florida’s premier entertainment destination, Seminole Hard Rock hosts top-name acts at its 5,500–seat Hard Rock Live concert arena and offers more than 100 table games, 2,000 of the most popular slots and a stand-alone poker room. Fine dining options include Council Oak Steaks & Seafood, the resort’s signature steakhouse, and Kuro, a luxe and socially vibrant restaurant offering new-style Japanese cuisine. The resort also features contemporary and casual eateries, including Blue Plate, the hotel’s 24-hour diner-inspired restaurant; Constant Grind, a gourmet coffee and pastry shop; and the ever-famous Hard Rock Cafe – Hollywood, part of Hard Rock’s 155 globally recognized rock ‘n’ roll restaurants.

For more information, call 954-327-ROCK or 800-937-0010, visit us online at www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com or follow us on Facebook: @SeminoleHardRockHollywood, Twitter: @HardRockHolly, Instagram: @HardRockHolly

Winterfest Listed in Top 100 Events

BizBash Selects Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade as One of Miami/South Florida’s Top 100 Events

Winterfest, Inc.  is acknowledged as one of the most powerful events making an impact in Miami/South Florida.

May 23,2017 — From galas and benefits, to entertainment, sporting events, and more, BizBash has announced its 2017 list of Top 100 Events in Miami/South Florida and has named Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade to this exclusive list. To select and rank these events, BizBash considers the event’s influence within the industry, in addition to innovation, reach, economic impact, and more.

Winterfest, Inc., which produces the Parade known as the “Greatest Show on H2O” and One of the Top Parades in the World, recently announced the theme for this 46th annual event “Broadway on Parade.” Set to sail along the Fort Lauderdale waterway on December 9, 2017, Winterfest will host 100 entries featuring the most spectacularly decorated mega yachts, barges, kayaks and privately owned vessels.

“So many high-profile events call Miami and South Florida home, and to choose the best from this diverse landscape is no easy task,” says Beth Kormanik, BizBash executive editor. “Today’s top events reflect a sharply honed sense of mission, thoughtful production, and engaged guests—factors that all contribute to their success.”

“Winterfest is honored to be recognized fourth out of 100 events by BizBash in all of South Florida. As the signature event of South Florida and the Greater Fort Lauderdale area during the Winter Holidays season,” added Lisa Scott-Founds, President & CEO, Winterfest, Inc. “Winterfest entertains over one million people watching along the waterway and millions more on television and online, this parade has something for everyone.”

From galas and benefits, to entertainment, sporting events, and more, BizBash has announced its 2017 list of Top 100 Events in Miami/South Florida and has named Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade to this exclusive list. To select and rank these events, BizBash considers the event’s influence within the industry, in addition to innovation, reach, economic impact, and more.

Winterfest, Inc., which produces the Parade known as the “Greatest Show on H2O” and One of the Top Parades in the World, recently announced the theme for this 46th annual event “Broadway on Parade.” Set to sail along the Fort Lauderdale waterway on December 9, 2017, Winterfest will host 100 entries featuring the most spectacularly decorated mega yachts, barges, kayaks and privately owned vessels.

“So many high-profile events call Miami and South Florida home, and to choose the best from this diverse landscape is no easy task,” says Beth Kormanik, BizBash executive editor. “Today’s top events reflect a sharply honed sense of mission, thoughtful production, and engaged guests—factors that all contribute to their success.”

“Winterfest is honored to be recognized fourth out of 100 events by BizBash in all of South Florida. As the signature event of South Florida and the Greater Fort Lauderdale area during the Winter Holidays season,” added Lisa Scott-Founds, President & CEO, Winterfest, Inc. “Winterfest entertains over one million people watching along the waterway and millions more on television and online, this parade has something for everyone.”

Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade and the rest of Miami/South Florida’s Top 100 Events list can be found at www.bizbash.com/top-100.

Winterfest Wins at FFEA

The Florida Festivals & Events Association (FFEA) presented Winterfest Inc. with eight awards during their 22nd annual convention and tradeshow in Orlando. The annual SUNsational Awards program recognizes members’ innovation, individuality and creative collaboration.
Winterfest, Inc. which produces the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade won the following awards:
TWO (2) – 1st Place for Brochure, Tickets and Invitations.
FIVE (5) – 2nd Place for Facebook promotions, Promotional Items, T-shirt and Poster.
ONE (1) – 3rd Place for Tickets.
Creative work by SMark Graphics, Wizards Creation along with artists Pat Anderson and Marcia Moore where highlighted during the 2015 Winterfest campaign.
For a complete list of winners, visit www.ffea.com/sunsational-awards.
For more information on Winterfest, visit winterfestparade.com or call 954-767- 0686.