Community is at the true heart of this event! Held annually in the semi-rural town of Pukekohe, this event celebrates the hard yakka these local businesses put in to making Pukekohe the great place it is.
Supported and run by the Pukekohe Business Association (our client), local businesses have the opportunity to submit their application into a range of categories earlier in the year, and all finalists are invited to the inaugural Awards Dinner held in late July each year.
As the event has grown over the years and the heat of the competition has been turned up, so too has the expectations of the event. One of our teams’ annual challenges with this event is making, what you could say a blank monstrosity of a canvas, a venue fit for a formal awards dinner with 400 attendees all wrapped together with a sense of intimacy and overarching community!
Crackerjack Events takes this challenge in its stride and year-on-year we deliver an event that has a completely different look and feel to the last (with some help from our amazing suppliers!!). From Broadway to the Winter Gardens to delivering the event with a Classic Awards theme, every guest has a completely new experience each time.
Another component that is key to the success of this event (and many other award ceremonies we deliver) is giving the formal award ceremony the justice it deserves but also balancing this out with having a bit of fun with the guests and livening up the party a bit – after all, that is what the people want! Last year, in 2019 for example we brought in an MC who we’d only worked with months’ prior on a completely different style of event but knew as soon as we had seen him that he’d be able to nail this balance between formalities and fun. Although there was some nervousness from our client, they had full trust in us, and sure enough this performer NAILED IT! Even to say, they have guests asking for him back in 2020!
This event has become a landmark social and networking opportunity for the Pukekohe Business Community but it has also become one of Crackerjack Events much loved ones - It truly is a gem!