It takes a whole year, dozens of people, and the help of the community to prepare, and present the Black Tie Excellence Awards.
Each nomination is individually reviewed by the nominations committee and each nominator is contacted to confirm the nomination. Committee members make 3 attempts to connect with the nominars.
After determining that all eligibility factors have been met, the committee conducts telephone interviewswith nominators, gathering more information as to why the nominee should receive an award. A strict set of questions, designed for each of the categories, is used to ensure nominees are considered equally.
A confidential points system narrows the field to the semi-finalists.
The semi-finalists are interviewed in person, by a team of two interviewers. Again a specific set of questions is used, in conjunction with the points system. The results are tabulated by an independent auditor. The finalists are announced 4 - 6 weeks before the Awards Banquet, and the winners names are kept secure and secret until the night of the Awards.
There are three finalists in each of the categories. One winner in each category will receive the award.
The Black Tie Awards are Saturday April 13, 2013 at the Travelodge Duncan. Tickets go on sale Feb. 25/13. Finalists receive special certificates of recognition, and a Black Tie Excellence lapel pin. Winners in each category are also honored with distinctive trophies. Dignitaries, peers, and the press attend to honor these outstanding individuals.