Vapouround magazine Special Issue 01 - Page 23

AWA R D S VAPOUROUND AWARDS CEREMONY REVIEW First Vapouround Magazine Awards Ceremony Hailed Huge Success The first ever Vapouround Magazine Awards Ceremony attracted many of the top industry leaders who enjoyed a glittering gala dinner at Birmingham’s NEC. In fact it was such a success that as news spread about the event at the Vaper Expo UK event the following weekend, people were inquiring how they could get tickets for next year’s ceremony. The NEC proved to be an ideal choice of venue and the ceremony itself was a great pre-show event as it was just days before the Vaper Expo itself which was also held at the same venue. Attendees were welcomed to the ceremony at a Champagne reception where they got a chance to mingle with other guests, strike up new friendships and catch up with people they already knew. The organisers wanted to ensure that this was not going to just be a local event as it was designed to recognise the worldwide vaping industry as a whole so it was great to see so many people from around the world. The ceremony itself took place in the Concourse Suite of the NEC where a packed program of entertainment was in place. As well as the ceremony itself, there was a gala dinner, charity auction, music and top class magic acts. Not only was this a night to remember for all who attended but it also raised a lot of money for two very worthwhile causes and some very desirable items were won at the auction. Hosts Chris Tucker from Villain Vapors and Ashley Hanson from Strawberry Queen were engaging, witty and charming and proved to be the perfect duo to keep the event running smoothly. Both were instant hits with the audience and really captured the feel of the event and set the tone for the entire evening we could not have asked for better hosts. While there was a ‘no vaping’ rule in place inside the Concourse Suite itself due to fire regulations, there was a huge vaping area in the bar just outside and this proved to be a very popular area for people to meet and socialise during scheduled breaks in the proceedings. Magician Nick Einhorn and his team were nothing short of amazing from start to finish. Table magicians provided close up magic tricks during the night while Nick did a special magic show from the main stage. Nick’s warm up trick was to produce a bottle of wine from a red balloon he blew up on stage and this (the wine not the balloon) was presented to one of the attendees as a surprise present. When he made one audience member’s watch appear inside a sealed tin of popcorn which had been locked inside a wooden box, the audience went wild. Nick was billed as the man who fooled Penn & Teller and he certainly lived up to his billing as a master magician and first class entertainer. Vapouround Magazine Editor Paul Caplin said: “Because this was the very first event I was a little apprehensive before the show but I was surprised how smoothly it all went. “This proved to be a fantastic industry night and it was great to see so many people from near and far turn out and really enjoy themselves. “It is great to bring together manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, retailers and bloggers in the one room enjoying the night. “I want to thank everyone who worked so hard to make the night the success it was and I especially want to thank everyone who supported the night and, of course, all 325 people who came along and were part of the first Vapouround Awards Ceremony.” Paul added: “Many congratulations to all those who won awards on the night and it was great to see many of the winning trophies on display at the Vaper Expo UK event a couple of days later. “Finally we raised more than £6,400 for our two charities - Nora’s Dream and Help for Heroes - and this was a tremendous effort from everyone who took part in the charity auction at the end of the night.” One attendee summed up the evening when she said: “When I go to a vape expo I don’t normally attend any of the pre-show events but I made an exception for this one and I am so glad I did. “Those who were not there really missed out on a great night. It is a mistake they will not want to make twice.” VAPOUROUND MAGAZINE USA 21