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Inside the Event: What’s Up? Media's Best Of Party!

Jun 17, 2015 11:17AM ● By Becca Newell

It'll be a sea of Winners Tonight, Sailor's Delight at the 2015 Best of What's Up? Media Party on Thursday, June 25th at the Loews Annapolis Hotel.

Each year, readers submit thousands of ballots between January and February, covering 71 categories of winners. The Best Of Party is a celebration of those award recipients! It's slated to be THE party of the year -- trust us, you don't want to miss this!

Read on for details...

The Basics

Date: Thursday, June 25th

Time: 6 to 9 p.m.

Location: Loews Annapolis Hotel, located at 126 West Street in Annapolis


The Details

What can guests expect? Presented by MD Dermatology of Maryland and Severn Savings Bank, the Best Of party boasts food, drinks, dancing, entertainment, awards, prizes, and more! The evening begins on the red carpet outside of Loews Annapolis Hotel, where guests will have their photos taken amidst two gorgeous BMWs, courtesy of BMW of Annapolis, before making their way into the hotel to sample the finest cuisine and beverages throughout Annapolis and beyond. Members of the Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre, an outdoor community theatre set in the heart of our historic city, will entertainment guests before the awards presentation, led by What's Up? Media Publisher, Veronica Tovey.

Help out area nonprofit organizations by participating in the fantastic silent auction. With items ranging from a five-night stay at the Westin Resort & Spa in Cancun (with airfare for two!) to a Windows 7 Computer to a Fraxel Dual 1927 Laser Treatment at Nivika Medspa (along with a basket of services!), it's sure to start a bidding war! This year, our silent auction goes digital, so you can easily keep track of and updates your bids via your cell phone. Spend more time on the dance floor -- or feasting on the dozens of delectable culinary creations -- without having to revisit the auction table to outbid whoever's eyeing that tropical getaway you're after! To view a more comprehensive list of silent auction items, click here.

Don't forget to bring your dancing shoes, as the excitement continues into the evening with a local DJ spinning tunes on the dance floor. And the night doesn't end there... Join What's Up? Media at the official after-party at BAROAK, a new Belgian-American eatery, located within the hotel. 

Other sponsors of the evening include Loews Annapolis Hotel, Intrigue Design & Décor, Signs by Tomorrow, BMW of Annapolis, David Alexander Salon and Spa, Sandy Spring Bank, Perfect Pet Resort, Annapolis Office Products, Grand Rental Events, Event Pro, Tony J Photography, and Summer Garden Theater.

Food and drinks? It'll be difficult to go hungry with more than 30 of the best local restaurants offering samples of their finest culinary creations. From cream of crab soup and oysters on the half shell to chicken pad thai and yellow tomato and peach gazpacho with blackened shrimp, the mouthwatering menu has something for everyone! (Click here for a full list of participating restaurants.). And it wouldn't be a party without a drink or two! Not only will there be a full cash bar throughout the night, all guests receive one complimentary drink ticket for the beverage of their choice! Even better, Rams Head and RAR Brewing will be on site, handing out free samples!

What about parking? It's pretty simple -- self-parking at the hotel is $3, so no need to worry about finding a curbside spot! There's also a valet service available for $6. And if you're a VIP ticket holder, there's even better news: VIPs receive complimentary valet parking! (Not a VIP? See below for details!).

Are tickets still available? YES, you can still purchase tickets for the best party of the year! General admission tickets are $65 each in advance and $80 at the door. We even have VIP tickets available for $120 per person, which includes complimentary valet parking, unlimited drinks, access to the VIP room, and a VIP swag bag! Each year, the What's Up? Media Best Of Party sells out, so we recommend getting your tickets as soon as possible! Click here to buy yours now!

The dress code? With the theme "Winner's Tonight, Sailor's Delight," we're encouraging attendees to wear their best sailing whites! We're also asking guests to don their wildest sailing-themed sunhat for the chance to win $250 in cash!

Where do the proceeds go? Proceeds from the evening's silent auction will benefit several local nonprofit organizations: YWCA, Anne Arundel Medical Center, Friends of Anne Arundal County Animal Control, Maryland Theatre for the Performing Arts, South River Federation, and Chesapeake Bay Martime Museum.