The Cliffs Event Team Receives National Awards of Excellence

50 Shades of Green golf tournament wins Event of the Year

TRAVELERS REST, S.C.The National Association for Catering and Events (NACE) recognized The Cliffs Event Team with two top honors during the NACE Experience! 2015 Conference and Expo held in Scottsdale, A.Z. NACE honored The Cliffs with the 2015 NACE Award for Best Team Event of the Year and the 2015 NACE Award for Best Social Event Production of the Year during the organization’s annual Awards Gala. Both awards recognized “50 Shades of Green”, The Cliffs at Glassy 2014 Ladies Member/Guest Golf Tournament.

Managing Partner of The Cliffs Clubs, David Sawyer, congratulated the events team members for their commitment to personal growth, spirit of competition and pride in their work and in The Cliffs.

“We are so proud of The Cliffs at Glassy team, led by Mary Painter and Tabatha Cantrell, for their tireless contributions to creating lifelong memories for our members and their guests,” Sawyer said. “The bar is raised even higher now, and we look forward to our future award-winning events at The Cliffs.”

The theme “50 Shades of Green” was incorporated throughout the entire three-day event. With golf being the primary event, the golf team incorporated various shades of green from the golf course to name each of the playing teams. These “50 Shades of Green” continued throughout every menu, designing décor, floral arrangements, linens, treats and activities. The “Greens from the Garden” luncheon was the perfect platform to showcase local farms, herbs and floral for centerpieces and present all the region has to offer through the farm to table movement. Snacks and on course comfort station daily were also well put together with thoughtful nods to the theme. Cold honey dew melon soup with artisan cheese and crackers served on the golf course received rave reviews.

During its Awards Gala on July 14, NACE recognized winners for excellence in exceeding the purpose, theme, goals, planning and execution of an event. The awards are split into industry and chapter awards with varying budget categories. The Awards Gala is held each year in conjunction with the Conference and Expo, which features networking opportunities, breakout sessions and award-winning national keynote speakers and immersion in Design Experience and Culinary Experience.

The Cliffs hosts a variety of events, including golf outings, weddings, corporate retreats, business meetings, and other special occasions. The Cliffs Event Team handles every event from the initial planning stages to day-of execution. If you are interested in hosting your next private event at one of The Cliffs’ seven communities, please contact the Event Sales Team at (855) 755-1443 or visit


About The Cliffs

The Cliffs is a collection of seven premier, private residential lifestyle communities located between two of America’s top cities for foodies – Greenville, SC and Asheville, NC – and ten minutes from Clemson, SC. Members of The Cliffs have access to all seven of The Cliffs’ clubs that, together, offer more than 50 restaurant and private event venues, including the Glassy Chapel, which sits over 3,000 feet in elevation. The Cliffs Private Event Team works with clients from the beginning planning phases to day-of event details. A team of highly experienced Executive Chefs, trained by Michelin Star and James Beard Award winners, provide members with distinctive dining experiences, including fresh and fascinating dishes made from seasonal, locally sourced ingredients, many of which are sourced from Broken Oak Organic Farm at The Cliffs. The culinary scene pairs with a featured beverage program including two Certified Wine Specialists and one Certified Sommelier. Learn more about The Cliffs’ Private Event team and experience online at Homes at The Cliffs range in price from $500,000 to $4 million+; homesites, from $150,000. Contact The Cliffs at 866.411.5771 or to arrange a Discovery Tour.

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