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Roswell, GA: Gillian Marto, Owner and Lead Designer for Gillian Marto: Events of a Lifetime, based in Roswell, Georgia, was named as the Atlanta Event Industry’s 2018 “Rising Star.” This honor is bestowed each year at the Allie Awards to an event planner who is nominated by his/her peers and recognized for innovation, leadership and impact in his/her professional associations and community at large. The spirit of the award is to recognize, encourage and inspire young event professionals to their greatest potential. Ms. Marto accepted her award saying it was a “Dream come true,” one that she has “had ever since she was a little girl growing up in Jamaica.” Ms. Marto also credited her planning partners who “enabled her to produce the special moments that result in an event of a lifetime.” The 2018 Allie Awards were held on March fourth at the Coca Cola Roxy Theater. In addition to receiving the Rising Star Award, Ms. Marto and her company won three additional Allie awards. The first was for a luxury wedding entitled “License to Thrill” held at the beautiful Cherokee Town & Country Club. The next two Allie Awards went to a new division of Events of a Lifetime that produces Corporate, Social, Charity and Medical Events. The company received Allies for the Best Tradeshow/Conference for the Intercontinental Hotel Group, and Best Corporate Event for JetSmarter’s Atlanta Introduction. Debra Hull, a Marketing and PR strategist, and specialist in medical, charity and corporate events, has joined Ms. Marto to expand the business in these areas. “What makes Events of a Lifetime such an asset in these arenas is that we bring a marketing mindset, branding expertise, and goals beyond just a creative event,” Ms. Hull explained. “With Events of a Lifetime, you achieve business goals, while enjoying a fabulous, unique event experience that Events of a Lifetime has become known for.” Ms. Marto and Ms. Hull can be reached at 770.595.9115 or online at

About the Allie Awards:

The Allie Awards is Atlanta's premier award ceremony recognizing and honoring outstanding examples of quality and creativity in Atlanta’s event industry. The awards demonstrate how working together for a common good can promote excellence in event design, planning and production. The birth of the Allies was in 1991 when a trusted board member of the Atlanta Chapters of both the National Association of Catering Executives (NACE) and the International Live Event Association (ILEA), brought forward his idea to both organizations and received their backing for the production. An awards committee was formed. The name “Allies” was selected to represent all “allied” event companies in Atlanta working together for a common good: to promote excellence in event design, planning and production. Today, 27 years later, the Atlanta Allies has grown into a huge production with 30+ awards and has also donated monies to charitable organizations in the Atlanta area. Several other ILEA Chapters in North America have modeled awards celebrations around the Allies, and following the success of these Chapter awards, the International ILEA Esprit Awards celebration now exists.

About Gillian Marto: Events of a Lifetime

Gillian Marto brings a background in Fashion Design and a well-travelled, creative spirit to Events of a Lifetime. She is an award-winning luxury wedding planner, and well-known for her expertise in destination planning in Jamaica, Greece, France and The Cayman Islands. She is a sought-after designer of multi-cultural wedding celebrations especially for the Indian and Lebanese communities. She is the current vice president of WIPA. Events of a Lifetime caters to discerning individuals, brands and organizations with a taste for luxury and an appreciation for highly customized service. The newest division of Events of a Lifetime is focused on award-winning experiences that accomplish the business goals of corporations, charities, and medical teams with style and branding finesse. With a team of dedicated and talented planners and an international network of event professionals, Events of a Lifetime is committed to making each event a masterpiece.