The Nexties 2017

The NEXTies returned to the Rio Theatre on Friday. It was a night of celebrating Santa Cruz area’s best and brightest.

Guests pull out the pearls and cufflinks for an evening of honor those in Santa Cruz County who inspire us to reach further, higher and inspire the community. The 8th annual NEXTies award show put the spotlight on talent in industries from the arts and tech to entrepreneurship and food.

Music guest : The Coffis Brothers, Taylor Rae and McCoy Tyler Gurmin
Beer from New Bohemia Brewing Co

The Food Lounge’s once monthly Night Market came to feed us at the NEXTies. Vendors include: My Mom’s Mole, Tanglewood, Artisan Hand Food, Hanloh ฮัลโหล, La Sofrita and more…
Hosted by: DNA and Danielle Crook

This years honorees were:
Entrepreneur of the year: Sindy Hernandez de Cornejo
Musician of the year: Taylor Rae
Band of the year: The Coffis Brothers
Artist of the year: Irene O’Connell
Writer of the year: Lily Stoicheff
Give Back person of the year: Mariah Tanner & Natalie Anne Oliver
Foodie of the year: Elizabeth Birnbaum
New Business of the year: Cat & Cloud Coffee
Athlete of the year: Ryan Navaroli
Under 18 person of the year: Ashley Solis-Pavon (Community Agroecology Network)
Non-Profit of the year: The Warming Center Program
Mentor of the year: Keisha Griffis
Innovative Business of the Year: Inboard
Innovator of the year: Nicholas Halmos from Cityblooms
TECHie of the year: Gabriel Jesse Medina (From Digital NEST)
Green Business of the year: Khordz Handmade Mugs
Wildcard: Happily Ever Laughter

Presenters include: Mike Flynn, Nick Gallant, Austin Shaw, David Dennis, Eric Johnson, Annie Wolff Pautsch, Andrea Conklin Mollenauer, Humble Sea Brewing Co., Heather Putnam, Laurie Egan, Keri Waters, Doug Erickson, Digital NEST members, Tatiana Burdiak, Tutti Preston, Clare Hyde and many more…

Thee partnerish with ReCRUZ (reusesantacruz.org) replaced the single use plastic cup waste with reusable glassware at this event. It was BYOM or rent at the event (for free) one of the ReCRUZ’s mugs for your beer.

Thanks to these sponsors Ate3one, The Impact Entrepreneur Show, Santa Cruz Signs, Bitframe Media, Santa Cruz County Bank, Yellow Bus, GoodTimes and Erik’s DeliCafe

Photos- Yvonne Falk

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Yvonne Falk

About Yvonne Falk

I take photos, manage and do admin for Santa Cruz Waves. Event photography is my specialty. I am versatile and will also take nature, landscape, portraits, food, sports, and advertisement shots. I love what I do!



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