The 2017 NEXTies

March 24, 2017
7:00pm to 9:00pm
The Rio
1205 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

The NEXTies Return to the Rio on Friday March 24th at 6:30 PM!
Join Us for a Night Celebrating The Area’s Best and Brightest Doers!

Pull out the pearls & cufflinks and join us for an evening in honor of those in Santa Cruz County who inspire us to reach further and higher and inspire the community. This year’s annual award show, now in its 8th year, puts the spotlight on talent in industries from the arts and tech to fitness and food. See you on the red carpet!

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

The Food Lounge’s once monthly Night Market will come to feed us. Vendors include: My Mom’s MoleTanglewoodArtisan Hand FoodHanloh ฮัลโหล La Sofrita and more… (Food for purchase)

Hosted by Danielle Crook and DNA

Honorees announced this Wednesday at 1:00 on Event Santa Cruz Facebook live page or head over to the front of the Santa Cruz Wharf to watch the live announcement.

This years honorees are:
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: Warming Project
Mentor of the year: Keisha Frost
Innovative Business of the Year: Inboard
Innovator of the year: Nick 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

Early bird tickets are just $20. Regular price – $25. The week of – $30

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We have partnered with ReCRUZ ( to replace the single use plastic cup waste with reusable glassware at this event. BYOM or rent at the event (for free) one of the ReCRUZ’s mugs for your beer.

Thank you to our sponsors Ate3one,  The Impact Entrepreneur ShowSanta Cruz SignsBitframe MediaYellow BusSanta Cruz County Bank, GoodTimes and Erik’s DeliCafe

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