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About Us

Founded in 2014, ACCOLADE Celebrations  produces a premier awards and recognition event, the Acts of Kindness Awards, in celebration of the Excellence in People.  Rewarding and recognizing the Excellence in People not only makes the person feel great, it promotes behavior that we expect from everyone.  In Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, one of the most valuable psychological needs we have as human beings is the need to be appreciated and respected.  People need to sense that they are valued by others and feel that they are making a contribution to the world.  Being nominated and selected for a recognition award can play a role in fulfilling this need. 

In an era where more attention is given to negative publicity and the ills of the world, ACCOLADE Celebrations understands the need and importance of setting special time aside to recognize and show appreciation for the good things people do. ACCOLADE Celebrations strives to meet this need, while especially focusing on workers in the service, public safety and health care industries, but also your average “Joe and Jane” who display Acts of Kindness.

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ACCOLADE Celebrations is owned by Wanda L. Adams.  Ms. Adams has covered all aspects of coordinating special events.  She has planned and facilitated executive-level meetings and produced special events representing a variety of themes.  Ms. Adams is a graduate from three prestigious universities and holds the following credentials, Certificate in Event Management from George Washington University, Master in Applied Behavior Science from Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Morgan State University. These credentials have equipped Ms. Adams to work effectively with people with various backgrounds and at all levels of an organization, from food service managers to create fabulous menus to in-house audiovisual services to provide sound.  She has built a database of contacts for many event support services, including graphic designers, florists, and entertainment providers. 

Simply put, ACCOLADE Celebrations strives to follow, in spirit and in deed, Philippians 4:8 – “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things” (NIV).

Wanda Adams is a member of the Recognition Professionals International (RPI) Association.