I apologize for the manner of that remark, it was uncalled for. While I do not think much of skipping awards just for not placing how you wanted, it is not a required event and people obviously reserve the right to attend or not attend however they want to.
I do appreciate the recognition of both of their contributions, as I'm sure they do. This was Mary's last year, and she was more than upset that she wouldn't leave with another first place win.
Hardly stunned Mizel, my boss just walked in, so I had to minimize.