ADDY JAM Feb. 28 at the SeaGate Convention Centre was a gathering of creative minds. The eclectic group sipped spirits and nibbled finger foods as they perused the print awards and then sat for the electronic media display and program.
The local competition of the three tier national competition is conducted annually by the American Advertising Federation to recognize successful ad campaigns.
Best of Show and the Gold Addy Award were presented to Madhouse for the Manet: Portraying Life campaign for the Toledo Museum of Art.
Greg Shapiro of H.O.T. Printing & Graphics was presented with the 2013 Silver Medal Award to recognize his contributions to the advertising industry. Mr. Shapiro has led the company for more than 30 years to become one of the largest commercial printing and graphic services companies in northwest Ohio.
Other awards included the Judge's Choice & Gold ADDY Awards to Ulrich Pinciotti Design Group for Bumble Olive Oil Company; Interrupt Marketing for CertainTeed Ceilings, and Madhouse for Western Kentucky University.
The committee included chairman Suzette Kanarowski, co-chairman Michael Seay, and members Karen Hopkinson and Sara Young. A top sponsor was Treu House of Munch.
FRIENDS of Unison Behavioral Health Group hosted an intimate gathering "Red, White and You" Feb. 27 at the Middle Grounds Market in the historic Oliver House. Nearly 60 guests sampled presidential-themed wines while bidding on silent auction items. The event raised $3,000 to support Unison Behavioral Health Group's programming and services to individuals in the community who struggle with mental health and substance abuse disorders.
THE 25th anniversary dinner of the Coalition Of Black Trade Unionists was held recently at Westgate Ramada Inn. Emcee Gary Johnson greeted everyone and thanked event chairmen Cerssandra McPherson and Cheryl Tyler-Folsom.
Guest speaker Rev. Terrence L. Melvin, national president of the Black Trade Unionists and secretary-treasurer of the New York AFl-CIO, gave an inspiring speech.
Awardees were state Rep. Teresa Fedor (D., Toledo), political action; Jan Scotland, State Farm insurance agency owner, activist; and Andre Washington, field representative/special project coordinator for the Ohio Association of Public School Employees, trade unionism.
Seen were Micheal and Carolyn Alexander, Ray Wood, Yvonne Harper, Ron Rothenbuhler, Doug and Dawn Bailey, Phil Boles, Larry and Lucy Carr, Leonard Gillespie, Rodell Ramsey, and Steve and Anna Kowalik.
MAKING good on an auction package sold at the Art and Autism event held last summer at Barbara Steele's Perrysburg home were Tim Valko and Jim Moore, who sold two dinner packages to be at their Westmoreland home. The first of the dinners was held last week and it may have been a casual attire night but the menu was intense, all made by Dr. Valko and Mr. Moore: French onion soup dumplings, roasted pears, scallops and roasted portobello mushrooms in phyllo, cauliflower soup, fresh grape and champagne sorbet, marinated pork tenderloin with a dried cherry compote, corn pudding, roasted asparagus, and dessert: Chocolate buttermilk cake with a praline chocolate mousse, raspberries, and sauces. Of course, everything was paired with wine.