Summary by Scott Bartels
The 2016 WNY American Advertising Awards was truly a special night. Over 420 people from our local industry gathered on Friday, March 4 at Statler City in Downtown Buffalo for this year’s celebration. The theme presented by FARM was “Married to Your Work” which pays homage to the labor of love in advertising.
There are so many people to thank for putting another great show. It all starts with the chairs, April Brown (FARM), Sarah Dipofi (The Martin Group) and Christie Berardi (The Martin Group). They did a phenomenal job, planning the show since September and executing an event that everyone can be proud of! Well done and thank you once again.
Their supporting cast really helped bring the show to life. FARM’s own Greg Bauch was a huge hit kicking off the show with his catchy versions of popular songs such as ADDY (Happy), Route (Shout) and Sweet Headline (Sweet Caroline). Jon Koziol was the man behind the scenes, running the flawless production of the event. Lauren Cius and team compiled a beautiful hard cover show book. The entire team at FARM deserves a lot of credit and thanks for their dedication and work to bring this year’s show theme to life.
Of course you can’t have an awards show without winners. And here are the great achievements of the night:
Gelia was the big winner of the night, taking home the most ADDYs with 35 awards (17 Gold and 18 Silver). Crowley Webb received a total of 29 awards (4 Gold and 25 Sliver), Block Club was honored with 19 awards (7 Gold and 12 Silver), 15 Fingers took away 12 awards (5 Gold and 7 Silver), and dPost secured 10 awards (2 Gold and 8 Silver). Other award winners include:
- The Martin Group (1 Gold and 7 Silver)
- White Bicycle (5 Gold and 2 Silver)
- Quinlan (5 Gold and 1 Silver)
Best of Show
The whole night built up to the final award of the night, the Best of Show. This year’s winner was Block Club, picking up for their UNYTS, “Save Warren” TV spot.
Some very talented individuals were also honored with Special Awards. The 2016 recipients were:
- Edward J. Healy, Vice President of Marketing, Visit Buffalo Niagara – David I. Levy Communicator of the Year Award
This award was created to recognize outstanding achievement and service in the communications industry.
- John Paget, Paget Films – Alex Osborn Award for Creativity
Named in honor of Alex Osborn of Batten, Barton, Durstine & Osborn fame, this award recognizes individuals who, through outstanding creative achievements, have left an indelible mark on the Western New York creative community.
- Peter Burakowski, Director of Marketing, 43 North – The Odysseus Award
The Odysseus Award was established in 2011 by the Advertising Club of Buffalo to honor a client in the Western New York market (individual or group/department) who has used the discipline of strategic marketing and advertising in an extraordinary way.
- Charlie Fashana, Client Strategy Director, FARM Buffalo– Joe Crowley Award for Service
This award recognizes not only hard work, but also outstanding achievement in furthering the activities and interests of the club.
- Jillian Minderler, Graphic Designer, Quinlan & Company – Advertising Club of Buffalo Future Star Award
This award honors an outstanding young professional in the marketing and advertising field who has demonstrated great potential in his or her early years in the industry.
The Veritiv Creative Use of Paper Award
This year it was awarded once again to White Bicycle for their Charles A. Burchfield, “A Resounding Roar” LP Package for the Burchfield Penny Art Center and Righteous Babe Records. A special thanks to Jean Clemens from Veritiv for her continued support of the Ad Club and this award.
Best Show Book Ad Award
This year had a tie between BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York and Charles Waldorf Photography. Congrats to both!
College students were also included in the action. Taking home the Student Best of Show was Jessica Puskar of Villa Maria College for No. 2 Pencil Box. Megan Sweeney from Buffalo State College received 5 awards, 2 Gold and 3 silver. Students each taking home one Gold award include:
- Chelsea Turton, Damen College
- Grace Gruarin, Villa Maria College
Student Silver award winners include:
- Chad Hornberger, Buffalo State College
- Eric Hostetter, St. Bonaventure University
- Grace Gruarin, Villa Maria College
- Lucy Norton, Villa Maria College
- Rachel Surdi, St. Bonaveture Universtiy
- Samantha Lonczak, Villa Maria College
Thank You to Our Sponsors
The 2016 WNY American Advertising Award Show was sponsored by: Buffalo Limousine, Comfort Suites Downtown, WNED TV, Charles Waldorf Photography, Gateway Printing & Graphics, Inc., KC Kratt photography, Big Ditch Brewing Company, IMG_INK, Veritiv, Cohber Press, Inc., Hodgins Engraving, Propellerhead Media, CJ Sound, Premier Sound, TOPS Friendly Markets, Orchard Fresh, Santoras Catering.
On to a bigger stage…
The Gold and Silver winners in both professional and student categories will have the opportunity to compete in the AAF District 2 American Advertising Awards with the hope of moving on to the national show in Anaheim in June.
Congratulations to all the winners and another successful year of work in WNY!