With 138 Winners, this years ADCNJ Annual Awards Show was one of the largest in the history of the club. Normally, most awards shows are simply reading from a text, calling up the winners and are considered dull, but this year, our favorite comedian, Sarge, provided the spark and humor necessary to elevate our show to “memorable.” Harvey Hirsch, this year’s Show Chair and 2009 recipient of the Lew Kraut Award presented this year’s award to Rose Gonnella of Kean College.
With over 115 categories, Judges viewed over 478 entries to select the medal winners. Attendees were also feted with the Birchwood Manor’s delicious cuisine and, what is becoming a tradition at our shows, the raw bar, loaded with lobster tails.
Kean College, which won 7 medals for work created was also represented by their students who swept the Scholarship Awards and alumni.
Media Mix, a sponsor of our show, provided full video coverage and this year, Bob Suede provided music and mobile video for the many interviews performed by Sarge and Harvey.
This year, the ADCNJ started a tricky tray to raise more money for our educational activities.
Scholarships were offered by Smith Design for students majoring in package design, and by Nicklefish, for students involved in internet and website design.
An abbreviated video of this year’s show can be viewed here:
The ADCNJ wishes to acknowledge the following individuals and companies for their volunteering and support in producing this year’s show:
Neil Nathanson for bringing all of the wonderful 3D for the show and our new blog, Richard Albeen, for assisting in developing concepts, providing copy and editing, Keith Smerak, for all of the graphic work he and his team provided for the Call for Entries, certificates, awards, hang tags and placemat, Jeff Barcan and his team for all of the web page updates and email blasts, Joe Vargas and Chris Sebes of Media Mix for the lights, video, editing and video production facilities, Perry Mann and Shane Foubert of Mann & Co for providing the data merging and printing of our Call for Entries, Tony Costanzo and MindFire for providing the programming and email tracking support, Pat Hanley and her management team for making this whole show run smooth, Nancy Fisher for getting the judges to come out and judge our show, Laraine Blauvelt, for all of her time and diligence in keeping the other volunteers on schedule, Linda Lemos for making calls to get advertisers in our book, Robert Ryan for his constant support of our organization and this show, Ken Riola for designing and constructing the centerpieces, Bob Suede for providing the music and mobile video, Frank Peluso for his constant photographic support, Jenna Smith and our current Board of Directors, and most of all, Sarge who left the comfort of his Florida life to make our event so wonderful and memorable, again. The ADCNJ is indebted to you all.