An awards show is a bit like a wedding – there is a lot of planning, logistics, stress and excitement involved for an event that is over in the blink of an eye.

I was on the Ad club board of director’s this past year which allowed me to get more involved in event planning, as well as network with some of the area’s best creatives.  Unfortunately I wasn’t able to make all the ad club’s events due to a hectic personal schedule but I was able to make the annual holiday “kegger” at Dave Jackson’s studio and I was able to make the big bash: the Addy award show.

The venue, The Outer Edge Stage, was really cool.  It had that cozy old church feel to it, but it was decorated in black which made it have the feel of an intimate concert hall.  I actually went out and bought a dapper black suit, tie and slacks – you know it’s a big deal if I spend some cash on new clothes. Each attendee was given their own personal chalk-board place mat and corresponding chalk to doodle with at their leisure. I was given a very endearing pen name by fellow ad clubber Matt Bero – Shitheel.  I was also the dumb ass who started the #chalksleeves hashtag…what can I say? – I’m an easy target…smh.

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The work that was judged was excellent and a lot of acrylic was handed out to diverse and deserving individuals and agencies.  The Green Bay/Fox Valley creative scene may not be New York or LA, but I like to think of it as “intimate“.  You can be creative where ever you live and work. Who gives a shit about how big or small your market is, right?

An awards show is a bit like a wedding – there is a lot of planning, logistics, stress and excitement involved for an event that is over in the blink of an eye.  A lot of people did a lot of hard work during the past 6 months to make this and other events happen without a hitch.

Truth be told I didn’t have much direct involvement in the planning for this particular event – so don’t send a bunch of bouquets my way.  I like to take satisfaction in showing up and experiencing the event with some good people, many of whom are listed below:

  • Amy Soquet
  • Jenny Harkness
  • Marissa Fish
  • Matt Bero
  • Erik Kielisch
  • Alison Suski
  • Julia Lloyd
  • Mike Turek
  • Dave Jackson
  • Angela Schumacher
  • Matt Vanden Boomen
  • Amy Kucksdorf

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