May 28, 2008

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Advertising Excellence to Be Showcased at 2008 ADDY® Awards
Best of Show to Be Announced at AAF National Conference in Atlanta

WASHINGTON, D.C.—This June, the American Advertising Federation (AAF) will honor the exceptional work of the 2008 ADDY Award winners. The ADDY awards are the world's largest, and toughest advertising competition, presenting both professional and student advertising. This year's gala event will take place during the AAF National Conference 2008, June 8–10, in Atlanta, and will feature acclaimed comedian Don Riesen as the master of ceremonies.

The ADDY Awards showcase 75 categories of advertising, including the Student ADDY Awards, designed exclusively for college students. The ADDY program is unique among all advertising competitions in that it is comprised of three rigorous levels of judging beginning at the local club level, moving on to regional competitions and ultimately advancing to the national finals. With more than 60,000 entries annually, the ADDY Awards continue to demonstrate creative excellence from a wide range of advertisers and agencies.

This year, out of the 1,875 entries judged in the national competition, a total of 413 ADDY Awards were presented, including 157 Gold and 256 Silver ADDY Awards. Of the 2008 finalists, 1,605 were professional entries, resulting in 129 Gold and 209 Silver ADDYs. Out of the 270 student entries judged, 28 Gold ADDYs, 47 Silver ADDYs and 2 Special Judges Awards were given. The 2008 Best of Show winners in both the Student and Professional ADDY categories will be announced during the ADDY Awards Gala, Tuesday, June 10, at the AAF National Conference 2008 in Atlanta.

The ADDY entries were judged by a distinguished panel of top creative professionals, including:

  • David Angelo, chairman and COO, David & Goliath
  • David Banta, vice president and creative director, Hill, Holiday
  • Greg Bell, co-founder and co-creative director, Venables Bell & Partners, SF
  • Lauren Connolly, senior vice president and creative director, BBDO New York
  • Stephen Goldblatt, group creative director, Goodby, Silverstein & Partners
  • Mark Gross, group creative director, DDB Chicago
  • Kirk (Richard) Kirkpatrick, senior vice president and creative director, Bernstein-Rein
  • Pelle Sjoenell, creative director, BBH
  • Favio Ucedo, principle, creative director, Grupo Gallegos
  • Jim Wood, art director, Taxi NYC

For more information on the ADDY Awards, contact Joanne Schecter at or (202) 898-0089. Click here to view a complete list of 2008 ADDY winners.

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The American Advertising Federation (AAF), headquartered in Washington, D.C., acts as the "Unifying Voice for Advertising." The AAF is the oldest national advertising trade association, representing 50,000 professionals in the advertising industry. The AAF has a national network of 200 ad clubs located in ad communities across the country. Through its 215 college chapters, the AAF provides 6,500 advertising students with real-world case studies and recruitment connections to corporate America. The AAF also has 130 blue-chip corporate members that are advertisers, agencies and media companies, comprising the nation's leading brands and corporations. For more information, visit the AAF's Web site at