Virtual Award Presentation
June 8, 2021 | 3:00pm ET

The Barton A. Cummings Gold Medal Award was established by the AAF's board of directors in 1994 to recognize distinguished individuals for their service to advertising through volunteer work with the AAF. It is AAF’s highest volunteer service award.

The award is named in honor of the late Bart Cummings, former Chief Executive Officer of Compton Advertising (now Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising), whose extraordinary career was dedicated to industry service and to advancing the social and economic values of advertising. Cummings' volunteer work included serving as Chair of the AAF, the 4As, the Ad Council, the Advertising Educational Foundation and The AAF Foundation. His many honors include induction to the Advertising Hall of Fame.

Presentation of the 2020 and 2021 Barton A. Cummings Gold Medal Award will be at the AAF's National Board of Directors meeting during ADMERICA 2021. 

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AAF announces Helen Lavelle as the 2020 recipient of the Barton A. Cummings Gold Medal Award! Read the press release. 

Due to COVID-19, we will be celebrating the 2020 recipient (Helen Lavelle) and 2021 recipient (coming soon) of the Barton A. Cummings Gold Medal Award at ADMERICA 2021.