For the second year in a row, we won nine (9) gold industry awards, not to mention (well, yes, I'm going to mention it)
eight (8) silver and (7) bronze. I thought 14 (or maybe 15) tops this year, since last year was the really big one, with the Centennial and all. And instead we got 24!
I was blown away. charliemc
's in hog heaven because her e-newsletters won a gold, the website won a silver and the Christmas card she helped design won a gold. I'm pleased because the way we spun the whole duct tape debacle was recognized in both the best news stunt and best promotion categories. We also got best new event, which makes me feel a little more like my least favorite work of the year was worth it (a little, I said). And to top it all off, we ran the best educational program category!
We got another hit off our motion picture. This year it won a silver in the best full length TV program category, because we formatted it for TV and it ran in a two-hour time slot.
I haven't compulsively counted (yet), but I'm sure we outdid the Kentucky Derby Festival, the Tournament of Roses and all the other big boys. And considering we have to compete with Disney and we have a budget that doesn't even register on their Richter scale, we have plenty to feel proud of.
The headline of my press release is going to be "Festival Outperforms Phelps," and I'm going to play on the nine golds. Gotta do it. Maybe the local media will actually pick it up this year, even though they pretty much ignored the fact we won the top festival award last year.
ETA: Hey, that bit about out-doing the Derby Festival . . . uh, wrong
. They won 31 total awards and something like 14 gold. And they got my environmental gold away from me. Jeez.