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2020 ADDY Awards Reception

Join us for a night of celebrating advertising excellence in Gainesville and Ocala!

The ADDY Awards Cocktail Reception will be presented by AAF Gainesville and TASTE Catering on February 21, 2020. Please join us for a night of celebrating advertising excellence in Gainesville and Ocala while enjoying heavy hors d’ouerves and beverages. A cash bar will be available all night long.

Please reserve your tickets as space is limited!

Get tickets here:

Member Luncheon Thur. May 17th

Join us Thursday May 17th for our Joint luncheon with FPRA.

Sweetwater Branch Inn 1130a 

AAF Members attend for Free     R.S.V.P. to

Speaker: John Rivers 4 Rivers Smokehouse

Retiring as president of a $1.5 billion dollar company, John Rivers left a career of twenty years in Healthcare to follow a lifelong dream of running a restaurant. In 2009 John opened his first concept, 4 Rivers Smokehouse, which quickly became one of the fastest growing restaurants in the southeast. With thirteen locations in Florida and one in Atlanta, the success and popularity of his 4 Rivers Smokehouse and his second concept, the Southern-inspired COOP, have garnered national recognition.

John has twice been honored to cook at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City and has enjoyed participating at the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival and the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival for the last 6 consecutive years.  He has appeared on numerous television shows and has been featured in national publications including Food & Wine, Bon Appetit,, USA Today, Cigar Aficionado, Business Insider, Cooking Light Magazine, and Paula Deen Magazine.  John also authored his first book, “The Southern Cowboy Cookbook”

A graduate of Florida State University College of Business, where he serves on the Board of Governors, John chairs the 4R Foundation and serves on the boards of numerous school, church, and charity organizations. He is the co-founder of two annual charity festivals: “Cows ‘n Cabs” in Winter Park, FL and “Pink & Swine” in Tallahassee, FL, and lives in Winter Park with his wife Monica and two children, Jared and Cameron.


All AAF Gainesville members in good standing may attend at no additional cost. 

Learn about joining AAF Gainesville.

Member Highlight – PHOS Creative


Congratulations to AAF Gainesville Member, PHOS Creative on winning a number of ADDYs at this year’s competition as well as a 4th District AAF Angel Award.

View the full winners video here.  

PHOS is a strategic digital marketing agency headquartered in Gainesville, Florida.  They are a team of passionate digital creatives helping businesses identify opportunities for growth through strategic consulting, branding, web design, SEO, and marketing.

Don’t forget your AAF Gainesville Membership is more than a local investment.   Benefits include representation at the  District and National Level of AAF.

AAF Gainesville Members Win District ADDY Awards










AAF Gainesville members were honored with numerous ADDY Awards at the AAF 4th District ADDY Awards Gala, Saturday April 14th in Orlando.  President, Nita Chester accepted awards on behalf of both Professional and Student winners.

Gold ADDY Awards:

  • Frankel Media Group Out of Home Campaign for Nextran Truck Centers “Nextran Interior Branding”

Student Gold – Marina Bezesky – Santa Fe College Digital Media “Contemporary Graphic Design Cover”

Silver ADDY Awards:

  • University of Florida Health – Regional / National TV Campaign “Problem Solving Care”
  • Frankel media Group –  Alachua County Local TV Campaign “Anti-Liter”
  • Exactech – Brochure “Truliant Knee System”

Student Silver ADDY Awards:

  • Ryan Jones UF College of Journalism “Better Stories”
  • Jessica Speckman Santa Fe College Digital Media “Thank You Box” and “Blue Bird Logo”
  • Caroline Staniski UF College of Journalism Design Workbook “The Third Space”


Congratulations to all the winners at the 4th District ADDY Awards.  A complete list of 4th District Winners will be posted soon.

Winners of the National Competition will be announced at the National ADDY Awards, June 8th in Chicago at the AAF National Conference.  


Annual Conference and ADDY Gala

Join AAF Gainesville at the AAF District Annual Conference April 13 – 15th in Orlando, FL .
Professional networking, speakers, and the District ADDY Gala celebrating ADDY winners from Florida and the Caribbean.
AAF Gainesville represented! 

A limited number of AAF Gainesville Members registration is included with the
AAF Gainesville Membership.
Registration includes conference speakers and of course the  ADDY Gala
with cocktail hour, seated dinner, open bar–and the ADDY Show.
Highlights also include awarding of the Jack Phillips Gold Medal and Governor’s Cup Volunteer of the Year.
Ticket link:

To register for the conference and hotel information, please click here.



BRAD HIGDON, EVP/Content & Activation
Sales Factory + Woodbine
Lessons from the Lizard: How to Stay Revolutionary

Brad shares his experience creating industry-shattering campaigns for the Geico brand and applies learning to help smart brands stay ahead.
ANDY JORISHIE, Managing Director, Bright Red\TBWA
Year of the Showdown: 2018 Consumer Trends Battle It Out

Andy explores the convergence of emerging consumer trends–man vs. machine, personalized vs. tribe–and their impact on brands.
ART HARDIE, Founder/Creative Director
Maven Creative

Advertising in the Era of Instant Engagement

Consumer demand is insatiable–and won’t be slowing down anytime soon. Art shares shrewd tactics to help your creativity keep pace.

Click to REGISTER for the Annual Conference and ADDY Gala


Public Service Advertising Competition


Are you an Angel ? Do you have a Public Service Campaign?
American Advertising Federation Fourth District’s
Angel Award Competition honors the very best in public service advertising. It combines two missions of the organization: to utilize industry expertise to address community issues, and to celebrate and honor advertising excellence.

Entry is open to all advertising service providers, public service organizations, and special interest causes and groups located in Florida and the Caribbean. No organization membership is required.

Showcase your creative work and message. Enter today! Deadline March 20th


It was great to see everyone at this year’s ADDY Gala show! We wanted to send out a quick note to say: Thank you for attending and thank you for entering your amazing work! You are a huge part of why our show is successful and why Gainesville creative market is on the rise! Hope to see you and your entries next year!

Silent Auction:
Thank you to our sponsors and for all the silent auction items.  With everyone’s support  AAF Gainesville raised $1,200 for Carson Springs Wildlife Foundation

Winning Entries:
Missed the show or want to see it all again?  View Here.

ADDY Gala Night Pictures:

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Forwarding your entries:
If you won a Gold ADDY Award, your award will automatically be forwarded to the District competition at no cost to you— you need to do nothing more on your Gold ADDY(s).


District ADDY Show: The District ADDY Show will take place in Orlando on April 14. It will include open bar, dinner, and of course the Award Show! More information and to purchase tickets in advance can be found here.

Silver ADDY winners may advance to the Regional ADDY competition by paying a forwarding fee. Email us by Thursday, February 22, to get your forwarding completed. The cut-off is 2:00 pm. If we do not hear from you by this time, we cannot forward your silver entry. No exceptions.

Cost to forward each entry for members: $75
Cost to forward each entry for non-members: $95
Cost to forward each entry for students: $10



Join us February 16th for the 2018 ADDY Awards at the Gainesville Woman’s Club.

RSVP by February 8 by emailing – Seating is limited!

Students $35
Individuals $50
Corporate Table $350 (8-person)

Heavy Hors d’ouevres • Cash Bar

Enjoy an entertaining and enlightening evening with “A Night in the Safari” to honor and support Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation. Our silent auction proceeds will all go to Carson Springs. Contact Nita Chester if you would like to donate an item to our auction by emailing her at



Welcome New Member

We are excited to announce a new member to AAF Gainesville!   PS Design

PS Design is a premiere Graphic design and Web design company located in Ocala – North Central Florida and has been serving our community since 2008. We specialize in providing complete, end-to-end graphic and website management.

Holiday Social

Join us Wednesday, December 13 for our annual Holiday Social.
Become a Guardian Angel! Adfed is collecting gifts for all ages for over 550 children in the court system in this circuit who have been abused, neglected or abandoned. Many children will not receive gifts without our help. Please bring unwrapped gifts to our Holiday Social so we can make those kids happy.

Where: The Depot Event Space, 201 SE Depot Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32601

RSVP direct to Anna Bouwens by December 8: