Whether you were among the crowds venue hopping in downtown Scranton during First Friday, or you donned more formal attire to enjoy the annual ADDY awards at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Plains Twp., Friday night was an evening to celebrate art and talent throughout The 570.
We begin our flight in the beautiful Seasons Ballroom at Mohegan Sun where more than 100 people gathered for the 2012 American Advertising Awards, along with Lavelle Strategy Group’s Jessica Siegfried, president of the American Advertising Federation, Northeast Pennsylvania, and ADDY Award Co-Chairpersons Christa Vinciguerra, of Vinciguerra Creative, and Katrina Foster, of KKPR Marketing & Public Relations.
Among the big winners of the night was Thom Welby, who was named AAF Silver Medal Recipient. (Look for the billboards throughout Luzerne and Lackawanna County declaring he is “finally getting what he deserves” and congratulating Welby on his win!).
Additional winners included:
DeLuca Frigoletto Advertising, Inc. earned five gold ADDYs and seven silver ADDYs; Lavelle Strategy Group was awarded a gold ADDY and four silver ADDYs; Marywood University earned a silver ADDY, two gold student ADDYs and six silver student ADDYs; Ideaworks Food Marketing was awarded a gold ADDY and three silver ADDYs; Adams Outdoor Advertising earned a gold ADDY and a silver ADDY; Crow Designs earned a gold ADDY; Dan Simrell Advertising was awarded two silver ADDYs; Halibut Blue, LLC, was awarded two silver ADDYs; and Gingo! was awarded a silver ADDY.
Congratulations to all of the winners who capture the spirit of creativity in Northeastern Pennsylvania every day, and make it look effortless.
About 15 miles away in nearby Scranton, downtown was bustling with activity for First Friday. Throughout the night, we spotted plenty of familiar faces in all different venues, including Lindsay Barrasse, Marylou Chibirka, Markie Dennebaum, Jesse Vipond and Bridget Brown, Maura Calderone and Joe and Jimmy McGrath, just to name a few.
The fun continued at Stalter’s for a smashing ’80s party, where guests came all decked out in their favorite ’80s outfits. We saw big hair (and we loved it) and off-the-shoulder tees, ripped jeans, headbands, Raglan sleeves — oh yes! Alysia Scazafabo, Larry Hopkins, John Lamberton, Tom and Michele Graham, Eric Toffey, Lynsey Noel, Ryan Schofield, Kathleen Stanton, Alicia Grega, Maureen McGuigan, Morgan Evans, Andrea Talarico, Patrice Wilding, Nezka Pfeifer, David Falchek, Rosemary Gownley, Elizabeth Davis, Sheli McHugh, Erin Nissley, David Sartor, Lisa Zamcho, Rebecca Pasqualichio-Sitar, and DJ Conor McGuigan were among those who looked totally rad. For sure. Totally.

It’s OK if you came to the party without a costume, but we can’t guarantee that there weren’t three snotty girls in the corner scoffing at you like this: “Gag me with a spoon. Did you see their outfits?!” Now, we can’t confirm this, but there are rumors of another ’80s party in the works. So next time, bust out your hightops, stirrup pants, oversized sweaters and your “Frankie Says Relax” tee, OK?
After all this gallivanting, it was time to chill out and tune into one of our favorite college radio stations, Marywood University’s 91.7 vm/fm. You may recall that last week Justin Troutman, the station’s music director, and his colleagues were competing for a 2012 mtvU Woodie Award. Last week, they were hoping to land a spot in the Top 10 student-run radio stations in the country, as voted by listeners. We’re pleased to announce that they made it! The Marywood station is now a top contender for a 2012 mtvU Woodie Award. It is one of the smallest college or university stations to earn a slot in the Top 10.
If you want to help them win this title, there’s still time to cast your vote. Just visit www.mtvu.com/music to cast your vote for Marywood University’s 91.7 vm/fm by March 9. Good luck to the 91.7 vm/fm crew.
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