Franklin Event 2011 Award Recipients Announced

NEW YORK—March 23, 2011—The Printing Industries Alliance Franklin Event Committee announced the recipients of its 2011 Power of Communications Awards. The program, established in 1971, provides industry recognition to individuals who have demonstrated positive influence and creative excellence in their designated area of graphic communications. The 2011 winners are:

• printing: Michael Graff, president & CEO, Sandy Alexander, Clifton, NJ;

• publishing: Laura Reid, vice president, production, Hearst Magazines, New York; and

• retail advertising: Rita Little, vice president, marketing, Bed Bath & Beyond, Farmingdale, NY.

The recipient of the prestigious Franklin Award for Distinguished Service—the industry’s highest honor—will be announced shortly. Open nominations for Zenger Medal candidates will be accepted from all metro-area industry professionals until April 1, with the named recipient announced shortly thereafter. Criteria and forms are accessible at

The popular Franklin Event, which has been held for more than half a century, is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 5:30-10:00 p.m. at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan.

“Early bird” discounted pricing is in effect until June 15 for firms wishing to sponsor the gala. Platinum sponsorships (reserved table of 10), normally $5,000, are $4,000. Gold sponsorships (reserved table of five), normally $2,500 are $2,000. Individual tickets are $350 each.

Sponsors receive prominent visibility throughout the association’s extensive pre-/post-event print/electronic/social media campaign, Website roster, printed program, table and venue signage. Final deadline for sponsorships is Sept. 2. Interested parties may contact PIA Vice President Vicki Keenan at vkeenan@PIAlliance or (908) 233-4124.

About The Franklin Event

The Franklin Event recognizes individuals making a significant contribution to society and/or the graphic communications industry. Individuals are chosen for recognition by the Franklin Event Committee based on their accomplishments, irrespective of outside factors such as political affiliation and social status. Net Franklin proceeds have been designated to support the educational goals of metro NY/NJ students desiring a career in the graphic communications industry and are not used for administrative, legislative or other unrelated purposes. For further information on scholarship opportunities, contact Printing Industries Alliance.

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