GHF wins 16 Pinnacle Awards from IFEA

The International Festivals and Events Association awarded 16 Pinnacle Awards to Galveston Historical Foundation on September 15 at IFEA’s 55th annual convention in Saint Louis, September 15 through 17. IFEA gives the awards each year in recognition of excellence in event and organizational marketing and promotional product development. This is the largest number of Pinnacle awards GHF has won in a single year. In 2009, GHF won 11 IFEA awards.
GHF took seven top awards in its budget class in the worldwide competition. Gold awards went to GHF’s 2009 Dickens on The Strand 30-second television commercial; GHF’s 2010 “Going Green” Historic Homes Tour 30-second radio commercial; GHF’s new Facebook page (best social media site); GHF’s “Going Green” Historic Homes Tour catalog; GHF’s “Going Green” newspaper ad; GHF’s 2009 Victorian Bed Races at Dickens on The Strand (best new event within an existing festival); and GHF’s 2009 Rebirth 5K Race (best new event).
The IFEA honored GHF with six silver awards for the following: 2010 Battle of Galveston poster (best promotional poster); “Green Revival” Historic Homes Tour media relations campaign; “Dickens’ Dream” T-Shirt (best T-Shirt design); “Dickens’ Dream” Puzzle (best other merchandise); Visit Historic Galveston (best single display ad); and Historic Galveston Rebirth stationery and envelopes (best company image pieces).
The IFEA gave GHF three bronze awards in the following categories: best commemorative poster for its “Green Revival” Historic Homes tour poster of Eugene Aubrey watercolors; best single newspaper display ad for its “Dickens Dream” newspaper ad; and best single magazine display ad for its “Dickens Dream” magazine ad.
GHF staff members responsible for creating the award-winning promotional products were Clay Wade, events director; Jami Durham, events coordinator; Peggy Clark, events coordinator; Michael Bowery; events coordinator; Molly Dannenmaier, marketing and public relations director; David Canright, graphic designer and photographer; and Denise Alexander, director of museums and museum programs.
Freelancer John Rice produced the gold-winning television commercial. Volunteers Bob Ford and Vandy Anderson produced the gold-winning radio commercial and the gold TV audio track.
Galveston Historical Foundation, the second-largest local historic preservation organization in the U.S., preserves and revitalizes the architectural, cultural and maritime heritage of Galveston Island for the education and enrichment of all. For complete information about GHF’s programs, events, attractions, and stewardship activities, visit

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