The Top 50 AAFTucson Awards Night! Come Celebrate!

American Advertising Federation Tucson & AD2



It’s time to celebrate the best!

The Top 50 AAFT Awards Night 2019

Celebrating the best creative in Southern Arizona.

Tuesday, February 12th, 5-9pm


Whistle Stop Depot, 127 W 5th St, Tucson, AZ 85705

Attention! Our Liquor License at the Rail Yard has unfortunately come down with a bad case of the flu and won't be able to make it to the Rail Yard.   Don't worry, the party is still on, now at the Whistle Stop Depot. Sorry for any inconvenience. The Whistle Stop Depot is an amazing venue with a great atmosphere. We’re sure we’ll all have a fun and eventful evening.



The Addy Awards are now the Top 50 AAFT Awards!  Come out to see the best creative Southern Arizona has to offer and see who will be in the Top 50, then join the fun as event attendees select the Best in Show Award!Come one, come all for a fun evening celebrating our industry!

Winner notifications will not be sent out this year. Winners will be announced at the awards event.

Pre-paid Admission: $35 per person, or $300 for 10 people

Online registration closes 2/11/19
At the Event: $40 per person


Your ticket includes: Entry into The Top 50 Awards, networking, appetizers and 1 drink ticket. Cash bar available.

Let’s celebrate our best, at the Top 50 AAFT Awards!


BE MORE Creative! BE MORE Involved!






Please join the American Advertising Federation Tucson as we celebrate our industry and honor those who advocate for our industry.

Date: May 17th, 2019
Time: Time: 6p-7p Cocktails, 7p-9p Program, 9p-11p music
Place: Casino Del Sol
Ticket Price: $85 each, $800 for a table of 10


Proceeds benefiting the Tucson Advertising Federation Education Foundation (TAFEF)

Coaches For Charity Kickoff Classic Meet and Greet with Randy Robbins and Ricky Hunley

Friday, August 10, 2018 7-10 pm at Union Public House/Reforma $20

This event helps raise money for High School Football Scholar/Athletes at Southern Arizona Schools. We will be giving away 8 scholarships at four high school games in two weeks.

Please share with the community, as we would like supporters to come meet Randy Robbins and Ricky Hunley. 

Foord, Drink, August and Autographs. Hope to see you there. Buy tickets at the door or in advance at

See News Release here.

Randy Robbins Poster

Coaches for Charity
P.O. Box 41021
Tucson, AZ 85717-1021
(520) 850-7058

AAF 2018 Chic Davis Memorial Award Goes to Steven Meckler, Photographer

TUCSON, Ariz. (May 2, 2018) – The American Advertising Federation (AAF) has selected AAF Tucson Board Member, Steven Meckler as the recipient of its 2018 Chic Davis Memorial Award. The national recognition will be officially presented at the AAF annual national conference ADMERICA, during the Salute to Achievers luncheon ceremony on Friday, June 8, 2018 at The Hilton Chicago in Illinois.

The Chic Davis Memorial Award was developed to honor Chic Davis, a long-time member of the AAF, whose years of service were committed to the success of the American Advertising Awards. The award is presented annually to one AAF member from a local market who has championed the American Advertising Awards and helped elevate the program’s image, financial success and awareness among entrants and members. The award recognizes their outstanding service to this important American Advertising Awards program.

Steven Meckler was born in Brooklyn, New York where his passion for photography began.  He attended the State University of New York at Stony Brook, earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in photography. His first job was as a medical photographer at Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital in New York.  In 1980, he moved to Tucson and established Meckler Photography. In addition to his commercial photography business, Steven has taught digital photography at Pima Community College, and workshops for high school photo students throughout the county. He has published two photo books, “Steven Meckler Photographs Tucson Artists” and “Vera: The Art and Life of an Icon”, which showcases the artwork of Vera Neumann.

Steven has been a strong advocate for the local advertising market for many years and has been a member of the American Advertising Federation Tucson Board of Directors since 1998. He has given support and mentorship to new generations of marketing professionals with his work on the Education Committee.

Steven was awarded the “Advertising Professional of the Year” by the AAFT in 2006. He was inducted into the Tucson Advertising Hall of Fame in 2014.

American Advertising Federation Tucson and Ad2 Tucson are comprised of over 300 local advertising and media professionals. Both clubs work to enhance the professional development of club members, while increasing recognition for the advertising industry and giving back to the local community.  They are local affiliates of the American Advertising Federation, a national organization that represents the advertising industry in its entirety.  For information on upcoming events or becoming a member, visit

The American Advertising Federation is the nation’s oldest national advertising trade association, and the only association representing all facets of the advertising industry: advertisers, agencies, media and suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AAF acts as the "Unifying Voice for Advertising." Its membership includes corporate members comprising some of the nation’s leading advertisers, advertising agencies, and media companies; a national network of more than 170 local federations, representing 40,000 advertising professionals, located in ad communities across the country; and more than 200 AAF college chapters, with over 6,500 student members.

Ad 2 Tucson Public Service Campaign - Call for Applications

Ad 2 Tucson is excited to begin their search for one nonprofit organization to receive the implementation of pro bono marketing and advertising strategies as a part of their 2018-2019 Public Service Campaign. Are you interested in the 2018-2019 Public Service Campaign for your nonprofit organization? Please fill out the following form to share more about your organization’s mission and how we can help!

2018-2019 Public Service Campaign Application

*Applications are due Friday, September 7, 2018 at 11:55pm.

Ad 2 Tucson will be holding interviews with three potential partners during September. Once the Public Service Campaign recipient has been chosen, Ad 2 Tucson will conduct research, develop a comprehensive campaign and generate assets in fall/winter 2018. This campaign is expected to launch at the beginning of 2019.


About the Ad 2 Public Service Campaign

The Ad 2 Tucson Public Service Campaign team is comprised of young professionals with experience in the fields of advertising, marketing, communications, graphic design and multi-media. Ad 2 Tucson looks forward to presenting the opportunities for fundraising and media placements in partnership with the American Advertising Federation Tucson that are available this year.

Call for Volunteers

Are you interested in helping out with the 2018-2019 Public Service Campaign? We’re looking for volunteers in all areas including: advertising, marketing, public relations, design, web, photography, video, etc.

With last year’s Public Service Campaign with Integrative Touch for Kids, we were able to implement $112,000 worth of services that varied from video to Google AdWords to media placement.

Participating in the public service campaign is a great resume builder, networking opportunity, excellent way to get involved with Ad 2 Tucson. However, our members all agree the most rewarding aspect is being able to impact our community. We look forward to meeting you! Please email to get involved.

Past Campaigns

Ad 2 Tucson is proud to continue giving back to our community after 10 years of service. Here are the past recipients of our Public Service Campaign.

2017-2018- Integrative Touch for Kids

2016-2017 - Youth On Their Own

2015-2016 - Make Way for Books

2014-2015 - Iskashitaa Refugee Network

2013-2014 - PACC Partners

2012-2013 - Pima Council on Aging

2011-2012 - JobPath

2010-2011 - BICAS and Skin Cancer Institute

2009-2010 - Angel Children’s Center

2008-2009 - Southern Arizona Network for Down Syndrome (SANDS)

2007-2008 - Literacy Volunteers of Tucson (LVT)

Tucson Advertising Federation Educational Foundation

AAF Tucson is a strong supporter of education and has endowed an educational fund to support young professionals entering our industry. Scholarships and internships are awarded annually to local students to support their education, promote partnerships with local companies and to encourage new emerging talent to become part of our local professional community.

The Tucson Advertising Federation Educational Foundation (TAFEF) was established as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization to oversee the educational endowment fund. You can support TAFEF and our next generation of advertising professionals with a tax deductible contribution. Contact us for more information.

The AAF Tucson Advertising Partnership Program

AAF Tucson has partnered with select nonprofit organizations since 2000 to promote them and their services to the community through multi-media public service advertising campaigns.  Our non-profit beneficiaries currently include the Tucson Children's Museum

The program is truly a community partnership and could not work without the support and generosity of our media partners. The results have been outstanding, with well over $5 million donated in advertising support. Our bilingual public service advertising campaign done for United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona was the largest PSA project ever conducted in Southern Arizona. Other participating non-profits have included the Girl Scouts of Southern ArizonaTu Nidito and the University of Arizona College of Science.

With the inception of the advertising partnership program, AAF Tucson created a sustaining Educational Endowment Fund. Scholarships have been awarded annually to Student Advertising Federation members of Southwest University of Visual Arts, The Art Institute of Tucson, Pima Community College and the University of Arizona. A Multicultural Advertising Education Scholarship has also been awarded annually. In 2013, a paid Internship Program was created to provide even greater benefits to AAF chapter students through paid industry related work experience.

AAF Tucson has received national recognition and been awarded for Public Service in the AAF National Club Achievement Competition for the program, which has also served as a model for other AAF chapters across the country. 

Our most sincere thanks goes to these members and local media companies who have participated in the AAF Tucson Advertising Partnership Program:

Arizona Daily Star
Biz Tucson
Bolchalk FReY Marketing
Cumulus Media
Cox Media
The DesertLeaf 
Film Creations
Godat Design
Good News Communications

KHRR Telemundo
Fox 11-KMSB / MyNet 18-KTTU

KUVE Univision
Labrecque Creative Sound
Lotus Communications
Madden Media
Scripps Broadcasting
Steven Meckler Photographer

Strongpoint Marketing
Tucson Local Media

Tucson Lifestyle Magazine


Entry Title: A Chair Named Clarity

Crown Chimp Productions

Gold ADDY® Award, Best of Show
Award Category: Digital Advertising - Video
Client: Allsteel/BMWDesignWorksUSA

Nickolas Duarte, director/executive producer
Drew Grubich, co-writer
Matthew King, editor
Oscar Rivera, director of photography
Chris Koval, talent
Fred Lux, talent
To-Ree-Nee Wolf, talent
Margoth Barrera-Murrin, producer
Lawannah Curry, talent
Jay Petersen, talent
Jason Huggins, voice over

Entry Title: Sprouts TV Commercial - Tulsa, OK

McFadden/Gavender Advertising

Gold ADDY® Award, Best Broadcast

Award Category: Outlets

Client: Sprouts Farmers Market

Thomas Haskin, Creative Director