Suncoast chapter of American Advertising Federation to host 2024 awards ceremony on Feb. 24

Ringling College Sound Stages to be site of event

Image from the AAF Suncoast website

On Saturday, Feb. 24, the local chapter of the American Advertising Federation, known as AAF Suncoast, will host the 2024 Local American Advertising Awards, presented by the Ringling College of Art + Design Sound Stages, the chapter has announced.

“The American Advertising Awards, home of the ADDY® Award, is one of the industry’s largest creative competitions, attracting nearly 35,000 professional and student entries each year through competitions offered through local AAF chapters,” a news release explains. “Conducted annually by the American Advertising Federation (AAF), the local chapter phase is the first of a three-tier, national competition,” the release points out.

“Concurrently, all across the country, local entrants vie to win ADDY Awards — recognition as the very best in their markets,” the release continues. “At the second tier, local ADDY winners compete against winners from other local clubs in one of 15 district competitions. District ADDY winners are then forwarded to the third tier, the national stage of the American Advertising Awards,” the release adds.

This year’s theme for the Sarasota event is A Masquerade Party, the release says. Guests “are encouraged to dress in full glitz and glamor.”

“The area’s premier marketing and advertising specialists will be celebrated in a special awards ceremony” focused on creative projects produced by local professionals and students, the release notes.

A tour of the Ringling Sound Stages and a cocktail hour will begin at 6 p.m., with the main event curtain at 7:30 p.m., the release adds. “The After Party will follow the award presentation.”

Tickets are available at Members of AAF may purchase tickets for $77; non-member and guest tickets are priced at $120, and student pricing is $40, the release points out.

“The American Advertising Awards hosted by AAF Suncoast stand out as the paramount exhibition of creative talent in our community,” says AAF Suncoast President Selina Bostic in the release. “We invite all potential businesses, trades services, agencies, and members to join us for this year’s event and throughout 2024 in support of our local advertising industry.”

Area businesses and agencies are invited to support the 2024 ADDY Awards through sponsorship packages ranging from $375 to $3,000, the release continues. “These packages have various opportunities to be showcased not only at the awards ceremony, but at annual events and marketing materials. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, go to or contact Selina Bostic at

For information about the Sarasota/Bradenton chapter, visit