Signature Events

AAF-Louisville Signature Events


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Spring Day at the Downs

Socialize with key contacts on Millionaire’s Row of Churchill Downs during Derby Week. AAF-Louisville reserves Millionaire’s Row 4 and a portion of Millionaire’s Row 6.

DATE: Annually on the 1st Wednesday of the Spring Meet / Derby week

ATTENDANCE: 1000+

AUDIENCE: Marketing professionals, Ad/PR agencies, media companies, C-suite executives

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Fall Day at the Downs

Socialize with key contacts on Millionaire’s Row during the fall meet at Churchill Downs. AAF-Louisville reserves Millionaire’s Row 4.

DATE: Annually on the 1st Wednesday in November

ATTENDANCE: 750+

AUDIENCE: Marketing professionals, Ad/PR agencies, media companies, C-suite executives

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ADDY Awards Gala

Forty plus year-old advertising award competition, the most formal and elegant of AAF-Louisville’s events.

DATE: Annually in late February or early March

ATTENDANCE: 200+

AUDIENCE: Marketing professionals, Ad/PR agencies, media companies, creative directors, C-suite executives, suppliers (printers, paper companies, etc.), students

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Louisvillian of the Year

This award is bestowed annually and selected by a jury of past recipients, which is headed up by the previous year’s recipient. It is presented at an AAF-Louisville event specifically designated for this award. The award, first given in 1950, publicly recognizes generous personal contributions to the life of the community in the areas of civic, educational or business progress in recent years. This award is for someone whose contribution is above and beyond the responsibility of his or her chosen profession.

DATE: Annually in September

ATTENDANCE: 150+

AUDIENCE: Local/regional business leaders, public officials, and key contacts from Louisvillian of the Year recipient

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Annual Awards Evening & Membership Meeting

Join us for our Annual Awards Evening & Membership Meeting. Each year we honor some of our amazing volunteers. Membership Awards include our Betty Stoner Award winner for outstanding volunteerism, the 5-Star Service Awards, and the Partnership Award. We also announce the results of the ever popular AAF-Louisville Hot 10 Awards, recognizing the 10 best and brightest advertising professionals under 32. We introduce our incoming officers, directors, and recognize the outstanding VP of the year with the President’s Star Award. The annual AAF-Louisville Education Foundation Scholarship winners are also announced.

DATE: Annually in June

ATTENDANCE: 150+

AUDIENCE: Marketing professionals, Ad/PR agencies, media companies, C-suite executives, junior-level employees

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Professional Development Series

Lunch and learn programs dedicated to a specific industry topic. Speakers are often from the local/regional market.

DATE: Held one Wednesday per month from January to October (10 programs)

ATTENDANCE: 30+

AUDIENCE: Typically more junior-level employees, media buyers, account executives, sales professionals, digital and creative team members

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