Winners Announced for Charleston AMA’s 2017 Spark! Awards

CHARLESTON, S.C.  – On March 9th the Charleston American Marketing Association hosted the 2017 Spark! Awards at the Harborside East Event Venue in Mount Pleasant. Each year, the Spark! Awards honor and celebrate local creatives for their work in the previous year.

Almost 150 marketers and honorees, sporting their best Mad Men-inspired attire, gathered for a cocktail hour and the awards ceremony, emceed by Travis Rice of News 2.

After a record number of submissions, finalists and winners were selected by Reno Tahoe AMA Chapter in Nevada, and 23 awards were presented to the winners. Blackbaud won three awards, including Best Event Marketing and Best Social Media Campaign, closely followed by Charleston Wine + Food, which won Best Print Ad and Best Facebook Presence.

Danielle Manopoli, a former Marketing Manager at Blackbaud, won the highly prestigious Marketer of the Year Award. Manopoli recently relocated to Georgia and currently serves as Marketing Manager at LexisNexis Risk Solutions, a leader in providing essential information to help customers across industry and government assess, predict and manage risk.

Charleston AMA’s Co-Director of Marketing & Communications Katie Biondo of Advantage Media Group|ForbesBooks received the 2017 Volunteer of the Year Award. Erin Danly, president of the chapter, presented her the award.

The official list of winners is as follows:

Best Print Ad

Charleston Wine + Food

2017 Campaign Ads


Best Illustration

Andrew Barton Design

100 Days of Worry


Best Promotional Video

The Brandon Agency

The Normal Brand Video


Best Logo Design

Chernoff Newman

Charleston Airport Logo


Best Direct Mail

Obviouslee Marketing

Charleston Parks Conservancy


Best Copywriting

JTE Marketing Group

Allison Ramsey Architects


Best Outdoor Signage

Trio Solutions

Sabal Homes, SQ FT Sequentials


Best Website

Town of Mount Pleasant

Experience Mount Pleasant


Best Collateral

The Gibbes Museum of Art

The Art of Porgy and Bess


Best Corporate Blog

Luxury Simplified

Luxury Simplified Blog


Best Corporate Identity Package


Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact


Best Commercial Photography

The Brandon Agency

Hook + Gaff


Best Book Cover

Berge Design

The Eyes Have It — Julie Allan


Best Event Marketing




Best Non-Traditional Marketing


Homeless Awareness Campaign


Best Public Relations

Touchpoint Communications

Charleston Fashion Week


Best Rebranding


Meadors Inc. Rebranding


Best Social Media Campaign


#TurnYourTuesday on #GivingTuesday


Best Facebook Presence 2017

Charleston Wine + Food

Charleston Wine + Food Facebook


Best Instagram Presence

Town of Mount Pleasant

ExperienceMP Instagram


Best Twitter Presence

H.A.F. Creative

Lowcountry AIDS Services


Volunteer of the Year

Katie Biondo


2017 Marketer of the Year

Danielle Manopoli

Sponsors for the event included Fox Audio Visual, Stan Foxworthy Photography, Nelson DMC, MIX, Katie Biondo Design, Redux Yoga, EventHaus, Thomas Heath Coaching, NCM, inMotion and Adams Outdoor Advertising.

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