This year’s Franklin Awards, held Sept. 18 at Chelsea Piers, Pier 60, New York City, brought in record numbers, with almost 600 attendees. This was the first time the prestigious event was held under the authority of the Printing Industries Alliance.
The Franklin Award was first given out in 1952, and the Power of Communications Awards, also given out this night, were established in 1971. A new award this year was the Peter Zenger Medal, given to an individual in the industry who has “exhibited exemplary character in the form of selfless courage, charity, activism, or service.
The Franklin Award went to Martha Stewart, founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. The Power of Communications award for printing went to Lester Samuels, Pictorial Offset Corp.; the award for publishing went to David Orlin, Conde Nast Publications; and the award for advertising went to Michelle Unger, Grey New York.
The Zenger Medal was given to Betty Maul, FrontEnd Graphics, for her work with the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association (RSDSA).