Austin Ad Fed Hosts Big Wigs Horror Show

Costume event honors un-sung heroes of advertising community

(Austin, TX, October 20, 2009) Getting into the ghoulish groove, the Austin Advertising Federation is hosting the “Big Wigs Horror Show” at The Mercury Hall 6-9pm on Wednesday, October 28, 2009, to honor the vendors and support services that make Austin the nation’s top creative hotbed of definitely un-dead talent.

Now in its lucky 13th year, Big Wigs is Ad Fed’s entertaining annual event recognizing the unsung heroes of the creative community– like printers, web coders or media buyers– without whom ad campaigns would never see the light of day.

“Austin agencies produce brilliant, internationally competitive work,” says new Austin Ad Fed President Kevin Cassis, also CEO of The Whitely Printing Co. “And a large part of the credit goes to the tremendous pool of professionals who turn ideas into reality every day.”

The “come as you aren’t” show will be emceed by the popular KAMX 94.7FM morning show duo JB and Sandy, with special prizes for best costume.

“Austin has such a vibrant advertising and marketing community, and celebrating those behind- the-scenes shows our support and respect for their outstanding contributions,” says Big Wigs Chairperson Cynthia McGuineas.

Big Wig awards include categories such as Best Talent Agency, Educator of the Year, Best Printer Rep, Best TV Rep, and the coveted Silver Service Award. The evening is capped by the Ad Person of the Year Award, previously won by McGarrah Jesse’s David Kampa, T3’s Gay Gaddis, and Olive Design’s Kyla Kanz. Nominations are submitted by industry professionals, and then voted on by the ad community.

The evening includes a silent auction, with media donations such as air time from Entercom and Univision, ad space from The Austin Business Journal, and billboards from Reagan National Advertising; video production by AMS Pictures; media training by Driven PR, fine art pieces, etc. Proceeds benefit the Austin Ad Fed scholarship fund, and purchases are tax deductible.

The historic (circa 1904) and uber-cool Mercury Hall ( at 615 Cardinal Lane is at the corner of South 1stStreet, between W. Ben White and Oltorf.Tickets are available at, $25/professional$20/students. (Appetizers included. Cash bar.)

This industry event is made possible in part by the generous contributions from Capital Printing Co., Clampitt Paper, Entercom, Olmstead Kirk, Thompson Litho Supply and The Whitley Company, as well as donated and/or discounted services from Premiere Party Central, Twin Liquors, Rock N’ Roll Rentals, Suzanne Court Catering and A+ Student Staffing.


The Austin Advertising Federation’s mission is to support the city’s wide-ranging marketing and creative community as a positive force in the Central Texas economy and culture, and to promote the city’s stature in the highly competitive national advertising community. The Austin Ad Fed is the only professional association that binds the mutual interests of advertisers, advertising & PR agencies, media companies, suppliers, and academia. For more information, please visit

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