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AMA Houston's Crystal Awards Entries Due Wednesday, April 10th


April 9, 2013 - HOUSTON, TX

The American Marketing Association Houston Chapter's 27th Annual Crystal Awards entry deadline is on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 4:00 p.m., with a late deadline option of April 17, 2013 at a higher fee. Full information on entering and sponsoring, including an online entry form, are at www.crystalawards.org.

This year there are 60+ categories in which to enter, ranging from full marketing campaigns in B2B, B2C and nonprofit to specific projects such as branding, advertising, research, public relations, writing, graphic design, collateral, packaging, events, online and social media. A panel of distinguished marketing professionals from outside the Houston area will score entries to determine the finalists and winners, which will be announced at the Crystal Awards gala on May 23, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Houston. The gala evening includes a networking cocktail reception and viewing of the finalists' entries followed by seated dinner and entertainment. Last year's Crystal Awards set new records with an attendance of over 550.

A portion of the proceeds from the event supports AMA Houston Gives Back, the chapter's philanthropic arm that provides grants for qualified marketing related endeavors of local non-profit organizations, helping them to better serve their communities. Grant applications will be accepted online at http://amahouston.net/givesback through April 12, 2013. Last year the chapter awarded a record $15,000 in grants. The seven grant recipients, selected from a record 39 applications, were Bering Support Network, Child Builders, Dionysus Theatre, Friends of Texas Wildlife, Living Forward Alliance, Justice for Children, and The Rose.

Brookwoods Group is returning as Crystal Awards Presenting Sponsor. Platinum Sponsor is Saurage Marketing Research. Other key sponsors who have signed up so far include BrightSpot, Carbo, Weatherford, C-Ray Media, Inc. and SalesNexus. In-kind partners include Seebridge Media, Lone Star Exhibits, Starrt Marketing, Riot Creative Imaging, Nodus Solutions, Marketwired, Bullpen Marketing, and ExactTarget.

About AMA
AMA Houston is the area's premier professional marketing organization and the nation's largest AMA chapter. AMA Houston provides marketers the ability to remain competitive in today's business environment through networking events, special interest groups and real-world educational programs. Named Chapter of the Year six times in the last nine years by AMA's international headquarters, AMA Houston serves more than 1,100 members with diverse marketing expertise from a variety of industries. For information, visit www.amahouston.org.

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