Abasolo wins top raffle prizes at ChicPUG Wrap Party


Tony Abasolo and ChicPug president Sue Lawson

THE 70-PLUS GUESTS at ChicPUG’s (Chicago Creative Pro Users Group) Wrap Party last week at the Metropolitan Club cheered lucky member Tony Abasolo when he won the two top raffle prizes valued at $3,100 and two additional prizes.

Abasolo, who is with Apple and a freelance editor, took home the Editors Retreat All Access Pass, valued at $1,900 and the TB ThunderBay 4 RAID 6, a $1,200 value. He also won an AddMotion and a Color Finale Pro.

Computer training school Future Concepts Media donated the Editors Retreat prize and OWC, the online store for Mac upgrades and accessories, provided the RAID.

Most of the Wrap Party raffle prizes, and those for monthly meetings, were contributed by ChicPUG’s generous sponsors, notes ChicPUG past president and board member Fred Pfeifer of the Manford Group.

Another lucky winner was Mary Ann Sochacki, who scored the coveted $2,000 MacBook Pro, a ChicPUG raffle donation.

Multiple prize winners were members Sharon Zurek, Dave Logan, Jim Courtney, John Stringer, Cliff Groast, Jim Stinger, Matt Bertram and Brian Kaempen.

“Our Wrap Party is similar to our monthly meetings, except that we dress up for this event and offer more high-end raffle prizes,” was the way Pfeifer described the evening.

LAUGHLIN CONSTABLE’S Chicago and Milwaukee offices again won the “When Work Works” Award for its mentoring and training program that fosters learning among staff members at all levels.

The Milwaukee office has now won the award for eight consecutive years and the Chicago office for five consecutive years.

“We are very focused on continuing to be the best place to work in integrated marketing in the country by offering the best benefits, workplace facilities, learning opportunities and a culture others try to duplicate,” says Mat Lignel, CEO of Laughlin Constable.

The award is presented by the Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). It’s based on six evidence-based components that are linked with positive employee and employer outcomes, according to FWI.

OGILVY’S MORTON SALT VIDEO, “OK. Go: The One Moment” with music by OK Go that cleverly integrates Morton Salt and its “Walk Her Walk” charity initiative, was named one of Adweek’s 10 Best Commercials of 2016, coming in at #8.

Agency credits included ECD David Hernandez; ACD Kara Coyle; EP Gayle McCormick and senior producer Annie Larimer.

15 WINTER 2017 FILM CLASSES will be presented by Chicago Filmmakers from Jan. 11 through March 11. They encompass Digital Filmmaking, Producing, Directing, Cinematography & Lighting, Sound, Screenplay, Screenwriting, Developing the Documentary, plus Final Cut Pro X and Premiere Pro workshops.

Class size is limited. Tuition ranges from $130 to $380 for members. Class duration is mostly five or six weeks. Instructors are all well known in their respective fields.

ENTRIES ARE OPEN NOW through March 3 for the 53rd Chicago International Television Festival awards, March 21-23. Find submission rules here.

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