Continuing with the tradition of saluting our ESSENCE Festival sponsors, the 2013 ESSENCE Festival Sponsor Awards Dinner on October 9th was an evening of celebration, music and surprises. Our 2013 Sponsor Award winners were recognized for their partnership, innovative engagement and community initiatives. From the Festival Fan Favorite to the 2013 Sponsor of the Year Award, we honored all our partners who helped make the 2013 Festival the biggest and brightest in our 19 year history!Join us as we congratulate our 2013 ESSENCE Festival Sponsor Award winners and gear up for the 20th Anniversary of the Festival in New Orleans July 3-6, 2014!
ESSENCE Festival Sponsor Awards
Liv Warfield performs
Up & Coming Artist Liv Warfield kicks off the Awards Reception with her sultry sounds.
Partners mingle at our intimate Sponsor Awards Dinner reception at the Vermillion in NYC.
L.R. Emil Wilbekin, Editor-At-Large, and R&B Soultresses Bridget Kelly, Sevyn Streeter and Liv Warfield
Michelle Ebanks, President ESSENCE Communications, welcomes our partners to the 2013 Sponsor Awards and helped kickoff the 20th Anniversary of the ESSENCE Festival.
ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief, Vanessa K. Bush gives attendees a sneak peek into the new ESSENCE editorial programs coming to life at the 2014 Festival.
Host Committee Acknowledgement
Joy Collins, ESSENCE's General Manager ackowledges and thanks the ESSENCE Festival Host Committee members from the State of Louisiana and the City of New Orleans.
Host Committee: State of Louisiana
Desiree W. Honore, CPA Undersecretary Office of the Lt. Governor
Host Committee: City of New Orleans
Judy Morse-Deputy Mayor, New Orleans.
Best Use of Innovative Technology Award Co-Winner: State Farm
L.R. Jocelyn Langevine, Associate Director of Digital Marketing- Essence.com, The Marketing Arm: Tiffany Moore, Account Supervisor, Kim Clark, Account Director, Ryan Heuser, Sr. Director Music Integration Chauncie Burton, Account Director-ESSENCE and Sheryl Leder, General Manager of Essence.com
Best Use of Innovative Technology Award Co-Winner: Verizon
L.R. Jocelyn Langevine, Associate Director of Digital Marketing-Essence.com, Sheryl Leder, General Manager of Essence.com, Multicultural Marketing-Verizon-Latasha Owens Hobdy, Janelle Taylor,and Kim Smith, Account Director-ESSENCE
Best 360 Degree Engagement Winner: COVERGIRL
Covergirl wins best 360 Degree Engagement Award for their execution of the Covergirl Superlounge curated by Janelle Monae
Best Year Long Strategy Award Winner: Walmart
L.R. Dana Baxter, Senior Director of Communications for ESSENCE, Sharonda L. Britton, Director, Marketing-Walmart, and Anika Grant, Associate Director of Sponsorship Sales-ESSENCE Festival
Most Effective Multi-Category Execution Award Winner: Coca-Cola
L.R. Melissa Mitchell, Director of AA Marketing-Coca Cola, and Anika Grant, Associate Director of Sponsorship Sales-ESSENCE Festival
Rookie of The Year Award Winner: MSNBC
L.R. Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC, and Michelle Ebanks, President of ESSENCE Communiations
Fan Favorite Award Winner: Ford Motor Company
L.R. Julia Serrels, Detroit Sales Manager-ESSENCE, and Chuck Morrison, EVP General Manager- Uniworld
Surprise Celebrity Presenter
Doug E. Fresh, was in the house to present the night's most coveted award, Sponsor Of the Year.
Sponsor of the Year Award Winner: McDonalds
L.R. Paul Johnson, Midwest Sales Director- ESSENCE, Michelle Ebanks, President, ESSENCE Communications, Doug E. Fresh, Rob Jackson, U.S. Marketing Director AACM- McDonalds, and Staci Bazzani, National Sponsorships Director-ESSENCE Festival
L.R. Michelle Ebanks, President, ESSENCE Communications, and Staci Bazzani, National Sponsorships Director-ESSENCE Festival "thank all of our 2013 sponsors and congratulate them on a record breaking year."
l.-r. Liv Warfield closes the evening with an electrifying encore performance of her new singles "Why Do You Lie" and "Catch Me If You Can".