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CHICAGO: The Chicago Advertising Federation hosted ad industry executives and government officials at the Chicago Athletic Association for a discussion of the role of diversity in advertising. Attendees included (l. to r.): Kay Granath, executive director, CAF; actor Jimmy Smits; and Liane Adduci, VP-director of corporate communications, Frankel & Co.

NEW YORK: Kicking off a 500-day countdown to Times Square 2000's celebration of the new millennium, representatives of marketers and the media joined Mayor Rudolph Giuliani (r.) in the square. Celebrants included (l. to r.): actress Lynn Murphy; Lisa B. Lampert, senior VP-Discover cardmember marketing, Novus Services; Jeffrey A. Straus, president, Countdown Entertainment; Gretchen Dykstra, president, Times Square Business Improvement District; and John Doherty, commissioner, New York City Department of Sanitation.

NEW YORK: Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau honored A&E with a Cable Advertising Award in recognition of outstanding cable network support of local ad sales efforts. Jerry Machovina, exec VP-ad sales at TCI (l.), presented the award to the A&E team, which included (l. to r.): Jeannine Doorley, local ad sales manager; Mark Mersky, VP-affiliate marketing; and Art Cunningham, affiliate sales rep.

NEW YORK: The Advertising Club of New York and the New York New Media Association hosted their annual Cybersplash cruise around New York Harbor aboard the Circle Line. Pictured savoring the sea air are (l. to r.): Sherry Reisner, program manager, NYNMA; Frank Dudley, chief creative officer, Viant; Alicia Marziali, VP-ad sales, Xoom; and Jami Kelmenson, assistant director, New York adclub.

TROY, MICH.: Petersen Cos.' Sport magazine celebrated an upcoming special issue themed around sports heroes at the Troy Sports Center. Among those attending were (l. to r.): Polly Perkins, president, Sport; David Ropes, director-corporate advertising and integrated marketing, Ford Motor Co.; Tony Semple of the National Football League's Detroit Lions; and former Miami Dolphins star Bob Griese.

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