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WICHITA, KAN.: The Ninth District of the American Advertising Federation held its Addy Awards ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Among those attending: Sonia Greteman, president, Greteman Group, and winner of the association's silver medal, and Ric Anello, exec VP-executive creative director, D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles, St. Louis.

SAN FRANCISCO: Strategy consultant Venture Strategy Group hosted a seminar called Build Brand Value CEO Forum at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel to discuss branding-building issue in the 21st century. Among those attending were (l. to r.): Harold Ruttenberg, CEO, Just for Feet; Robert Fisher, president, The Gap; Joanna Rees Gallanter, founder and managing director, Venture Strategy Group; Tom Christopher, president, Restoration Hardware; and Michael Lazarus, co-founder of equity firm Weston Presidio Capital.

WASHINGTON: Newsweek sponsored a reception at the Hilton Hotel prior to the recent White House Correspondents dinner. Among those dressed for the occasion (l. to r.): Laura Peters, advertising director, 3Com-Palm Computing; Gary Anderson, VP-sales marketing manager, American Suzuki Motor Corp., Shari Anderson; Richard Smith, chairman and editor in chief, Newsweek; Melanie Dillon; Mike Dillon, VP-accounts director, Asher & Partners; and Paul Andrews, Los Angeles advertising sales manager, Newsweek.

NEW YORK: Media First International toasted its sixth anniversary with a thank-you party for the media at Manhattan's Supper Club and entertainment by rock group America. Preparing to hoist a glass were (l. to r.): Richard Kostyra, president, MFI; Matthew Margo, VP-program practices, CBS-TV; Susan Dicker, manager, Davlyn Gallery of Art; and Rick Dow, VP-marketing programs and worldwide advertising, Northwest Airlines.

NEW YORK: Men's Health helped celebrate the Mets home opener with an afternoon of conversation, hot dogs and baseball at Shea Stadium. Cheering the home team on were (l. to r.): Pam Materna, VP, Y&R Advertising; Tom Bair, advertising director, Men's Health; Rich Schneider, VP-associate media director, Bates

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