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Toy & Game Inventor of the Year Awards set ‘Magic of Play’ theme

Published on: November 12th, 2013

The Chicago Toy & Game Group will set the stage with a magical theme at the 2013 Toy & Game Inventor of the Year (TAGIE) Awards.tagies300

The sixth annual event, taking place on Friday, November 22, 2013, in Chicago, Illinois, will toast to the creative minds behind today’s most enjoyable playthings.

As the kick-off to 11th annual Chicago Toy & Game Fair weekend, the TAGIE Awards welcomes industry leaders to the historic Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier from 6-10pm for a cocktail hour, dinner, and the awards programme to honour the creators of top toys and games. Categories for nomination include Excellence in Electronic Toy or Game Design, Excellence in Game Design, Excellence in Toy Design, Rising Star Designer, and Young Inventor of the Year. Additionally, individuals selected by panel of experts will be recognised with awards for Excellence in Character Design, Excellence in Inventor Advocacy, Hassenfeld Family Humanitarian Award, In Memoriam, and Lifetime Achievement.

The sixth instalment of the TAGIE Awards will offer special performances and notable names. All-woman jazz quartet Valley of the Dolls, renowned for their soulful interpretations of pop music, will perform a special TAGIE Awards tune; penned by 2009 TAGIE Award winner Peggy Brown (Excellence in Game Design,) the song is a lyrical tribute to the 2013 nominees. Inventors Jim McCafferty, Mark Setteducati and John Railing will entertain guests with tricks and illusions in between the award presentations. And John Ratzenberger, popular voice actor known for his work in Pixar animations like Toy Story and Monsters University, will be making a special appearance to the stage. The evening will conclude with a surprise finale.

An anticipated highlight of the evening is the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award by Jeff Breslow to his colleague, Howard Morrison, co-founder of Big Monster Toys (BMT). Mr. Breslow earned the first ever TAGIE Lifetime Achievement Award for his efforts as one of the co-founders of BMT alongside Mr. Morrison. Mr. Morrison’s career in the toy industry spans more than three decades, including BMT, which accounts for the toys and games found in an estimated 70% of American households. In addition to his Lifetime Achievement Award, Howard celebrates the 35th anniversary of ‘Simon’, one of his most notable creations.

The event is sponsored by Hasbro (Presenting Sponsor), Global Toy News, Hassenfeld Family Initiatives, Joyce Johnson Designs, Mayfair Games, Oxford Games, The Playmakers, Toy Industry Association, and the Chicago Toy and Game Group. Tickets to the awards ceremony, which is also open to the public, require registration and can be purchased for $250.

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