Monday, March 25, 2013

Inova's "The Gift Holding a Rose"

"The Gift Holding a Rose"

Inova is a not-for-profit healthcare system based in Northern Virginia that serves more than two million people each year from throughout the Washington, DC metro area and beyond. Governed by a volunteer board of community members, Inova has grown from one hospital in 1956 to a nationally recognized, comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient services and facilities, primary and specialty care physician practices, and health and wellness initiatives serving the Washington, DC, metro area.

Inova's comprehensive network of hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, emergency and urgent care centers, home health care, mental health and blood donor services, wellness classes and more, is conveniently located throughout the Washington area, providing lifetime continuity of excellent care for patients and their families.
"The Gift Holding a Crystal Ball"

Inova needed awards customized to represent their mission. The awards are presented yearly to their donors. The award chosen for their event was “The Gift.” This piece was originally designed with a figure holding a crystal faceted reflective ball. Inova loved the award but wanted the figure to hold a rose in order to have it more closely represent their ideals and mission. Inova also requested that we create a caduceus. We suggested that it be held by the “Appreciation” award figure. With the use of these two different custom pieces we were able to offer awards that uniquely suit the needs of their donor program.
"Appreciation Holding a Caduceus"

"Appreciation Holding a Star"

Monday, March 18, 2013

Children’s Miracle Network Hospital

Children's Miracle Network Hospital Award

Children’s Miracle Network Hospital's goal is to raise funds for children’s hospitals and to keep the funds in the community in which they were raised to help local children. The organization was founded in 1983 by Marie Osmond and her family, John Schneider, Mick Shannon, and Joe Lake. As of 2011, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4.3 billion—most of which is donated a dollar or two at a time. Its most recognizable symbol and greatest fundraising tool is its red and yellow Miracle Balloon icon.
Sketch for Original Children's Miracle Network Hospital Awards

MK Shannon Awards and Rewards specializes in the creation of awards that are crafted using a company's logo. That is what was done for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The logo provided to us was used all over North America as their symbol. This is the second rendition of the logo over the past several years. This project has been in place since 2007. The old logo is a familiar site in stores all over the nation where individuals donate a dollar or more and place their name on a paper balloon that is displayed on the wall of the store after each donation is made.
Original Version of Award for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

The more modern version from 2011 represents a more contemporary “balloon”. Once the company provided the new logo, it was just a matter of weeks before the new design was modeled, molded, and cast.

The awards were created to honor various donors each year.

Monday, March 11, 2013

A Special Award for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Program

CASA volunteers are ordinary people doing extraordinary work for abused, neglected and abandoned children in Contra Costa County, California.

Appointed by a judge in the dependency courts, a CASA volunteer speaks up for the best interests of a child in court. Many times the CASA volunteer may be the only consistent and caring adult presence in the life of a child in foster care.

This program has used MK Shannon Awards for over a decade. The piece they chose to use is part of a series of small sculptures designed to be placed in the “arms” of a sculpted award figure titled “Appreciation.” This award, to many, looks like a little “Oscar” but it is designed to hold a heart, a star, or a child figure. It can also be customized by having MK Shannon create “your company logo” in metal to be held by the figure.

The CASA program presents one award yearly to recognize a special volunteer.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Annual Award of Excellence for the Catering Industry

Fork and Spoon (18.5" High)

Catering Magazine has used MK Shannon Awards for over a decade. The award they selected was designed for another event company that is no longer using this award. The magazine's management team took advantage of the opportunity to use this award for their most prestigious event of the year.

In designing Fork and Spoon, MK felt a strong desire to create an award that represented food as art itself. She created a contemporary design in the graceful lines of the fork and spoon. The piece is meant to convey the power of wonder and elegance. Food engages so many facets of ourselves and this piece tries to convey that message. It is an annual award of excellence for the Catering Industry.