Friday, February 28, 2014

General Electric Aviation Custom Award by MKShannon

This custom award project involved the reproduction of a portion of a GE jet engine blade whose unique and innovative design is displayed at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. There is only one word to describe the elegance of this “blade”-- gorgeous! It was a joy for MK Shannon to recreate and experience this exquisite piece of work. The pewter blade is about a foot tall and very dynamic. A black patina was used to create a contrast that allows the beauty of the blade to exhibit itself sharply.

It took several weeks to complete the model. The base of the award was also designed by GE Aviation and then executed by MK Shannon Awards following specific directions provided by GE. The name plate is imprinted on clear Lucite and raised off the marble base with small aluminum standoffs to make it stand out.

GE Blade
As an award for engineers it is pretty extraordinary. The GE Blade is presented at GE's Annual Leadership Meeting.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

MK Shannon Awards Provides Children’s Miracle Network Awards in Canada!

In early December, Kari Martin of Children’s Miracle Network Awards, Canada, called to order the MIM awards to be presented to their top corporate partners for success in raising funds and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network in Canada for the year 2013. This will be the first year these awards have been presented in Canada. They have been presented in the United States for several years. The design is a more modern version of the previous logo of a hot air balloon. MK Shannon Awards provided the new awards after creating them in pewter. Children’s Miracle Network Awards, U.S. provided the artwork and MK Shannon created the piece in pewter for use by Children’s Miracle Network.

TD Bank Group received the 2013 award. Shown below are:

John Hartman, Chief Operating Officer Children’s Miracle Network, Canada
John Lauck, President and CEO Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Salt Lake City National Office
Tina Murphy, TD Bank Group, National Community Investment Manager
Ameera Virani, Account Director, Children’s Miracle Network

Children's Miracle Network Canada 2013 Award Recipient
Children's Miracle Network Hospitals is celebrating its 30-year anniversary! Since 1983, the organization has raised more than $4.7 billion—most of it $1 at a time—for 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada, which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of the mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.

You have probably given at Costco or some other retail store where your name has been placed on the “balloon” and posted for all to see. Please join us in supporting the efforts of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals by visiting their website

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Out & Equal Workplace Advocates Announced 2013 Outie Award Winners of Custom Awards Designed by MK Shannon Awards

MINNEAPOLIS, MN—November 4, 2013 Five silver ‘Outie’ statuettes were bestowed upon Outie Award winners while 2,200 attendees from around the world gathered at the 15th annual Out & Equal Workplace Summit in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Summit is the leading LGBT professional development conference, equipping attendees with the tools, resources and connections to create equitable and inclusive workplaces for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people.
The 2013 winners were Target, Lockheed Martin, The Dow Chemical Company, Cathy Bessant from Bank of America, and Kevin Jones. The winners were chosen from a competitive slate of nominees and voted on by an independent panel of experts from companies and nonprofits that set the standard for LGBT workplace equality.
The annual Outie Awards honor individuals and companies for their leadership in creating workplace cultures of inclusion and equity for the LGBT community.
Artist and designer of the Outie Award, MK Shannon, describes her sculpture as a single 11 inch figure that appears to run in a forward motion with the body stretched upward. The figure is reaching far above to hold an “exclamation point" as high as it can reach. The exclamation point is a symbol for Out & Equal. It is held by the figure like a torch, bringing light, truth and hope for equality for all people everywhere.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals "Excellence Award" by MK Shannon Awards

MK Shannon Awards and Rewards specializes in the reproduction of awards that are crafted using a company's logo. That is what was done for the Children’s Miracle Network. The logo provided to us is used all over North America as their symbol. The awards were created to honor various donors each year. This is the second rendition of the logo over the past several years. The more modern version from 2011 represents a more contemporary “balloon”. 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. The photo at right shows the “rough drawing” of the first model sculpted by MK Shannon for the Children’s Miracle Network Excellence Awards.

The second photo is of the finished award cast in pewter and mounted on marble.

The third photo (below) shows the Excellence Award, the updated version, cast in pewter and mounted on marble.

The organization decided to “modernize” their logo and needed an award that reflected their new image. Problem? Not with MK Shannon Awards. Once the company provided the new logo it was just a matter of weeks before the new design was sculpted, molded, and cast.The new image was created to their satisfaction and has been used for the past two years with great success.

Joan Beck, Executive Administrative Assistant for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in Salt Lake City, Utah says this about the awards and the individuals who receive them:
“Our Excellence Award is given to employees of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. They are a part of our hospital relations team and we give out this award every quarter. Our team votes for who they think had performed the best over the past quarter. These are some of our most current recipients!”

Here's a little background about Children's Miracle Network and its founders.