Activities and Events

Adcrafest – Our annual golf outing attracts more than 300 golfers and dinner guests to the private Detroit Golf Club every summer.

April Foolishness – Adcraft's unofficial kickoff to spring, it's not only a great party and networking opportunity, but also a silent auction for hard goods, tough-to-get tickets, and opportunities to spend quality time in informal settings with leaders of the Detroit advertising community and much, much more.

Oktoberfest – One of Adcraft’s biggest parties of the year, Oktoberfest features an overflow crowd, plenty of camaraderie, great German food and, of course, the occasional adult beverage!

The D Show – Coordinated by The D Council, a committee of the Adcraft Club, The D Show is an annual celebration of Detroit’s creative spirit, recognizing the “best of the best” of our work over the past year.

Bowling – The Adcraft Bowling League was founded in 1924 and today has more than 100 members. It’s a co-ed league, and it doesn’t matter if your average is 100 or 200 - each team gets a handicap to level the playing field. Each team consists of seven men and women, but only five bowl each week, which allows for rotating so that everybody gets a night off. Interested in having more fun than is typically allowed under Michigan law? The league begins in September and continues through April.For more information or to join the fun, contact League President Paul Gross, paulg@wdiv.com.

Adcraft PM

The Adcraft PM Committee coordinates many social and civic events directed toward, but not exclusive to, the young members of the Club and students. These informal networking opportunities for young Adcrafters and students usually take place in the evening after business hours. Adcraft members get to attend all of the PM events for free or at a discounted rate.

American Advertising Federation

Through Adcraft’s affiliation with the American Advertising Federation (AAF), membership benefits are increased as all Adcraft members automatically become members of the AAF. Visit the AAF website for more information and a complete list of AAF member benefits.

Adcraft Publications

Adcraft publishes a website as well as a bi-weekly trade publication, Adcrafter, in both print and electronic formats. Adcrafter reports on Detroit-oriented advertising news and Adcraft Club activities. Both include our Clearing House, a listing of advertising industry events, which we use to help prevent the scheduling of two similar events at the same time. Our website and the Adcrafter provide suppliers of advertising materials or services with an opportunity to target sales messages to top-level decision-makers here in Detroit. Advertising rates and material requirements.

Other Related Publications

Advertising Age – Save 25% on your Advertising Age subscription. The AAF member price on renewals and new subscriptions is only $74, a $25 savings off the published subscription price of $99. Call 1.888.288.5900, ask for Advertising Age circulation and identify yourself as an AAF member to take advantage of the discount.

ADWEEK – Adcrafters can get a subscription to ADWEEK for the special rate of $85 – 43% off the standard rate. Add BRANDWEEK or MEDIAWEEK to your subscription and pay just $149 – a 50% discount. The member price on renewals is only $129 -- $20 savings off the regular renewal rate. Call the Adcraft office at 313.872.7850 and we'll supply you with the discount code, then subscribe by calling 1.800.562.2706 or email aszabo@vnubuspubs.com.

Crain’s – Adcrafters can get a subscription or renewal to Crain’s Detroit Business for the special rate of $39 – that’s $20 off the regular subscription rate. (This rate is good only in Michigan.) Email us your request or call the Adcraft office at 313.872.7850 and we’ll provide the discount code, then call 1.888.909.9111 to take advantage of this special offer.

Car Rental

Hertz is offering members up to a 20% discount at participating locations in the U.S. and around the world. Please visit www.hertz.com, fill in your reservation information and indicate that you have a "discount, coupon or other offer." To get the ID number, email us or call the Adcraft office at 313.872.7850.

Education

Educating our members is one of the most important benefits the Adcraft Club provides. It is our goal to provide advanced educational opportunities that serve the entire spectrum of our membership, from student to entry-level to seasoned professional.

Scholarships – Adcraft Foundation raises money each year in an effort to provide several scholarships to deserving advertising and marketing students from in Michigan colleges and universities.  The scholarship entries are collected in the fall, and scholarships are awarded the following spring at an Adcraft meeting.
 
AdCon Career Conference – An annual must-attend event for students considering the fields of advertising and marketing, AdCon hosts more than 200 students from area colleges and universities who are interested in learning more. Students are able to hear what agency life is like from some of the area’s top professionals, with a focus on dialogue between presents and students, as well as network and receive resume / job search critiques.

ADvance – Open to members only, this 10-week program runs each spring for newer professionals. Each week is devoted to a different aspect of the business, and the group travels to different agencies, media outlets and more to meet other real-world practitioners and learn techniques for career advancement. The curriculum is designed to be particularly relevant to those with five years experience or less.

Executive Learning Series – Each year, we host a series of four learning sessions designed to meet the needs of even seasoned veterans. These sessions are developed with the intent of keeping our members current and ahead of the curve with respect to new technologies related to the field (e.g. mobile apps, privacy issues, etc.)

AAF 6th District National Student Competition – Promoted by the Adcraft Club, this competition challenges advertising college student teams from schools from the states of Indiana, Illinois and Michigan to create a comprehensive multimedia campaign that can be readily implemented by a real-world client.

Entertainment

Detroit Historical Museum – Adcraft members can enjoy exhibits as well as membership at 15% off the regular membership fees! Contact the club office at 313.872.7850 to obtain the Adcraft discount code to include in your online application.

Detroit Zoo – Adcraft members can enjoy a 10% discount on zoo membership fees! Discount coupons can be obtained from the club office by emailing Clarence Young or calling him at 313.872.7850. When you receive your discount coupon just print the application, attach the coupon, submit the fee less the 10% discount and mail your application to: Detroit Zoological Society, 8450 W. Ten Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48067.

Olympia Entertainment – Log in to the Members Only section of our site to order your tickets at a discounted rate on upcoming events offered on our Olympia Entertainment Adcraft Member On-Line Box Office.

Insurance

AAA Michigan – Adcraft members can join AAA Michigan with special group rates on AAA membership services and insurance products. Benefits include: Discounted AAA membership dues and enrollment fees; auto and homeowners insurance at special group rates; pre-paid 24-hour emergency road service; access to AAA Travel featuring member-only benefits and specially-priced vacations; Show Your Card & Save discounts which can save members up to 20% or more at thousands of retailers; free maps, and much more. Click above or call 1.800.AAA.MICH for more info. Click here to access AAA products and services.

Blue Cross Blue Shield - Michigan Business & Professional Association (MBPA) is one of very few organizations that can provide AdCraft members with “Sponsored” Blue Cross group Insurance. This type of policy enables a company to obtain special riders on things like dental, vision and others that are not normally available on the open market. Sole Proprietors can only purchase group healthcare coverage through a “sponsored arrangement” such as with the MBPA.

Contact:

Michigan Business & Professional Association
27700 Hoover Rd. Ste 100
Warren, MI 48093
Website: michbusiness.org
Phone: 586.393.8800 Fax: 586.393.8801

Mutual of Omaha Insurance – Disability, Life, Business Overhead Expense and Medical coverage are available to Adcraft members through the AAF and the Mutual of Omaha Companies. Most plans feature discounts or enhancements not available to the general public. Simply call 1.800.223.6927 and identify yourself as an Adcraft/AAF member. There is no cost or obligation.

PROBOP – Through PROBOP, AAF offers Adcraft members a variety of insurance coverage. PROBOP can custom-build a program for your business by choosing from a selection of options that make sense for you. For more information, call 1.800.899.1399 or visit the PROBOP website.
 
PROINSURE – Through PROINSURE, AAF now offers Adcraft members professional liability (errors and omissions) insurance designed to meet your profession's E&O insurance needs. For more information, call 1.800.899.1399 or visit the PROINSURE website.

Legislative Action

Through its affiliation with the Michigan Advertising Industry Alliance (MAIA), the Club keeps close watch on the Michigan Legislature. MAIA was founded in 1972 to serve as the advertising industry's link to state government in Lansing.

The organization has had many victories over the years, but none as significant as the 1995 legislation to exempt the state sales tax from art, photography, and graphic services. That victory served as a powerful example of the effectiveness of Karoub Associates, working together with MAIA's volunteer leadership and resulted in millions of dollars in savings to the ad industry. More recently, the organization has led lobbying efforts in support of the outdoor advertising and printing industries.
The organization also maintains a PAC that provides financial assistance to state legislators who have demonstrated their support for industry-related issues.

Mail/Shipping

FedEx – AAF and FedEx have teamed up to bring Adcraft members special FedEx discounts. Save up to 20% with no enrollment fees or minimum shipping quotas!

Meetings

We hold meetings between September and May that provide quality networking opportunities. Each meeting features a prominent guest speaker, and over the years a great many national and international celebrities from the worlds of business, politics, the military, entertainment, sports and journalism have appeared at the Adcraft podium.

Travel

Adcraft members who are departing from Detroit Metro Airport get one day of free parking. Each additional day runs $9. Qwik Park is conveniently located at 7782 Middlebelt Road. They provide a continuous free shuttle service and luggage handling. They also pick you up at your vehicle. Email the Adcraft Club office for your discount coupon or call the club office at 313.872.7850.
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