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by Association For Creative Industries
January 14-18, 2021

Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, AZ
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Dec 15, 2016
The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) announces Creativation Celebration, a new charitable event to benefit The Kids In Need Foundation (KINF), a non-profit organization that distributes school supplies to students and teachers. Creativation Celebration is an informal affair that will feature cocktails and interactive maker space play as creative industry professionals honor CHA’s 2017 Industry Awards recipients and Hall of Fame inductees. The event will take place on Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 6:30pm – 10:00pm at the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix, AZ.

“We recently expanded our partnership with KINF on behalf of the creative arts industry and are focused on helping to improve access to creativity in classrooms across the United States,” said Maureen Walsh, Vice President of Membership and Marketing, CHA, who also serves on the KINF Board of Directors. “Proceeds of the Creativation Celebration will fuel KINF’s school supply donations to low-income families, which has proven to help improve students’ grades, classroom behavior, engagement, self-esteem and attitudes toward learning.”

The evening will start with a cocktail hour in CREATE, a 6,500 square-foot maker space where science, technology, engineering, math and art collide. Attendees will learn about and use state-of-the-art, computer-controlled equipment and traditional crafts, including 3D printers, woodworking and sewing tools. Following the cocktail reception, CHA will recognize its annual Industry Award winners and Hall of Fame honorees at the Arizona Science Center, where food and drinks will also be served.

The 2017 Industry Award recipients are Mark Peters, Duncan Enterprises; Therese Hennessy, The Honor Scrapbook; and ShurTech Brands. The 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees are Dave Catanzarite, Darice and Pat Catan’s; Emma Gebo, Crafts Inc., dba SIERRA'S; Jerry Hacker, Dee’s Delights; Catherine Kay, Elam – Kay & Associates; and Bob Ross, Joy of Painting Company.

Creativation Celebration will be held during Creativation, the premier creative industry event organized by the Craft and Hobby Association. Creativation will take place January 19-23, 2017 at the Phoenix Convention Center.

Tickets for Creativation Celebration are available for $99 per person. For more information and to purchase a ticket, visit

“Creativation Celebration will be a unique networking experience for our attendees with the added benefit of supporting a great charity”, noted Andria LaJeunesse, CEM, Director of Expositions and Events, CHA.” “Come as you are! We just want to celebrate great people and an incredible cause, while having some fun along the way.”