The Annual Ad Relief November Luncheon
Ad Relief's annual November Luncheon is the biggest event in the LA Ad community.
A time-honored tradition that is a can’t be missed. A great way to kick off the holiday
season, reconnect with colleagues, bid on silent auction items, enter to win cash and
best of all, a chance to win a brand new car! All proceeds go directly to Ad Relief
to support your advertising peers in times of life crisis.
This Year's Honoree | Miriam Aardahl
Miram Aardahl is Local Broadcast Director for OMD Los Angeles and oversees all LA based clients in six regional offices.
She began her illustrious career in advertising at the Walt Disney Company’s in-house agency, Vista Advertising, in 1980. Over her 38 years of vast experience in buying and planning local video and audio in the United States and Canada, she has worked on such prestigious accounts as Disney, Apple, Nissan, Infiniti, Wells Fargo, Hilton, Levi’s and McDonalds, to name just a few.
Miriam has sucessfully helped to develop, negotiate and execute multi-platform group deals with local media partners which have allowed her clients ownership to innovative media enhancements. She was instrumental in launching the “Sports Desk with Fred Roggin” here in Los Angeles and similar formats have been adopted throughout the country. Her most rewarding experience was overseeing the integration of the Nissan Rogue with the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. She eagerly stays on top of the ever-changing media landscape so that her clients can be a part of the latest advancements in new media.
When Miriam isn’t burning the midnight oil at her work desk, she enjoys riding her 3 prized horses and teaching her 5 grandchildren how to ride and care for them. She has been happily married to her husband, Marvin, for 44 years and they have 2 wonderful children--James who followed Mom into the advertising profession and Amanda who followed proud Papa into Medical Products sales.
Miriam is also very active with fundraising for her Church and Community. She was president of the Santa Clarita Valley Domestic Violence Association for two years after serving on the Board for 6. She received a Commendation from Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich for her years of service.
Miriam is grateful for her talented team that she gets to work with everyday. Her team loves working under Miriam’s leadership, too; some who have been with her since her first days at OMD…or maybe it’s because she keeps the candy dispenser at her desk endlessly filled with M&Ms! She is also thankful for the Los Angeles advertising community who will always step up when there is a need. She has known many of them since her first day in the industry.
This Year's Master of Ceremony | Fritz Coleman
Fritz Coleman is NBC4 Southern California's beloved weathercaster for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. He joined NBC4 in 1982 as the weekend weathercaster and two years later moved to weekdays, where he has been part of the longest-running evening news team with legendary journalists Chuck Henry, Colleen Williams and Fred Roggin. A Southern California broadcasting icon, he is renowned in the region for his extensive knowledge of weather, his sense of humor and affable personality. Follow him on Facebook here.
Fritz is the cornerstone of the NBC4 Weather Team that recently won two Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards for the station’s specials, El Nino: Currents of Change and Running Dry: California’s Historic Drought. He was honored by the Associated Press Television and Radio Association with the Stan Chambers Award for Extraordinary Achievement. Fritz has received countless accolades over the last three decades, including "Best Weathercaster" by nearly every major newspaper in Southern California, including the Orange County Register and four times in the Los Angeles Daily News.
In addition to his celebrated broadcast career, Fritz is well-known for giving his time to numerous charitable activities, and hosts hundreds of local events to raise awareness for services that benefit underserved communities. His involvement in NBC4's goodwill initiatives has been the foundation to the success of the station's community outreach, including Fritz's Holiday Lights which spotlighted festive neighborhoods lit up for the holiday season. His role in NBC4's Wishing Tree continues the seasonal tradition of spreading good cheer and generosity to many in need. Fritz is also featured as a proud example of the rewards of giving time with NBC4's signature community program, I Am A Volunteer.
His community work has been recognized by hundreds of prominent organizations, including a Humanitarian Award from the United States House of Representatives for his work with the American Red Cross, as well as honors from the Salvation Army, Shelter Partnership and others.
A long-time stand-up comic who regards Bob Hope and Johnny Carson as heroes, Fritz has done stand-up for decades at local comedy clubs. Fritz has appeared several times on the "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson and Jimmy Fallon. He had a number of series and specials that aired on NBC4 including “What a Week,” “It's Fritz,” “Fritz and Friends" and "The Perils of Parenting." He earned four Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards for his work.
Born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, Fritz attended Salem College in West Virginia and Temple University in Philadelphia where he studied radio, television and film. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy. Fritz lives in the San Fernando Valley and has three children and two grandchildren.
Friday, November 8, 2019
JW Marriott Los Angeles
900 W. Olympic Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90015