The 2008 ADJA Award Recipients

March 10, 2008 by Mobile Beat

The 2008 ADJA Award Recipients
The National Board of Directors was proud to acknowledge several members at the ADJA National Meeting held on February 12, 2008 in Las Vegas for their tremendous personal efforts to expand professionalism and compassionate service in their communities.

The Michael Butler Humanitarian Award – This year we awarded two members trophies for outstanding humanitarian efforts. Our first recipient was Cain Humphrey. Cain received this award for his leadership in giving service to a town which was nearly wiped off the map by a class five tornado during the past summer.

In May 2007, the town of Greensburg, Kansas, which had already seen its share of industry cutbacks, forcing many residents to seek work elsewhere, was demolished by a storm. Over 80% of the homes and business were destroyed. Members of the association decided to lead an initiative to help the families in Greensburg by putting together a work party to do whatever was needed to help dig families out of their tragedies.

Cain Humphrey stood out among the rest of their membership and put much of his life on hold, both personally and professionally. His tireless efforts on behalf of the residents of Greensburg were both inspiring and unselfish. The national recognition of these efforts were even recounted on Good Morning America.

Our second recipient was Louie Castillo. Louie received this award for his efforts to raise money and spirits for victims of the devastating fires that burned over 275,000 acres in Southern California. Thousands of San Diego residents returned to little more than ashes. Many residents lost irreplaceable valuables and family memories, with a challenge of rebuilding their homes and their lives.

Louie was the go-to guy who put together the talent and entertainment for the fundraiser, making sure the event ran smoothly. Created and produced in only 2 weeks, Louie served as the co-host and master of ceremonies and secured the services of several well known entertainers, which attracted over 700 guests and raised approximately $80,000.

Following these efforts, Louie also stepped up and was instrumental in the 2007 US Marine Corps “Toys for Tots” campaign for the 2nd year in a row. As a member and officer of the Jamul Tuna Club, he helped the club collect of 100 toys for “Toys for Tots”.

These nominees exemplify the spirit of what “DJ’s Can Do!” for their communities. Please visit for detailed information regarding these incredible efforts.

The Peter Merry Leadership Award – This years winner was Marcello Pedalino. He was chosen for exceeding all reasonable expectations in the areas of service, dedication and commitment to the ADJA during the calendar year 2007.

Marcello Pedalino has worked hard to improve the image and talent of the New Jersey Disc Jockey Industry. He always projects the most positive, business-like image and is noted for always being observed wearing a business suit. He leads by example at all times and shares his success knowledge with his peers, putting on seminars and demonstrations, at no charge.

As one that has won the DJ of the year competition multiple times, he is still found front and center at every seminar he can attend that will help him build his business. He truly desires to improve the image of our industry and goes well and beyond in his quest to accomplish this goal. We want to thank Marcello for all he has done to promote the image of the ADJA.

Chapter Of The Year Award – This years Chapter Of The Year honors went to the Houston Chapter for their exceptional efforts this past summer as they pulled out all the stops to see that ADJA was well represented at the NACE (National Association of Catering Executives) National Educational Conference.

The ADJA Houston Chapter provided music at all the meals and refreshment breaks throughout the day. In the evening they assisted with theme events, including the offering of an energetic nightclub experience for all NACE attendees. They championed the ADJA cause by dedicated effort and tirelessly worked to make sure that the ADJA was always represented in the best light. All efforts resulted in a very smooth flow of events with everyone on the same page. The ADJA logo was prominent at every venue and every opportunity.

We were thanked from the podium at literally every event. That could only happen as a result of the outstanding efforts of the Houston Chapter whose members really stood up and made us all proud, knocking this one out of the park.

In addition to their involvement at the NACE Conference, the Houston Chapter also donated time this year to the “Be An Angel Foundation”, which supplies services for Healthy Kids day with the YMCA and the American Heart Association. They had shirts made with the ADJA logo on the center of the back of the shirt that they passed out to everyone.

Other Winners and Prize Recipients –

Poker Tournament – The winner of the Disc Poker Tournament, sponsored in part by the ADJA, was Scott Patrick.

Equipment Giveaway – On the final day of the Mobile Beat DJ Show & Conference, we gave away two Denon HD2500 Controllers. These controllers were raffled off to one “new” member who signed up at the booth and one “renewing” member who signed up at the booth during the conference.

New Member Winner – Keith Hawk
Renewing Member Winner – Marcello Pedalino

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