Never Saw the Light of Day (also known as the Trashy Awards or simply The Trashys) is an award show, fundraiser, and event unlike any other in the industry—an exhibition of Baltimore’s finest ideas and projects that never had a chance to shine because, for whatever reason, they never made it out the door. The show brings Baltimore’s advertising community together as we share our ideas and projects all while raising money for a great cause: The AAFB Scholarship Fund.

Thursday, June 22
Peabody Heights Brewery
401 East 30th Street, Baltimore, MD 21218


It sounds negative but hear us out! The awards are meant to be informal, quirky, fun, and memorable, which at its core is the essence of this event. The winners receive tiny trashcan trophies, but that doesn’t mean we think the work is garbage. On the contrary, our intent is only to keep this lighthearted. We love our work, we love our clients, and no one is trashing anyone; we’re just sharing the ideas we had that didn’t go anywhere. And here’s the fun part — you have to attend to view any of it. Photos of submissions are strictly prohibited.


Lots of fun to be had by all! All attendees will enjoy food and beverages while networking and and getting an exclusive peak at some pretty amazing local creative work from the areas top agencies, freelancers, small shops, and students. Attendees will have the opportunity to vote for their favorites and at the end of the night the three submissions with the most votes will receive a coveted 2016 Gold, Silver and Bronze Trashy Award.

Vote tickets are included with admission. Additional vote tickets may be purchased or cash/change may be used to cast additional votes. A 50/50 raffle will also be held.



Submitting work is FREE. The Trashys are a fundraiser and wouldn’t be possible without your fabulous entries. Therefore, submitting is FREE for everyone. Yes, even if you’re not an AAFB member. Yes, even if you submit 20 pieces.


There’s just one rule: only unpublished work is eligible. That’s it! Enter as many things as you like, it’s all for a good cause. If preferred you can also remove any client logos from work or replace content with Lorem Ipsum. NOTE: photography of submission will be strictly prohibited at event.


Ideas. Concepts. Projects. Suggested submissions include, but are certainly not limited to:

    • Unused concepts, sketches, logos
    • Mockups
    • Pitch decks
    • Spec work
    • Unused b-roll or video footage
    • Unused photography
    • Website designs
    • Posters
    • Brochures
    • Ads
    • Stuff you made just for funsies
    • School work (calling all students!)


This is a fundraiser, so we want to make it as easy as possible for you to submit. To submit, simply email Kathe Flynn ( by June 20th, but the sooner than better, so we can plan our display areas accordingly. Helpful info to include in email:

  • Your company or name
  • Number of digital entries
  • Number of print entries

That’s it! For the event, entry display is entirely up to you, but here is some helpful info to give you ideas:

PRINT: Bring the prints with you or send to Kathe for printing. They can be mounted or cropped or not; there are no rules. Keep in mind, presentation may earn you extra votes!

DIGITAL: Bring your own display technology. Suggested displays include laptop or iPad. Videos should be set to play on a loop. Be sure to charge your technology fully, outlets may need to be shared or may not be available for everyone depending on the number of entrants.

The deadline and details requested for your submissions are intended to give us a chance to ensure that we have enough space to display everything and can plan the room arrangement accordingly.

Photography of submissions is strictly prohibited during the event. All photos of the event taken by our event photographer will be edited to hide entries prior to publishing.


Attendance is not required for submission or to win. We’d love to have you attend, but if you can’t make it and still want to share your work, email us and we’ll make arrangements to get your entry from you. If you win, we’ll be in touch afterwards!


Admission Includes:

  • Two (2) beer tickets courtesy of Gilah Press + Design
  • Catering by Blue Pit BBQ & Whiskey
  • 10 voting tickets (to get you started). That’s right, as an attendee, you’re an official awards judge!
  • An exclusive look at never before seen creative genius
  • A fun night of socializing for a good cause!

Early Bird Member Ticket: $5
Early Bird Nonmember Ticket: $15

Early bird pricing ends 6/15/17.

100% of ticket sales go directly to the AAFB Scholarship Fund.
Please note, because this is a fundraiser, all ticket purchases are considered a donation and there will be no refunds unless the event has been canceled.


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The AAFB Scholarship fund is awarded to select students pursuing an undergraduate or post-graduate degree in advertising, communications, journalism, radio/TV, commercial art, photography, marketing, public relations, or related advertising fields. Candidates are carefully evaluated by the AAFB Scholarship Selection Committee on their academic achievements, volunteer contributions to their community, and representative samples of work in advertising related disciplines.