Winners of the 13th Annual Bloomie Awards for best advertisements of 2018–19. Photos by Nicole McPheeters


Lobster, corn, clams, and sausage made a festive entrée.

Bloom Magazine celebrated its 13th anniversary on August 13 with a party in the Indiana Memorial Union (IMU) Tudor Room. In all, 235 business and civic leaders, educators, artists, members of the arts community, humanitarians, and contributors to the magazine attended the event, which was a fundraiser for the Bloomington Refugee Support Network. 

Music was provided by Middle Eastern music ensemble Salaam. The IMU Catering staff, under the direction of Chef Dave Tallent, provided the sumptuous fare, which included a seafood spread featuring lobster tails, giant shrimp, clams, and oysters; tender beef; Middle Eastern foods; fabulous desserts; and many other delicacies.

A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the 13th Annual Bloomie Awards for the best advertisements of 2018–19. Selected from approximately 650 ads, the Bloomie winners were Andrew Davis Clothiers, Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, Flying Fish Real Estate, Griffin Realty, Indiana University, Root Advisors, and Simpson Acupuncture. Party attendees cast ballots to select the three Grand Bloomie winners. Taking home the high honors were Bell Trace Senior Living, Bloomingfoods, and The Uptown Cafe. 

This was the 28th party Bloom has thrown for friends and supporters. Many said it was the best ever!  

See more photos from Bloom’s 13th anniversary party below.

The people who bring you Bloom Magazine and, all dressed up at the August 13 gala celebrating Bloom’s 13th anniversary. (1-r) Associate Publisher Cassaundra Huskey, Executive Editor Carmen Siering, Associate Editor & Photo Editor Rodney Margison, Editor & Publisher Malcolm Abrams.