A Little Bit of PIAs History

The Platinum PIAs had a group of regulars who enjoyed reuniting each year with old friends.

An Annual Tradition

As most of you know by now, The Platinum PIAs Awards held ceremonies annually for 10 consecutive years (2010 – 2019) in New York City. The event was both in-person as well as online. The PIAs had the mission “To recognize businesses, non-profits and individuals like you who are making a difference in your communities.” It was a family friendly neighborhood event, that became a tradition for in-person regulars. We had great turnouts and it truly was fun for all ages. My daughter, who was a toddler back when the first show was launched, has told me many times that she misses going to the PIAs each year which had been a highlight in her experience of growing up.

Much Needed Help for Businesses, Non-profits and the Self Employed

Even though the PIAs doors have closed, we are excited to carry on a variation of its mission in the form of a new organization that, because of COVID restraints, functions entirely online and is called “USA Make a Difference.” This organization has the mission “To make a difference by helping you to make a difference (whether you are a business, non-profit or individual).”

What Action Steps are Taken by “USA Make a Difference”?

USA Make a Difference manifests its mission in the form of (1) our free weekly email newsletter, (2) our informational digital goods such as our in-house written eBooks (not available anywhere else) and (3) online services including blog creation, email marketing and internet campaign management.

Blog Publicity for the 3 Divisions of “USA Make a Difference”

All three of the faucets of “USA Make a Difference” are documented on an ongoing basis by our Blog Coalition which is a community network that, as of this writing, consists of nearly 60 blogs, some of which have been in existence since around the time of the first edition of the Platinum PIAs Awards in 2010.

An Organization for All Americans

Our former company, Video Film Web (2001 – 2013), had an in-person media studio located in the heart of Manhattan, NY, in the Midtown East area. We served clients including well known New York City businesses, non-profits, and those with creative careers. Now, because of the Pandemic, “USA Make a Difference” functions entirely online and makes a difference by helping people like you to make a difference in conjunction with growing your business, non-profit or creative career regardless of where you are located, in this great country of ours!

Yianni Stamas Details National Bird Day

The Platinum PIAs Closed but still having an Impact

The Platinum PIAs over the years has had as winners those who work to preserve animals in their habitats all across the 50 states.

National Bird Day

Today’s date, January 5th, is known the world over to be National Bird Day. This day is not to be confused with International Migratory Bird Day which marks the time that birds migrate.

The Cause of National Bird Day

Instead, National Bird Day is a holiday that has been in existance for over a decade and is the time that bird lovers can participate in the process of counting the amount of the various bird types there are. This happens all over the country and is a participation in the process of documenting the number of the various species of our feathered friends all across this great country of ours.

Those Who Have Lost Their Lives on the Day Throughout History

We would be remiss if we did not mention that today is a date that over the years has marked the deaths of some very important people including Amelia Earhart (1897-1939) Pilot, George Washington Carver (1864-1943) Botanist and Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933) US President.

Taking Action

On National Bird Day, those involved with the National Bird Day Cause can watch birds either together or in a group to participate in helping with the conservation of birds. Will you bird watch today?!

You Know What You Need to Do Tomorrow

Tomorrow

Tomorrow is a special day and we couldn’t resist coming out to talk about it. Apparently the Platinum PIAs have inspired a couple different awards show to come to be. This includes the Big Apple Awards, the Home Business Awards and the US Make a Difference Awards. The one we have in our eye at the moment is the Home Business Awards. This is because we believe home businesses could play a role in the job issues we are currently experiencing.

US Make a Difference

United States, we ask that you make a difference and get out and vote. Now more than ever we need participation by the people that could lead to the sides not being as much divided as they currently are.

Please Vote

When you think about it, voting is an important right to fulfill. Possibly one of the most important. Many from both “sides” in the US are extremist s in their beliefs. One side is “take from the rich and give to the poor,” while the other side seems to be “have the rich remain in power and do the PR they are empowering the poor.” which side most resonates with you? Even if neither fits your views, please get out tomorrow and make your voice heard.

Remembrances Plus a New Show Idea

Platinum PIAS and How it Was Born

The Best Laid Plans

The Platinum PIAs was my first awards show. Funny how in 2010 it came into being, in such an unexpected fashion. We were putting together a digital film project and planned to premier it at the Tribeca Screening Room.

What Comes Next?

But as we got closer and closer to the date, it was clear we were not going to finish in time. So what to do now? We had already booked the screening room so we needed to come up with something.

Metal Meets Mission

Then it hit me. An awards show. Yes of course. One that celebrated Public Internet Artists or its acronym: PIA. Since awards show traditionally involved some metal, we chose one of the best: platinum. Hence the Platinum PIAs were born. And best of all, it was going to celebrate not only their artistic achievement but also public internet artists who are making a difference!

Fast forward to today, and an Homage

The homage is to some of the most hardworking people we know: Home Business Achievers. What should we call this show? Home Business Awards?

Remembering the Celebration

Let’s face it. The Platinum PIAs were a lot of fun and this fun lasted for ten straight years of  celebrating community and the accomplishment of entrepreneurs who made a difference to charities and society. And if the PIAs hadn’t lost to cancer one of our key collaborators, we  might well have continued for another decade.

But that wasn’t in the cards, Rodger was taken from us, and in losing him it was clear that the Platinum PIAs would never be the same again. So the PIAs as we knew it ended and the torch of recognizing entrepreneurs making a difference in their communities made way to a new vista.

The “U.S. Make a Difference” Awards

Approximately One Month Later

So here we are approximately a month later with the news that it is now a signed and sealed reality that the ten year tradition of doing the Platinum PIAs Awards is acting as the inspiration and outgrowth of the “U.S. Make a Difference” Awards. In short, if you go to USmakeadifference.com right now you can participate if you desire in mounting the first celebration of the new approach.

Keeping Two Influences

Also, yes, we are still keeping the Big Apple Awards wing for education and the Houdini Day influence for magician who are nominated for making a difference in their communities.

Recognizing those Making a Difference

So we hope to see you soon as we pursue the important mission which is to recognize those who are making a difference in their communities!

Occasionally We Will Do a Post

Which way will the Platinum PIAs go? What entity will they finally select as the awards show that will carry on their mission to make a difference?

Humanitarian Work

Although the Platinum PIAs have shut down after a decade, we are proud to say that many have volleyed for the phrase “From the people who brought you the Platinum PIAs Awards.” If you’ve been following this blog it has been a bit confusing with all the choices we have had. We worked hard on this because we wanted the successor to the PIAs be an entity that would carry on the humanitarian work we have strived to bring you.

Communities

The proposal we have finally selected (and this is the final one) was the debut of an awards show that is brought to you by DIYdigi.com. For those of you who do not know what DIYdigi is, it is an organization that help people with media to realize their dreams and make a difference in their communities.

US Make a Difference

So what is the awards show that DIYdigi is producing and will pick up helping the US to make a difference. It is only logical that the Platinum PIAs will have chosen The “US Make a Difference” Awards, located at USmakeadifference.com. The great thing about this website and show, is that it literally has “US Make a Difference” right in its name. So it mission and name are aligned . We will keep you posted about this as more information is available.

We Miss the Audiences

Live Audiences

As of this writing, COVID-19 makes it uncomfortable to have a live audience. It’s funny how we changed our format to digital just a few years ago. If this had happened during our live days it would have been sad.

Diverse Interests

Either way, we miss our audiences. They were an incredible group. Human being with diverse interests and professions. We had educators, performers, producers and more.

Meeting Audience Members

We also had a tradition which was to serve food afterwards. It was fun catching up with everyone and meeting new people. Our transitional project will have a digital audience also. It will be interesting to see how it works out.

Overwhelming

More than an Awards Show

The pouring in of favorite memories and gratitude over the last month or so has been overwhelming. I guess we didn’t realize how much of an impact an awards show can have. Or maybe, because it was more than just a celebration where trophies were handed out.

The Next Incarnation

Making a difference is important to many of us. And that is not going to change as we go through this time of transitioning. And the hope is that PIA fans will somehow participate in the next incarnation.

It’s Important

Thank you one and all for reminding us about the importance of trying to give back.

Remembering 10 Years of Good Times

Memories

Remembering the good times. Like the Platinum PIAs Artists’ Fly High Festival. And so much more.

Enter the New

But there’s no time for reminiscing, we’ve already done that. It’s the moment to step into the next chapter: The National Magic Day Awards also known as the Houdini Day Awards as seen at Houdini Day in association with USA Magicians.

The Big Question

The question we get asked the most is, “Is this just for magicians?” And the answer is a resounding “No.” Pardon the unicorns and rainbows, but there are people who are not conjurers but are undoubtedly, well, magic. They are those who make a difference in their community of course.

So Many Ways to Make a Difference

Possible ways of making a difference and being magic include: Pets & Animals, Arts & Culture, Education & Youth, the Environment, Faith & Spiritual, International Stuff, Human Services, our Veterans who we thank for their service and finally (and this is a big one these days) – Health.