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February '19

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24 • February 2019 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S ARCHITECTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL as they are given. They also can pres- ent cumulative or tiers of giving, such as donors moving from bronze to silver or platinum levels. This can be demon- strated with various display options, such as plaques that include smaller plates for additional names and donation amounts A cast with etching for the New York Police & Fire Widow's and Children's Benefit Fund. (Image courtesy of A.R.K. Ramos) The Aurora Medical Center has 14 locations with each header unique to a few of the facili- ties. RCB Donor Recognition in Milwaukee created the donor displays, which are acrylic sandwiches mounted to standoffs that hold them one inch off the wall. The displays are for the annual giving campaign and can be updated each year. (Image courtesy of RCB Donor Recognition) A dedication plaque list- ing the presidents of the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department. (Image cour- tesy of A.R.K. Ramos) and giving trees with branches or leaves to add the information. Open and closed displays come in many materials or substrates, but cast metal has been a favorite for its timeless look, durability and longevity, Auty says. "Casting in bronze, copper or alumi- num allows for different looks and finishes to add depth and interest to your donor plaque or wall. Acrylics, cut and etched glass are also very popular," Auty says. At A . R . K . Ramos, a family-owned wholesale signage manufacturing com- pany in Oklahoma City, the most popular material for plaques and wall displays is cast bronze for its substantial look, fol- lowed by cast aluminum and cast brass, says Rocky Fincher, sales manager of A.R.K. Ramos. "You get the gold look instead of silver," Fincher says. "It makes it look legitimate." Ramos's cast products have the benefit of carrying a lifetime warranty and are easy to maintain and can be cleaned with soap and water, Fincher says. "It's not going to fade, crack or chip. It's not going to fail," Fincher says. Popular Substrates Another substrate used for donor rec- ognitions is an acid-etched display, a less expensive alternative for organizations with small budgets. Acid-etched displays consist of small, fine etched lines tinted with bronze, brass or another material to have the look of metal, Ramos says. The etching allows for more characters per square inch than does casting—the characters can be as small as one-eighth inch versus one- fourth inch with casting, he says. Other popular substrates are cast copper, cut metal such as stainless steel, acrylics in multiple types and options, and polished or tinted glass, Auty says, adding that wood is occasionally used, preferably for indoors. "With a larger budget, you will be able to have a larger selection of options," Auty says. "When the budget is 'healthy' and longevity is a concern, which is usu- ally the case in donor plaques and walls,

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