CUSTOM OF THE YEAR - Winners, Honorary Award announced!


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Custom of the Year
Tommy Sanchez

Winners, Honorary Award announced for second year!

Custom of the Year remembers one of its own. (April 14, 2006). The 2nd annual Custom of the Year (COTY) awards is proud to announce this year’s winners. After nominees were selected by a committee of celebrity judges and two weeks of voting by the online community, winners were decided in over 20 categories including Best Marvel, Best Sculpture and, of course, Custom of the Year.

“This year’s awards had excellent entries all around,” said COTY founder Tommy Sanchez, “Just over 4,000 votes were cast in what was some really tough and close competition.” All the winners can be found at

“I’m also proud to present this year’s Honorary Award to CustomCon,” announced Mr. Sanchez, “For the last seven years they’ve promoted a spirit of sharing, innovative ideas, praise and cooperation within the customizing community.”

CustomCon has literally hosted thousands of customs over 14 online conventions that display lines or series of customs, similar in nature to Toyfair. While the hosts have gone through several websites, the current roster of hosts includes Cason Pilliod and Joe Acevedo of and respectively.

However, the COTY awards also suffered a loss this year. Liz FitzSimon, who created the COTY website and logo and was a general consultant on the founding of the COTY awards, passed away this week at the age of 27 after a battle with cancer.

“Liz was a wonderful person, a great graphic design artist, and a life-long friend,” explained Mr. Sanchez, “In her memory I’m announcing the Elizabeth FitzSimon Award for Best Website and also asking for donations to a cause close to her heart.”

Donations can be made one of two ways:

Make checks payable and mailed to:
Providence St. Joesph Foundatin Cancer Center
501 S. Buena Vista
Burbank,CA 91505
IMPORTANT – please add in notes: “Elizabeth FitzSimon”


Go online to
select: Cancer Center General Fund
select: In Memory of
enter: “Elizabeth FitzSimon”
Custom of the Year will continue to seek entries later in the year so please be on the lookout for those details on this site or


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