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Awards were presented on December 6 at the 2017 Best in Maryland Gala in the beautiful Royal Sonesta Harbor Court. Click here to see who was there! We thank all who attended and especially our #BIM17 sponsors and VIPs! See you all next year! 

A special thank you to our judging team from Central California which did an awesome job (they were tough!).

Congratulations to all our 2017 Best in Maryland Honorees and Winners! 


National Aquarium Dolphin Sanctuary Announcement



Daniel Dunne, APR, Erickson Living


Paul E. Welsh
Nancy Sherman, Caroline Center


Educator of the Year
Dana Vickers Shelley, MPA, Morgan State University


 Rising Star
Molly Dressel, Abel Communications


PR Team of the Year
Maryland Auto Insurance Marketing and Communications Team


Partner of Distinction
Coyle Studios


 Volunteer of the Year
Emily McDermott, Van Eperen

Dani Baldassare, Erickson Living


Community Relations
Best in Maryland: Ocean City Walk Smart – Maryland State Highway Administration

Award of Excellence: Coldwell Banker’s Play it Forward Campaign – Clapp Communications


 Crisis Communications
Best in Maryland: Zika Preparedness Efforts – Johns Hopkins Medicine


 Events and Observances < 7 days
Best in Maryland: Howard County OAI 50+EXPO – Coster Communications, LTD. 


 Award of Excellence: Work Zone Safety – Maryland State Highway Administration


Events and Observances > 7 days
Best in Maryland: “MPT Salutes Vietnam Veterans” Initiative – Maryland Public Television

Award of Excellence: 200 Years of Moving Smart Energy Forward – BGE with Weber Shandwick

Integrated Communications
Best in Maryland: “Victories for Veterans” Integrated PSA Campaign – Crosby Marketing Communications

 Award of Excellence: U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration – National Heroin and Opioid Awareness Week – A. Bright Idea Advertising and Public Relations

Award of Excellence: Carroll Hospice Campaign – Carroll Hospital and Devaney & Associates


Internal Communications
Best in Maryland: Chesapeake Brand Stand – Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company


Best in Maryland: myBWI – BWI Marshall Airport with Weber Shandwick


Public Service
Best in Maryland: It’s a Great School Year! – Lyons PR


 Reputation/Brand Management
Best in Maryland/Best in Show: National Aquarium Dolphin Sanctuary Announcement – Golin

 Award of Excellence: Leadership Maryland finds “The Strength Within” – Leadership Maryland and Devaney & Associates



Best in Maryland: What Employers Should Know about Opioids and Injured Workers – Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company


Annual Reports
Best in Maryland: Protecting Every Workday – 2015 Annual Report – Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company

 Award of Excellence: 2016 Chase Brexton Health Care Annual Report – Chase Brexton and Devaney & Associates


Brochures – Digital
Best in Maryland: E-Road Ready – Maryland State Highway Administration


Creative Tactics – Assoc/Nonprofit/Govt
Best in Maryland: Thank A Vet App and Social Engagement Program – Crosby Marketing Communications

 Award of Excellence: Invasive Species “Mark Trail” Comic Strip – Crosby Marketing Communications


Editorial/Op-Ed Columns/Story Placement
Best in Maryland: How Ethiopia Can Overcome the Worst Drought in 50 Years – Lutheran World Relief

 Award of Excellence: Ingleside at King Farm – Van Eperen


Magazines/Newsletters – Digital
Best in Maryland: Forum News – Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company

Award of Excellence: Maryland Auto Monthly – Maryland Auto Insurance


 Magazines/Newsletters – Print
Best in Maryland: Carroll Hospital’s A Healthy Dose Magazine – Carroll Hospital and Devaney & Associates


 Media Relations – Assoc/Nonprofit/Govt
Best in Maryland: National Aquarium Dolphin Sanctuary Announcement – Golin

Award of Excellence: Honoring Veterans – Lyons PR

 Award of Excellence: Stress Experienced around the 2016 Election – American Psychological Association & News Generation

Media Relations – For Profit
Best in Maryland: Route One Apparel Becomes the Face of Maryland Pride – Route One Apparel and Devaney & Associates

 Award of Excellence: MRIS’ Most Expensive Homes Sold – Abel Communications


Best in Maryland: Launch Podcast: Stories About Start-Ups – Van Eperen

Award of Excellence: JHU Press Journals Podcasts – Johns Hopkins University Press


Best in Maryland: In Your Hands-  – Maryland State Highway Administration

 Award of Excellence: Maryland Municipal League: Time to Talk – Van Eperen


Best in Maryland: Reflections – “MPT Salutes Vietnam Veterans” – Maryland Public Television

 Award of Excellence: The 2017 Early Warning Forecast – Lutheran World Relief


Best in Maryland: Mutually Beneficial Volunteerism – Mariner Management and Whorton Marketing & Research


Social Media – Assoc/Nonprofit/Govt
Best in Maryland: Driving Organ Donation Awareness Through Video Content – Crosby Marketing Communications

Award of Excellence: University of Maryland School of Pharmacy Online Giving Day – University of Maryland School of Pharmacy


Best in Maryland: “MPT Salutes Vietnam Veterans” Initiative – Maryland Public Television

 Award of Excellence: “Victories for Veterans” Video Series – Crosby Marketing Communications


A special thanks to our 2017 Best in Maryland Sponsors …



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