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2018 Best in Maryland Gala

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Golin wins “Best in Show” for National Aquarium Dolphin Sanctuary Announcement

Pictured: Lauren Hartman and Corinne Weaver, National Aquamarine, with Claudia Ciolfi, PRSA Maryland Chapter President. Photo courtesy of Coyle Studios.

Golin received the “Best in Show” award for the National Aquarium Dolphin Sanctuary Announcement at the 2017 “Best in Maryland” awards gala, held on December 6, 2017. The agency was recognized for its strategic efforts in media relations and brand management for the 2016 campaign.   

Golin won for its success of the announcement’s wide publication and favorable reception.  Animal advocates, zoo and aquarium communities, and many others in the Baltimore and Chesapeake Bay area supported the Aquarium’s news. It also received praise in People magazine’s “Top Stories That Made Us Happy This Week.” A key element of Golin’s success was its attention to the Aquarium’s reputation and brand.

In total, 42 “Best in Maryland” awardees were acknowledged for their outstanding works in public relations, communications, and marketing in the state of Maryland. Devaney & Associates and Crosby Marketing Communications took five awards each – the most received by a single agency during the PRSA Maryland chapter event.

Other honorees include Daniel Dunne, APR, External Communications, Erickson Living, as Lifetime Achievement honoree; Nancy Sherman, Director of Communications and Marketing, Caroline Center, as the inaugural Paul E. Welsh recipient; Dana Vickers Shelly, MPA, Department of Strategic Communications, Morgan State University, as Educator of the Year; the Maryland Auto Insurance Marketing and Communications Team as PR Team of the Year; Molly Dressel, Senior Account Executive, Abel Communications, as Rising Star; and Coyle Studios as Partner of Distinction. Also recognized were Maryland Chapter volunteers Emily McDermott, Account Supervisor/Project Manager, Van Eperen; and Dani Baldassare, Public Affairs Manager, Erickson Living.

T.J. Smith, chief, media relations section of the Baltimore Police Department served as master of ceremonies for the event, which was held at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court in Baltimore, Maryland.

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2017 Best in Maryland Awards Gala

2017 Best in Maryland Awards Gala

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Join us as we celebrate another successful year in Maryland PR and Communications. We’ll start with a networking reception where you can greet old friends and make new ones. We’ll adjourn to the ballroom for dinner followed by our awards ceremony where we’ll present awards in 27 categories and honor our professional awards winners. Featuring our Master of Ceremonies – T.J. Smith, Chief, Media Relations Section, Baltimore Police Department. Click here for a message from T.J.

Click here for more details on what the evening will bring! 

*There will be a raffle for a Basket of Goodies compliments of Dorothy Fuchs, Purple Dot Public Relations. Proceeds will go to the Kathleen Kelly Undergraduate Scholarship. Be sure to bring cash.

Tickets (Includes reception and dinner. Cash bar available.)

  • Members/Nominees – $115
  • Individual Tickets for Non-members – $150
  • Students – $100. Help us support our PRSSA student members by being a student sponsor. Pay this special registration rate and they’ll sit with you at the gala. Bring your own student or we’ll match you with one. Please contact us for more details.
  • VIP TABLE – $1,250. Just need special attention the night of the event? This level includes priority location, special signage, and two bottles of wine served exclusively to your guests. Ticket includes dinner for eight (8). Two more seats can be added at the regular event price. Have an extra seat? Save it for a student!

Need a room for the night? Guests can reserve discounted rooms in one of two ways:

1. Reservations hotline: (800) SONESTA, reference the ‘PRSA Maryland’s Best in Maryland Awards’.
2. Online via the hotel’s website. Group/Meeting Code: 1205PRSAMD. If problems arise, go to online booking here.

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Dan Dunne to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at PRSA Maryland ‘Best in Maryland’ Awards Gala

Erickson Living’s Director of External Communications to be honored for distinguished public relations and communications career

With a nearly 30 years of proven public relations and communications experience, Dan Dunne, APR, has been selected as the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient by the Public Relations Society of America, Maryland Chapter (PRSA-MD).  Dunne, former PRSA President (2016) and current PRSA MD Board member, will be honored at the association’s Best in Maryland gala on December 6, at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Hotel in Baltimore.

“Dan’s civil service and private sector communication careers have been marked by exceptional experiences and achievements,” said former PRSA MD President Jeff Davis. “His passion for the public relations and communication profession is contagious, as is his desire to serve as a mentor and support Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Chapter members at Loyola University Maryland, Towson University, and Morgan State, in their education and career pursuits.”

Throughout his 28-year Federal law enforcement career with the Bureau of Prisons (BOP), nearly two years operating his own public relations consulting business, as well as 11-year career with Erickson Living, Dunne has served in multiple professional communicator roles. As a national spokesperson at BOP headquarters in Washington, D.C., Dunne was faced with having to manage a myriad of critical incident situations. For example, he played a key role in developing the communication strategy for managing the 1,600 news media representatives who descended on the United States Penitentiary, Terra Haute, Indiana, to covered the execution of Timothy McVeigh (2001). 

As Erickson Living’s Director of External Communication, Dunne serves as the company’s chief spokesperson and oversees a team of regional communication professionals responsible for integrated communication support, including social media administration and crisis communications. Last year, Erickson Living’s communication team received a PRSA MD Best in Maryland Award for its Frank Sinatra 100th Birthday National Celebration Campaign. Erickson Living is one of the nation’s most respected leaders in building and managing continuing care retirement communities and currently in Maryland manages Charlestown, Oak Crest and Riderwood. The company is also currently considering developing a continuing care retirement community in Howard County

PRSA Maryland’s Lifetime Achievement Award honors a public relations professional whose career spans 20 years or more and who has exhibited extraordinary achievements, demonstrated outstanding leadership in the field of public relations and upholds the PRSA Code of Ethics.  

Also to be honored are Dana Vickers Shelley, Morgan State University, as Educator of the Year; Nancy Sherman, Caroline Center, as the inaugural recipient of the Paul E. Welsh Award; Molly Dressel, Abel Communications, as Rising Star; Maryland Auto Insurance Marketing and Communications Team as PR Team of the Year; and Coyle Studios as Partner of Distinction. Click here for more information on all our honorees. 

Awards will be presented at the PRSA Maryland 2017 Best in Maryland Gala on December 6 at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court. The evening will also include awards presentations for excellence in public relations campaigns in 24 categories culminating in the reveal of Best in Show. Click here for more information and to register. 

Dana Vickers Shelley Named 2017 Educator of the Year

Morgan State University Faculty Member Honored With Best In Maryland Award

Public Relations Society of America Maryland Board of Directors announced its selection of Dana Vickers Shelley as its 2017 Public Relations Educator of the Year. A strategic communication faculty member at Morgan State University’s School of Global Journalism and Communication since 2014, Shelley will be formally recognized at PRSA Maryland’s “Best In Maryland” awards program on December 6.

“We are delighted to recognize Dana Vickers Shelley for preparing the next generation of public relations practitioners and industry leaders,” said Claudia Ciolfi, President of PRSA Maryland and Manager of Public Relations and Strategic Communications at Chesapeake Employers Insurance Company. “Her efforts this year resulted in the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) authorizing Morgan State University’s first Chapter, and underscore Dana’s commitment to guiding students from academic to professional success.”

Prior to Morgan State University, Shelley was director of public affairs for Southern Poverty Law Center, director of strategic communications at Annie E. Casey Foundation, and senior vice president at Fenton Communications and Edelman. Shelley has advised CEOs and senior leaders at Maryland-based organizations including Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers, Green and Healthy Homes Initiative, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

“I am deeply honored to be recognized by my colleagues in Maryland’s public relations industry with this award,” said Shelley. “Developing communicators whose advice and expertise will contribute to the success of enterprises and organizations in the future is most rewarding.”

Shelley holds an MPA in Executive Leadership from American University and a BA in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a member of PRSA-Maryland, American Association of University Women, National Association of Black Journalists, and Native American Journalists Association.

Also to be honored are Daniel Dunne, APR, as Lifetime Achievement recipient; Nancy Sherman, Caroline Center, as the inaugural recipient of the Paul E. Welsh Award; Molly Dressel, Abel Communications, as Rising Star; Maryland Auto Insurance Marketing and Communications Team as PR Team of the Year; and Coyle Studios as Partner of Distinction. Click here for more information on all our honorees. 

Awards will be presented at the PRSA Maryland 2017 Best in Maryland Gala on December 6 at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court. The evening will also include awards presentations for excellence in public relations campaigns in 24 categories culminating in the reveal of Best in Show. Click here for more information and to register. 

 

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