Submitted by David Harrison, 2013 Best In MD Committee Chair
Come celebrate with us on December 5 as we breathe new life into an old PRSA MD tradition, the Best in Maryland Awards Gala.
Oh yeah — BIM is BACK!!
Our keynote speaker will be WBAL TV sports director and voice of the Baltimore Ravens Gerry Sandusky. And our evening will be emceed by former FOX morning anchor Jennifer Gladstone. And our evening will take place in the new and hip Hotel Monaco in Baltimore.
This year more than 50 submissions will vie for the Best in Maryland Awards, The Award of Excellence and Best in Show! Check out who’s nominated!
Come celebrate with us as Helen Szablya, a long time public relations pro and chapter leader is presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. We will also honor the Educator of the Year, and a New Professional of the Year.
And don’t miss this opportunity to network with your peers, new professionals and heavy hitters in the PR arena in Maryland. Hurry, register now, because seats are filling up and we are near capacity!
A Special Thanks to our Sponsors:
For sponsorship opportunities and table reservations, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
This year’s Best In Maryland reception was held at the 1840s Ballroom, a beautiful venue with outstanding service. Guest entered through a gated courtyard where staff directed them upstairs to the 1840s Carroll Salon. The evening started off with a chance to networking and dig into some delicious food and drink catered by Hunt Valley Catering.
The Best in Maryland awards portion was opened with a few words from Katie Mercado, our vice president and Best In Maryland co-chair, who welcomed everyone reminding us that this is the 50th anniversary of Best In Maryland. She gave us a quick recap of what Best In Maryland means to our chapter, and thanked the board of directors and the BIM committee for their hard work in planning this year’s reception. She also acknowledged Dave Imre of IMRE for his continuing support of PRSA Maryland, and our go-to photographer Bob Stockfield of Stockfield Photography. (Check out our photos of who came at Gallery of faces and who won at Gallery of awards photos.)
The awards were presented by Reagan Warfield of the Mix 106.5 Morning Show, who did a great job announcing the winners while delighting the crowd with his charm, and Katie Mercado, who handed out the awards to each winner (Katie got her picture taken quite a bit that night!). During the ceremony, Reagan pointed out that this year we added new categories and streamlined others making the competition tougher—and more interesting—than ever. Several of our categories had a large number of entries with Story Placement leading in number received. For a detailed list of all winners, go to 2011 Best In Maryland Award Winners!.
We then turned to the New Professional of the Year award. Eleni Polites from Weber Shandwick took this honor, a complete surprise for Eleni who had no idea she was even nominated. It was fun watching her realize she was the recipient as Reagan read her bio. And it was even better when she discovered we had been hiding her family in the corner where they waited eagerly for her chance to shine.
The Lifetime Achievement award was presented by Gene Bracken (the 2010 recipient) to Jacqueline Lampell of Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. Jacqui was nominated by her co-workers for her professionalism and dedication to excellence within her field. Her nomination was lauded by other seasoned professionals, especially Gene who was honored to present her with the award.
The final two awards of the evening were announced last. The Best Representation of Theme is presented to the entry that best exemplifies the current theme, and this year’s went to Baltimore Gas and Electric’s for BGE Smart Energy Savers Program Marketing.
The Best In Show is presented to the most outstanding entry in the Program category. This year, the honor went to Catholic Relief Services for their The Haiti Earthquake: Catholic Relief Services Responds to a Major Disaster. The crowd erupted into cheers when the announcement was made. John Rivera accepted the award on behalf of his staff, lauding their continuing dedication to the CRS mission.
After the awards presentation, the evening continued with an array of yummy desserts and the chance to continue the celebration.
Finally, we’d be negligent if we didn’t thank our judges—the Rochester Chapter of PRSA—who said they were impressed by quality of the entries. We thank them sincerely for their hard work.
Winners: Additional awards may be ordered by clicking here. All orders must be received by COB Wednesday July 6, 2011.
This year, the 2010 Best in MD Awards was held as a luncheon as part of the 2010 Chessie Awards. There were many excellent entries, but the entries from the awards winners truly stood out from the pack. They deserve all the accolades they received, and we again heartily congratulate all of the winners. Your hard work has paid off!
Here are the highlights of the afternoon:
2010 Best in Show
Maryland Lottery for American Classics
2010 Best Representation Theme Award
Crosby Marketing For PANDORA’s Introduction
2010 Lifetime Achievement Award
2010 New Professional Award
We also have a complete listing of 2010 Best in MD Awards winners on prsamd.org.
We’re so excited to announce the finalists for the 2010 Best in MD Awards! We’ve had some excellent entries this year, and the competition was tough, but here is who’s still in the running:
2010 Best in MD Awards Finalists
A. Bright Idea
Anne Arundel Medical Center
Barb Clapp Advertising and Marketing, LLC
CareFirst Blue Cross BlueShield
Devaney & Associates, Inc.
IWIF Workers’ Compensation Insurance
Mayes Communications Inc. & Strategic Design Studio
Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems
Notre Dame Preparatory School
Sky Design LLC
Of these finalists, two will be the recipients of the most coveted prizes: Best of Show and Best Theme.
This year’s presentation will take place as a luncheon during the 33rd Annual Chesapeake Conference. Will your agency/company receive one of these top prizes? Register for the Chessie conference now to find out. Follow us on twitter at #chessie10.
We’ve assembled some of the best speakers in the industry who can’t wait to impart their knowledge on hot topics such as social media, ROI/measurement, SEO, and more.
Full-day Chessie registrants will also receive a ticket to the awards luncheon, which will include a compelling presentation from the keynote speaker, Lisa A. Shenkle, President of VERB! Communications, that you don’t want to miss. If you don’t have time to attend the conference, remember that you can purchase Best in MD luncheon tickets separately. See you at the 2010 Best in MD Awards!
The winners of the 2009 Best in Maryland Awards competition were announced during the 32nd Annual Maryland Chesapeake Conference, held Oct. 6 at the Sheraton Baltimore North in Towson. The chapter awards recognize outstanding achievement in public relations using classic and new media. In all, 43 awards were presented, including the Best in Show Award, which honored Sandy Hillman Communications for the entry titled “2008 World Series of Poker.”
Lifetime Achievement Award
A highlight during the awards ceremony included the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award. This prestigious award was presented to Harry Bosk, APR, principal at Bosk Communications and director of PR and marketing at the Center for Integrative Medicine, UM School of Medicine, for exhibiting extraordinary achievement and outstanding leadership in the field of public relations throughout his career.
New Professional of the Year Award
Congratulations are in order for Katie Mercado, of A. Bright Idea, who was honored with the New Professional of the Year Award. Katie won the award for consistently demonstrating an understanding of the principles of PR; effectively supporting her company’s communications objectives; demonstrating ethical behavior in accordance with the PRSA Code of Ethics; and exhibiting conduct consistent with the highest standards of professionalism when dealing with clients and colleagues at all levels of her organization.
“On behalf of the entire chapter, I wish to congratulate all the award winners,” said Erika Murray, PRSA-Maryland Chapter President, during the awards ceremony. “The caliber of work that was submitted for awards was truly inspiring and deserving of public recognition.”