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PRSA Maryland Chapter Bestows 44 “Best in Maryland” and Professional Awards

Best in Show Winners: Pictured left to right are: Chuck Fitzgibbon, Weber Shandwick, and members of Chesapeake Employers Insurance’s  Communications team:  Jim Taylor; Claudia Ciolfi; Dianna Fornaro, APR; Donna Wilson; Meaghan Yurek; Carolyn Gutermuth; and Archie Johnson.

The Public Relations Society of America Maryland Chapter (PRSA MD) presented its 2018 Best in Maryland awards December 11. Best in Maryland showcases exemplary efforts in public relations, communications, and marketing by PR firms, solo practitioners, marketing agencies, associations, and corporate communications teams. Kate Amara, reporter, and Barry Simms, I-Team reporter, both at WBAL-TV in Baltimore, emceed the Best in Maryland Gala and Holiday Party, December 11, at Martin’s West in Baltimore.

The 2018 Best in Show, the top BIM winner from all categories, was awarded to the Towson-based Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company for its, “Let’s Work to Reduce Opioid Addiction Now” reputation/brand management campaign.

Best in Maryland is the top award in each category, followed by the Awards of Excellence, if appropriate. The following are winners in the PR campaigns category:

Community Relations
Award of Excellence: Hope Lives Here Fundraising Program, Chase Brexton Health Care and  Devaney & Associates

Crisis Communications
Best in Maryland: Hurricane Harvey & Irma Response, Erickson Living

Events and Observances fewer than 7 days
Best in Maryland: Sheetz Launches Made-to-Order Cafe in Charlottesville, Planit
Award of Excellence: Beyond Bars 25th Anniversary commemoration, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland

Events and Observances more than 7 days
Best in Maryland: Belair Road Supply Centennial Anniversary, Clapp Communications

Integrated Communications
Best in Maryland: Integrace Brand Awareness Campaign, Integrace and Devaney & Associates
Award of Excellence: New Laws Campaign, Maryland Auto Insurance

Internal Communications
Best in Maryland: Be a Customer Service Superhero, Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company
Award of Excellence: 2017 Employee Engagement, Building a Better Workday, LifeBridge Health

Marketing
Best in Maryland: We Love Lifting You Higher, BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport and Weber Shandwick
Award of Excellence: BGE Lighting Discount Campaign, BGE

Multicultural
Best in Maryland: New Laws Campaign, Maryland Auto Insurance

Public Service
Best in Maryland: Raising Awareness of the Maryland Poison Center, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
Award of Excellence: Annual Check-Up Campaign, Carroll Hospital and Devaney & Associates
Award of Excellence: New Laws Campaign, Maryland Auto Insurance

Reputation/Brand Management
Best in Maryland: Let’s Work to Reduce Opioid Addiction Now, Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company

The following are the winners in the category of PR components:

Advertorials
Best in Maryland: Spanish-language Advertorials, Maryland Auto Insurance

Annual Reports
Best in Maryland: Building Stronger Connections – 2016 Annual Report, Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company
Award of Excellence: Maryland/DC 2017 Annual Impact Report, The Nature Conservancy in Maryland/DC

Blogs
Best in Maryland: Flooding the Swamp: Pocomoke Restoration, The Nature Conservancy in Maryland/DC
Award of Excellence: Van Eperen Voices, Van Eperen

Creative Tactics – Assoc/Nonprofit/Govt
Best in Maryland: Maryland Auto Minute, Maryland Auto Insurance

Editorial/Op-Ed Columns/Story Placement
Best in Maryland: Don’t Trash Maryland, Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration
Award of Excellence: Private Sector Solutions, Public Sector Challenges, Greater Baltimore Committee
Award of Excellence: Voice of America, Van Eperen

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

Media Relations – Assoc/Nonprofit/Govt
Best in Maryland: Integrace Media Relations Campaign, Devaney & Associates
Award of Excellence: The Investment Gap in Spending on Infrastructure, American Society of Civil Engineers & News Generation, Inc.

Media Relations – For Profit
Best in Maryland: Charm City Bluegrass Festival, Planit
Award of Excellence: Supporting PC44 and Maryland’s Electric Vehicle Goals, Baltimore Gas and Electric
Award of Excellence: CBRB Mid-Atlantic President Media Tour, Clapp Communications

Publications
Award of Excellence: 2018 Scholarly Journals Catalog, JHU Press Journals Division

Social Media – Assoc/Nonprofit/Govt
Best in Maryland: “Victories for Veterans” Social Media Video Series, Crosby Marketing Communications
Award of Excellence: Securing America’s Future: The Power of Liberal Arts Education, Van Eperen and Council of Independent Colleges

Social Media – For Profit
Best in Maryland: Powering Lives Through Corporate Citizenship, BGE

Videos
Best in Maryland: SPARK Incubator – JPEO-CBRND, A. Bright Idea
Award of Excellence: Overcoming Opioids, Maryland Public Television

Websites
Best in Maryland: ForYourMarriage.org Relaunch, Crosby Marketing Communications

Click here to read winning entries summaries.

Professional and leadership awards were also given and include:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Pattie Yu, nationally recognized communications counselor and founder of Maryland PR agency, The Yu Crew
  • Educator of the Year Award – Tania Rosas-Moreno, Ph.D., associate professor of Communication at Loyola University Maryland
  • Rising Star Award – Catherine Gordon, associate, Client Experience, Weber Shandwick, Baltimore
  • PR Team of the Year Award – Lisa Brusio Coster, president of Coster Communications, and Dorothy Fuchs-Yeager, president of Purple Dot PR
  • Partner of Distinction Award – Mariner Management & Marketing in Columbia, MD, an association management firm that has been servicing PRSA MD for 13 years

Click here to read more on our professional award honorees.

The 2018 sponsors were Coster Communications, Purple Dot PR, Coyle Studios, Lisa Fargnoli, and In Tandem Design.

Click here to see who was there.

About PRSA Maryland
The Maryland Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA Maryland) helps public relations and communications professionals stay connected professionally and personally. As part of the nation’s largest and foremost organization of communication professionals, PRSA Maryland offers networking, training, resources and support to assist members in practicing public relations at the speed of communication. Click here to learn more.

Call for Nominations for Professional Awards is Open!

The Best in Maryland Awards program is not just about the call for entries. The Professional Awards are a major part of the program, honoring new and seasoned PR pros for their individual contributions and successes. You can be part of this by submitting a nomination in one or more of the following categories …

Lifetime Achievement – PRSA Maryland’s top award recognizes long-time PR pros who have exhibited extraordinary achievements and demonstrated outstanding leadership in the field. Past LT winners include Louise Lake Hayman, APR, Fellow PRSA; Ralph Crosby; Bonnie K. Heneson; Helen Szablya; Jody Aud, and more. Help us continue this tradition by submitting your choice for this top honor.

PR Team Award – We all know that most great PR programs are a team effort. This is a chance to honor your high-performing communications team for its outstanding support of your clients’ and your organization’s communications objectives. New last year, it was a tough competition with Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company taking home the honor. Nominate your team and be the second to receive this award.

Rising Star (formerly New Professional of the Year) – This award is like a jump start to those just starting out in PR or communications by honoring their dedication and commitment to being the best. This year, we’ve extended the requirement from three or fewer years to five or fewer years, which should make it even more competitive. This category heats up so don’t delay.

Educator of the Year – Educators are an integral part of our industry building strong public relations/communications programs and inspiring PR pros of tomorrow. This award is for those teachers/professors who go above and beyond that task. Past recipients include educators from Loyola University Maryland, Towson University and Stevenson University. There are many more great programs out there; nominate your favorite teacher.

Partner of Distinction – Let’s not forget another important team member – our vendors. This award honors those organizations which through their services have shown overwhelming support of a public relations/communications program or the profession as a whole. They go above and beyond to make your program a success. Let us know who they are by submitting a nomination.

And our newest award named in honor of past Chapter president and long-time PRSA member …

Paul E. Welsh Award – We can’t forget our colleagues that are mid-career stars. This award honors PR pros who are successful in the field with at least 10 years’ experience. Paul E Welsh is credited with creating our state’s nickname, “America in Miniature.” What better way to honor the past and the present.

Click here for more information and nomination forms!

 


Sponsorship Opportunities … 

Want to show your support of these awards while getting in front of the Maryland PR community?  Become a PROFESSIONAL AWARDS HOST. Not only will you be featured on the PRSA Maryland Web site and in 2017 BIM magazine (new this year), you’ll also present the awards during the 2017 Best in Maryland Gala on December 6 at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court.

Not interested in being an awards host? We also plenty of other sponsorship and advertising opportunities. Click here for a full list.

Best in Maryland Sponsors to date …

 

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2017 Best in Maryland Call for Entries is here!

What makes a winner “Best in Maryland”?

 

Best (adj): of the most excellent or desirable type or quality.

Best in Maryland winner (noun): a superior PR professional that nailed it!

Does this sound like you? Then you’ll be happy to hear that the 2017 Best in Maryland Call for Entries is now open!

The Best in Maryland awards celebrates the diverse and unique work in our area. PR professionals who have creatively navigated a communications challenge with precision and ingenuity are encouraged to enter any number of categories including:

  • Community Relations
  • Crisis Communications
  • Integrated Communications
  • Pro Bono
  • Public Service
  • Social Media
  • And so, so much more!

Click here for more information!

Who will be the “Best in Maryland?” That’s for the judges – the members of PRSA Central California Chapter – to decide. Let’s show them what the Best in Maryland can do.

We are also accepting nominations for our Professional Awards! Categories include …

  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Rising Star
  • PR Team Award
  • Educator of the Year
  • Partner of Distinction

And our newest award for PR pros with a minimum of 10 years experience …

  • Paul E. Welsh (NEW)

Nominate someone today! Click here for more information.

And be sure to mark your calendar for December 6 and join us for the party of the year – Best in Maryland Awards Gala. This year, we’re headed to the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court in Baltimore.

Early bird prices end on August 29th. Final deadline is September 12th

A Special Thanks to our Sponsors…

Design – Devaney & Associates

Photography – Coyle Studios

 

Nominate a Professional, a PR Team, an Educator, or Supplier for 2016 Awards

 

Each year we shine the light on the professionals who make our profession sparkle. Who should we recognize this in 2016?

We offer 5 professional awards, including a brand new one this year to recognize PR Teams. The Lifetime Achievement honors a professional who has exhibited extraordinary achievements and demonstrated outstanding leadership in the field of public relations over a career spanning 15 years or more. Last year Ralph Crosby, Crosby Marketing Communications, received the award. New Professional of the Year goes to an outstanding professional who in their first three years shows an uncanny grasp of PR and a commitment to the profession. Josie Hankey with Fallston Group captured the award in 2015.

We’ve added a new award this year which underscores the truth that most great PR programs are a team effort. This year we announce the PR Team Award and are looking for a robust competition for we know there are many winning teams in Maryland.

Our successful PR professionals have many supporters and partners including educators and business suppliers. Two awards provide our members with an opportunity to call out these sometimes “unsung heroes.” The Educator of the Year offers a chance to thank and recognize the professionals who prepare our next generation. In 2015, Cylor Spaulding, Ph.D., then at Towson University, earned accolades for his dedication. The Partner of Distinction celebrates the profession’s partners – a vendor or supplier recognized for outstanding support of a public relations/communications program or the profession as a whole. Erickson Living received the 2015 award.

So, who do you know that we should shine the spotlight on? Nominees do not need to be a PRSA-MD member to be nominated. You can get check out the application, past winners and more details at PRSA MD Professional Awards. Hurry – our deadline is October 15, 2016.

The Awards will be presented at the Best in Maryland Gala on December 8. We will also be announcing all the Best in Maryland Awards and are pleased to share that Susan Goldberg Editor in Chief of National Geographic is our keynote.

Questions? Contact us!

Thank You to Our Chapter Sponsors

Thank You to Our Chapter Sponsors