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    Local Public Relations Society Announces Winners of Annual Awards Competition

    NORFOLK, Va. – The Public Relations Society of America’s Hampton Roads Chapter (PRSAHR) announced the winners of its annual Pinnacle Awards competition at a lunch meeting on June 21 at Hilton Norfolk The Main. 

    Local public relations professionals competed in 23 categories, ranging from annual reports and newsletters to community relations and social media campaigns. Members of the PRSA Tampa Bay Chapter judged the entries. April Woodard, co-host of WTKR’s “Coast Live,” was the emcee. 

    The 2017 winners for programs and tactics are: 

    • The Port of Virginia and The Meridian Group: first place for annual reports ($5,000 and above) for “The Port of Virginia Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Report”
    • Hampton Roads Community Foundation: second place for annual reports ($5,000 and above) for “Community Connections – Annual Report” and second place for newsletters ($5,000 and above) for “Good Tidings”
    • Massimo Zanetti Beverage, USA and O’Brien et al: first place for media relations ($5,000 and above) for Compostable Single-Serve Launch
    • St. Mary’s Home and Brickell & Partners: first place for newsletters ($5,000 and above) for “Journeys”
    • Cox Communications Virginia: first place for reputation/brand management ($5,000 and above) for “Cox Virginia Economic Impact”
    • STIHL Inc. and Meridian Group: first place for special events ($5,000 and above) for the first STIHL Influencer Summit and best in show for the first STIHL Influencer Summit
    • St. Mary’s Home: first place for media relations ($4,999 and below) for St. Mary’s Prom
    • Eastern Virginia Medical School: first place for video programs ($4,999 and below) for EVMS My Story 2016 and first place for newsletters ($4,999 and below) for “EVMS eNews 2016” 

     

    In addition, Michaela Moreland was named the 2017 PRSAHR Rising Star, an award that honors a current member of PRSAHR who has worked in the public relations field for less than five years and has demonstrated a commitment to the field of public relations and an aptitude for leadership through his or her involvement in, and contributions to, the chapter. Moreland serves as a marketing and communication assistant for the Virginia Beach Public Library. Prior to joining the PRSAHR chapter, Moreland was an active member of Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) at Old Dominion University, where she served as secretary and treasurer. Since joining PRSAHR, she has been a dedicated volunteer for serving in a variety of capacities.

    About PRSA and Hampton Roads Chapter
    The Public Relations Society of America is the world's largest organization for public relations professionals. Its nearly 20,000 members represent business and industry, counseling firms, government, associations, hospitals, professional services firms and not-for-profit organizations. The PRSA Hampton Roads chapter serves public relations professionals throughout Hampton Roads with professional development programs, resources and services. It is the sponsoring chapter for the Public Relations Student Society of America chapters at Old Dominion University and Hampton University. For more information about PRSA Hampton Roads, visit www.prsahr.org.   

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