PRSA - Maryland Chapter - Public Relations Society of America


Congratulations to all the 2013 Best In Maryland Award winners!

On Thursday, December 5, the Maryland Chapter gathered at the Hotel Monaco Baltimore with colleagues to honor the best in PR. The evening included a special blend of entertainment and celebration beginning with a networking reception where attendees greeted colleagues, reconnected with old friends, and made plenty of new ones.Attendees then headed into the main room where they dined on a delicious fare before being thoroughly entertained by Gerry Sandusky, the voice of the Baltimore Ravens and sports director of WBAL TV.The awards portion got underway with Jennifer Gladstone former FOX morning anchor and owner of Gladstone Creative Media serving as the emcee. Awards were given in 25 categories including the coveted Best of Show. We also celebrated three individuals for their role in moving the profession forward as we presented the New Professional of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award and Educator of the Year.

Click here to see who was there! Pictures courtesy of The Write Image. To order copies, contact Harry Bosk at

And the winners are…

 Lifetime Achievement
Helen Szablya

Educator of the Year
Lester R. Potter, Towson University

 New Professional of the Year
Jessica McKay, Erickson Living

OLD BAY- Baltimore Bill, MGH, Inc.

 Annual Reports
Best In Maryland: 2011 Community Benefit Annual Report of Kaiser Permanente MAS, Mayes Communications, Inc. and Strategic Design Studio
Award of Excellence: The Future Beckons, The Coordinating Center
Award of Excellence: Johns Hopkins HealthCare Program Reports, Johns Hopkins HealthCare, LLC

Best In Maryland: Circuit Magazine, Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems
Award of Excellence: UrologyHealth extra, American Urological Association

Best In Maryland: Maryland Lottery Retailer Report, Clapp Communications

Best In Maryland: Mawrginalia, The Bryn Mawr School

Award of Excellence: Diverging Diamond Interchange Opening, Maryland State Highway Administration

 Special-Purpose Publications
Best In Maryland: 2013 Scholarly Journals Catalog, Johns Hopkins University Press
Award of Excellence: Skeletons in the Closet: Indignities & Injustices in Medicine, American Urological Association

 Story Placements
Best In Maryland: Zoning Process Flawed, Owner of Green Spring Station Says, Clapp Communications
Award of Excellence: Carroll Hospital Center featured in Carroll Magazine, Devaney & Associates, Inc.

Best In Maryland: AUA Clinical Guidelines-Importance and Impact, American Urological Association
Award of Excellence: In Other Words, Johns Hopkins University Press
Award of Excellence: DJS-TV What’s Going On, Maryland Department of Juvenile Services

Best In Maryland: KBE Building Corporation Website, IMPACT Marketing & Public Relations, LLC
Award of Excellence: Courtland Hearth and Hardware Website, A. Bright Idea, LLC

Mobile Apps
Best In Maryland: Don’t Blow It, Crosby Marketing Communications, Inc.

 Industry Specific Campaign
Best In Maryland: To-Do List (Updated!), Maryland Port Administration
Award of Excellence: Car-Go, Maryland Port Administration

 Grassroots Approach
Best In Maryland: 511 Holiday Travel Promotion, Maryland State Highway Administration

Best In Maryland: Downtown Destiny, Bel Air Downtown Alliance, A. Bright Idea, LLC
Award of Excellence: “Rapping Super Bowl Seniors!”, Erickson Living

Blogger Campaign
Best In Maryland: Reaching a New Audience, a Blogger Campaign for Crescent OddJob, Rose Communications, Inc.

Community Relations
Best In Maryland: FOP & IAFF Community Outreach Initiatives, Clapp Communications
Award of Excellence: BGE Operation Oliver, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company

 Crisis Communications
Best In Maryland: AUA Protests USPSTF PSA Recommendations, American Urological Association

Development or Fundraising
Best In Maryland: Volunteers of America Chesapeake: Operation Backpack, Clapp Communications

Institutional Programs
Best In Maryland: NACE Rebranding, National Association for Catering and Events/ Harrison Communications

 Internal Communications
Award of Excellence: Weigh Your Options United Way Campaign, Johns Hopkins HealthCare, LLC

 Integrated Marketing Communications
Best In Maryland: OLD BAY- Baytriotism Campaign, MGH, Inc.
Award of Excellence: BGE Smart Energy, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company
Award of Excellence: 2012 Symphony of Lights Festivities, Bonnie Heneson Communications

Public Service
Best In Maryland: BGE “Wires Down” Video Challenge, BGE & Weber Shandwick

Social Media/Viral Marketing
Award of Excellence: Monster Mash Lip Dub, Erickson Living

 Special Event & Celebrations
Best In Maryland: OLD BAY- Baltimore Bill, MGH, Inc.
Award of Excellence: STXtreme Internship Contest, Abel Communications

Media Relations
Best In Maryland: A New Hospital for a New Era, Johns Hopkins Medicine
Award of Excellence: AUA Responds to USPSTF PSA Recommendations, American Urological Association

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