• The Central West Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association Presents “Image Awards Celebration: Mining for Diamonds”

    With Guest Speaker Durée Mellion Ross

    Wednesday, April 19 Ÿ The Francis

    This prestigious competition showcases the best practices and programs in the field of public relations.


    (Sarasota-Manatee, FL.) The Central West Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (CWC-FPRA) will recognize the area’s best work in public relations achievements at its “Image Awards Celebration: Mining for Diamonds,” Wednesday, April 19, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at The Francis, 1289 N. Palm Avenue, Sarasota. The local Image Awards competition is conducted annually to recognize outstanding public relations programs in the area and to encourage and promote the development of the public relations profession. Winners are recognized for their excellence in sound public relations research and planning as well as production, execution and evaluation of results, including budget. Tickets, which include a buffet lunch and silent auction, are $45 for FPRA members; $55 for guests. To register, visit www.cwcfpra.com.

    Guest speaker Durée Mellion Ross is an award-winning PR entrepreneur with a broad spectrum of experience spanning the corporate, agency and non-profit arenas for local, national and international clients. Her firm, Durée & Company, was selected in 2016 as a member of the Forbes Agency Council, an invitation-only organization for executives in successful public relations, media strategy, creative and advertising agencies. In this presentation, Durée will discuss her 20+ years in the PR business and share an inspirational story with insight and lessons.

     “We’re honored to recognize the best communicators in our area at this event,” says Elise Ramer, director of Image Awards for the CWC-FPRA, and a multi-Image Award winner. “The Image Awards have become a standard of public relations excellence in the state. Winners demonstrate the very best examples of innovation, planning and design.”

    The Central West Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association meets monthly for professional development luncheons and networking. Visit www.cwcfpra.com for the latest details.

    The Florida Public Relations Association is dedicated to developing public relations practitioners who, through ethical and standardized practices, enhance the public relations profession in Florida. The organization’s 16 professional and 12 student chapters provide professional development, networking and recognition opportunities for nearly 1,500 members across the state. FPRA is the nation’s oldest public relations organization, established by Lt. Col. John Dillin, APR, CPRC in 1938. For more information, visit www.fpra.org.