Local Public Relations Professionals Recognized with Image Awards
Annual awards program showcases the best practices and programs in the field of public relations
SARASOTA, FL – April 26, 2018 – The Central West Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (CWC-FPRA) recognized the area’s best work in public relations achievements at its “2018 Image Awards: Unmasking Greatness” on April 26 at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. 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 selected for their excellence in sound public relations research and planning as well as production, execution and evaluation of results, including budget.
The winners of the 2018 “Unmasking Greatness” Image Awards are:
Sharon Kunkel from Wordslinger Marketing & PR for the Community Day School – The Rebirth Campaign.
Laitin Schwerin of the Coldwell Banker Public Relations Team for the LBJ Texas Ranch Press Release.
Other winners included: Alyssa Holcomb and The Circus Arts Conservatory for their Advertising and Sponsorship Brochure; DeSoto County Board of County Commissioners, Discover DeSoto and Michael Taber for the Open for Business Social Media Campaign; KSC Incorporated and Ginger Broslat Communications for the 2017 FPRA Annual Conference; and Library Foundation for Sarasota for their “What eBook Would You Donate” Campaign.
Kim Livengood of The Eclipse Agency won The Joe Curley Rising Leader Award that identifies and honors up-and-coming individual FPRA members that demonstrate emerging leadership traits along with dedicated active involvement in FPRA Chapter activities, programs, functions and events.
“The Image Awards have become a standard of public relations excellence in the state,” says Elise Ramer, director of Image Awards for the CWC-FPRA, and a multi-Image Award winner. “We are proud to recognize our local chapters’ PR innovators and award-winners in planning, execution, and design.” Ramer adds that participation in the Image Awards is not required to enter at the statewide level for the FPRA’s Golden Image Awards; entries are due by May 21, 2018.
During the event, Emily Walsh, publisher of the Observer Media Group, spoke about turning mistakes into life lessons. Guests enjoyed champagne and “bundtlets” donated for the event by Nothing Bundt Cakes.
CWC-FPRA meets monthly for professional development luncheons and networking. More information can be found online at cwcfpra.com.
Winners recognized during the local public relations association Image Awards were (from l-r) Michael Taber, Discover DeSoto; Laitin Schwerin, Coldwell Banker; Alyssa Holcomb, The Circus Arts Conservatory; Ginger Broslat, Library Foundation of Sarasota; and Sharon Kunkel, Wordslinger Marketing & PR. Photo credit: Wendy Dewhurst
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 15 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.