LAKELAND, Fla., May 8, 2019 – Several awards were presented during the Florida Public Relations Association’s Dick Pope/Polk County chapter meeting April 17, 2019. A summary of achievements was presented by chapter Image Awards chair, Cindy Rodriguez and chapter president, Joe McLeod.
FPRA Local Image Awards
Joe McLeod and Chad McLeod, McLeod Communications, received a 2019 Local Image Award for a video the agency developed for the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches called Evan’s Story. The video – designed to educate potential donors about the mission of the Youth Ranches and inspire people to make donations – helped the organization raise more than $60,000 during the 4th quarter of the year. The entry also received a Judges’ Award, presented to entries that achieve maximum results while using a minimum amount of money. The FPRA Local Image Award is presented to the top-scoring entry in each category if the entry meets predetermined criteria of excellence set by the judges. This year’s entries were judged by the Tampa Bay FPRA Chapter.
The FPRA Local Image Awards competition is the precursor to FPRA’s Golden Image Awards. Conducted annually, the Local Image Awards competition provides public relations practitioners an excellent platform to be recognized in their home markets for their outstanding public relations tools and programs. The Local Image Awards competition also gives entrants insights for entering their work, if they choose, into FPRA’s statewide competition: the Golden Image Awards. The deadline to enter the Golden Image Awards is May 20, 2019. https://fpra.secure-platform.com/a/organizations/main/home
Dick Pope/Polk County Rising Leader Award
Cathryn Lacy, Lakeland Electric, was selected as the recipient for the Dick Pope/Polk County Chapter Rising Leader Award. This award is given to an “up and comer” who has become increasingly involved in the chapter’s leadership. Lacy has held several roles, including the director of communications, and now serves as the chapter’s vice president. Members describe her as always cheerful, intuitive, constantly seeking ways to improve the chapter, and always serving. Lacy will be the chapter’s nominee for the 2019 Joe Curley Rising Leader Award to be presented at the FPRA Annual Conference.
The Dick Pope/ Polk County Chapter of FPRA provides professional development, accreditation and certification, leadership opportunities, recognition, networking, and funding of educational and professional development programs for members. For information on the state organization, visit fpra.org.
The Dick Pope/Polk County Chapter of FPRA holds monthly meetings at Fresco’s (132 S. Kentucky Ave, Lakeland, Fl 33801) unless otherwise indicated. Members and guests are always welcome, but it is necessary to RSVP at FPRApolk.org or contact Brad Ruhmann at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your seat.