Phoenix Public Relations Professional Group Announces 2016 Copper Anvil Award Winners
PRSA Phoenix also announced Phoenix, Percy award winners and student scholarship winners
PHOENIX – Sept. 12, 2016 -- The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Phoenix chapter awarded 38 awards during its annual Copper Anvil Awards, a program that recognizes outstanding public relations tactics and campaigns that reflect the highest standards of performance in public relations. During the event on Sept. 8, two additional awards of recognition and two student scholarships were presented.
The PRSA Phoenix chapter awarded Mary Beth Reisinger, Chief Administrative Officer at AAA Arizona, with the prestigious Phoenix Award, which recognizes a CEO, business leader or community leader who has elevated the best practices of public relations. The chapter has only bestowed the Phoenix Award 20 times in its history, including last year's winner Patrick Banger, Town Manager for Gilbert, Arizona.
The PRSA Phoenix chapter also awarded Susan de Queljoe, senior associate for marketing and communications for the Girl Scouts—Arizona Cactus-Pine Council, with the Percy Award. The award honors a professional who has demonstrated excellence in the practice of public relations, is an active supporter of PRSA Phoenix, and has made positive contributions to the Phoenix community. Since 1960, this prestigious award has been awarded to 38 Valley public relations practitioners.
Caitlin Bohrer and Savannah Harrelson, seniors at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, each received the chapter’s annual student scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each.
Of the 38 awards given, 11 were Copper Anvil Awards and 27 were Award of Merits. While both awards recognize excellence in public relations, the Copper Anvil Award is the highest honor bestowed by PRSA Phoenix followed by the Award of Merit. Finalists and award type are determined by the final point score given by the judging chapter.
2016 Copper Anvil Award winners:
2016 Award of Merit winners:
The Phoenix Chapter also recognized AAA Arizona’s corporate social responsibility entry, AAA Serves the Community, with the coveted Judges' Award, which is presented to the campaign or tactic that the reciprocating judging chapter felt best defined public relations excellence.
The event was made possible by annual chapter sponsor, APS in addition to event sponsors Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Clique Photo Station, Fingerpaint, Ideas Collide and Katz Concepts.
About PRSA Phoenix
The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) is the largest and most prominent organization dedicated to the professional development and advocacy of public relations practitioners. Founded in 1961, the Phoenix chapter is one of the largest in the nation, serving more than 300 PR and communications professionals in a variety of industries. PRSA Phoenix offers its members opportunities to advance their careers through events, awards programs, accreditation and a variety of skill-building resources. A 15-member board of directors governs the chapter. For more information on PRSA Phoenix visit prsaphoenix.org.