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14291752_10154068801428003_3242772682861859481_nLast night, @PRSAPhoenix celebrated the #CopperAnvil Awards! 

Earning a Copper Anvil Award – or the similarly coveted Copper Anvil Award of Merit – is regarded as one of the highest honors for Arizona #PR practitioners. Over the years, the Copper Anvil Awards have recognized hundreds of winning programs throughout the state that have solved problems, changed opinions and created business opportunities.

The event, chaired by long-time HMA friend Bridget Daly and hosted by Catherine Anaya, was themed “PRogress.” Both Abbie and I volunteered our time on the event committee this year (since it is impossible to tell Bridget “no!”), and HMA has been headquarters to the menagerie of scholarship auction and raffle packages collected for the event over the past few months.

Thanks to the raffle and auction, we are able to present scholarships each year to individuals pursuing their careers in public relations. This year’s scholarship winners are:

  • Caitlin Bohrer, a senior pursuing a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and a certificate in cales and marketing essentials with a minor concentration in business from the W.P. Carey School of Business. Bohrer has interned in a variety of capacities, including Cramer-Krasselt's Phoenix office, Banner Health, and Boys and Girls Clubs of the East Valley. She also volunteers her time as an advisory committee member for TruWest Credit Union, providing expertise and advice on how to improve the credit union's marketing strategies to millennials.jgjhfg
  • Savannah Harrelson, a senior at Arizona State University, studying public relations and nonprofit leadership at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and Barrett Honors College. Harrelson currently serves as director of public relations for ASU’s Undergraduate Student Government Downtown and previously worked as an intern for Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton’s Office, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America and Visit Phoenix. Harrelson hopes to work in public relations and communications for a non-profit organization.

In addition to our scholarship winners, AAA Arizona chief administrative officer Mary Beth Reisinger was honored with the Chapter’s Phoenix Award, which recognizes a CEO, business leader or community leader outside of the public relations, marketing and advertising industries for supporting and elevating the best practices of public relations.

Speaking of winners, we were, of course, honored to take home awards for our work. But, the real fun of the event was celebrating EVERYONE’S success. Congrats to all the night’s honorees:

The most exciting part of the night?

That’s easy – when PRSA Phoenix surprised former chapter president and long-time public relations leader Susan de Queljoe (who happens to be a client, long-time friend to all of us AND Abbie’s PRSA master sig co-chair/partner in crime) with the Percy Award. The Percy Award is the highest award bestowed by the chapter. It is earned by a professional who has demonstrated excellence in the practice of public relations, is an active supporter of PRSA Phoenix and who has made positive contributions to the Phoenix community. The Award is only given when a panel of past recipients agrees on a deserving practitioner. The award has been bestowed only 38 times in the past 56 years. Well, until last night when de Queljoe made it 39!

If you were there last night – thanks for hanging with us and celebrating our profession until well after our bed time on a Thursday night! If you were, you were missed.

Either way, here are some fun photos from the night’s festivities!



Alison Bailin
Alison Bailin
Senior Account Executive Alison has a lot to say…about pretty much everything...all the time. From the current state of public relations to the social media impact on Shark Week to crisis communications in the sports world, Alison’s blogs are focused on “amusing through her PR musings,” and then some. Check out Alison's full bio

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