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PRSA-Maryland Recognizes Excellence in Public Relations in 2013 'Best In Maryland' Awards Gala

Winners Chosen in 25 Categories

BALTIMORE, Dec. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Public Relations Society of America Maryland Chapter saluted the state's top PR professionals on Thursday (Dec. 5) at a special gala at the Monaco Hotel Baltimore. 

This year's Best In Maryland award winners were chosen in 25 categories.  Top honors went to two leading communications experts – Helen Szablya, a nationally recognized Baltimore communications professional, who received the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award; and Lester R. Potter, an accredited business communicator and senior lecturer at Towson University, who was named PR Educator of the Year.

Jessica McKay, public affairs manager for Erickson Living, was named New PR Professional of the Year.

The PRSA-Maryland Lifetime Achievement Award honors a public relations professional whose career spans 15 years or more and who has exhibited extraordinary achievements, demonstrated outstanding leadership in the field of public relations and upholds the PRSA Code of Ethics. The PR Educator of the Year Award recognizes a PRSA member who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of public relations education through college or university teaching.

"At PRSA, we believe our members should be recognized for their hard work and major contributions in public relations," said PRSA-Maryland President Nneka Jenkins.  "Our Best in Maryland awards are presented annually to PR practitioners who, in the judgment of their peers, have successfully addressed a communications challenge with exemplary professional skill, creativity and resourcefulness.  It is with great joy that we salute this year's honorees."

Other 2013 Best In Maryland award winners are:

Annual Reports
Best In Maryland
2011 Community Benefit Annual Report of Kaiser Permanente MAS
Mayes Communications, Inc. and Strategic Design Studio

Award of Excellence
The Future Beckons
The Coordinating Center

Award of Excellence
Johns Hopkins HealthCare Program Reports
Johns Hopkins HealthCare, LLC

Magazines
Best In Maryland
Circuit Magazine
Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems

Award of Excellence
UrologyHealth extra
American Urological Association

Newsletters-Print
Best In Maryland
Maryland Lottery Retailer Report
Clapp Communications

Newsletters-Electronic
Best In Maryland
Mawrginalia
The Bryn Mawr School

PSAs
Award of Excellence
Diverging Diamond Interchange Opening
Maryland State Highway Administration

Special-Purpose Publications
Best In Maryland
2013 Scholarly Journals Catalog
Johns Hopkins University Press

Award of Excellence
Skeletons in the Closet: Indignities & Injustices in Medicine
American Urological Association

Story Placements
Best In Maryland
Zoning Process Flawed, Owner of Green Spring Station Says
Clapp Communications

Award of Excellence
Carroll Hospital Center featured in Carroll Magazine
Devaney & Associates, Inc.

Video
Best In Maryland
AUA Clinical Guidelines-Importance and Impact
American Urological Association

Award of Excellence
In Other Words
Johns Hopkins University Press

Award of Excellence
DJS-TV What's Going On
Maryland Department of Juvenile Services

Websites
Best In Maryland
KBE Building Corporation Website
IMPACT Marketing & Public Relations, LLC

Award of Excellence
Courtland Health and Hardware Website
A. Bright Idea, LLC

Mobile Apps
Best In Maryland
Don't Blow It
Crosby Marketing Communications, Inc.

Industry Specific Campaign
Best In Maryland
To-Do List (Updated!)
Maryland Port Administration

Award of Excellence
Car-Go
Maryland Port Administration

Grassroots Approach
Best In Maryland
511 Holiday Travel Promotion
Maryland State Highway Administration

Out-of-the-Box
Best In Maryland
Downtown Destiny, Bel Air Downtown Alliance
A. Bright Idea, LLC

Award of Excellence
"Rapping Super Bowl Seniors!"
Erickson Living

Blogger Campaign
Best In Maryland
Reaching a New Audience, a Blogger Campaign for Crescent OddJob
Rose Communications, Inc.

Community Relations
Best In Maryland
FOP & IAFF Community Outreach Initiatives
Clapp Communications

Award of Excellence
BGE Operation Oliver
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company

Crisis Communications
Best In Maryland
AUA Protests USPSTF PSA Recommendations
American Urological Association

Development or Fundraising
Best In Maryland
Volunteers of America Chesapeake: Operation Backpack
Clapp Communications

Institutional Programs
Best In Maryland
NACE Rebranding
National Association for Catering and Events/ Harrison Communications

Internal Communications
Award of Excellence
Weigh Your Options United Way Campaign
Johns Hopkins HealthCare, LLC

Integrated Marketing Communications
Best In Maryland
OLD BAY - Baytriotism Campaign
MGH, Inc.

Award of Excellence
BGE Smart Energy
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company

Award of Excellence
2012 Symphony of Lights Festivities
Bonnie Heneson Communications, Inc.

Public Service
Best In Maryland
BGE "Wires Down" Video Challenge
BGE & Weber Shandwick

Social Media/Viral Marketing
Award of Excellence
Monster Mash Lip Dub           Erickson Living

Special Event & Celebrations
Best In Maryland
OLD BAY - Baltimore Bill
MGH, Inc.

Award of Excellence
STXtreme Internship Contest
Abel Communications

Media Relations
Best In Maryland
A New Hospital for a New Era
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Award of Excellence
AUA Responds to USPSTF PSA Recommendations
American Urological Association

BEST IN SHOW
Special Event & Celebrations
Best In Maryland
OLD BAY - Baltimore Bill
MGH, Inc.

Formed in 1961, PRSA-Maryland brings together local leaders in public relations and communications, from all practice areas (individual practitioners, businesses, nonprofits, agencies and government).  With an organizational vision to unify, strengthen and advance the profession, PRSA-Maryland helps to build value and demand for public relations and communications.  The organization is the hub for local PR and communications pros to make contacts, gain recognition for work through our awards programs and sharpen skills by keeping abreast of emerging trends or through volunteer opportunities with the Chapter.

SOURCE PRSA-Maryland

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