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2018 Niagara Award Winners Announced

The Northwestern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) has announced winners for the 5th Annual Niagara Awards. The Niagara Awards recognize the best communication practitioners, campaigns and tactics in the region.

The winners will be announced at the Niagara Awards Reception ‪on Thursday, November 15 at Brewerie at Union Station. The event runs from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. and costs $25 for members, $35 for non-members. Pricing for tables of eight and four are also available. This year’s emcee is Brian Hannah, host of WQLN’s Classics with Brian Hannah.

All entries were judged by PR professionals outside of the Erie region. This year’s contest included 10 different judges.

The 2018 winners include:

  • Allegheny College
  • Diocese of Erie
  • Erie Bar Association
  • Erie Community Foundation
  • Erie Insurance
  • Erie SeaWolves
  • Edinboro University Center for Branding and Strategic Communication
  • Edinboro University PRSSA
  • General McLane School District
  • Achievement of Northwestern Pa.
  • NAMI of Erie County
  • Penn State Behrend
  • Room 33
  • Stevens Strategic Communications
  • UPMC Hamot
  • WCTL – Faith, Family, Fun

The organizations will be honored with either gold or silver Niagara Awards. In addition to the Best of Show winner, the event will also honor the Community Relations Person of the Year, Broadcast Journalist of the Year, Print Journalist of the Year, Public Relations Person of the Year, the Digital Media Person of the Year and the first-ever PR Student of the Year. Winners include Linda Stevenson, Lisa Adams, Sarah Grabski, Greg Coleman and Marcus Atkinson.

This year’s PR Student of the Year winner is Mason Kuhr. A Brooklyn, Ohio native, Kuhr is a Junior at Edinboro University majoring in Communication Studies with three minors in Public Relations Branding and Imaging, Leadership Studies, and Journalism. He currently serves as the publicity chair for Edinboro University Players and Publicity/Secretary for Applied Communicators of Edinboro (ACE). Kuhr is also an active member of Edinboro’s community theater program and Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honor Society, as well as a former volunteer for the Youth Program Director for Camp Butler’s National Youth Leadership Training Staff.

In partnership with Erie Insurance, the Northwestern Pennsylvania Chapter of PRSA provided an opportunity for local college students to apply public relations fundamentals to a realistic scenario and demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed to plan, organize, implement and evaluate a single public relations campaign.

Kuhr will be awarded a $500 cash award and be named the PR Student of the Year for the PRSA NWPA Chapter at the Annual Niagara Awards.

Individuals can register for this year’s event online by visiting: https://goo.gl/forms/V4I801njKGyMTb5B2.

SPONSORSHIP INFORMATION

Niagara Sponsorship: $1,000

  • Four (4) Niagara Award Entries
  • Includes eight (8) tickets to VIP Party and event
  • Corporate Name & Logo on all event publicity.
  • Mention in all pre-event advertising & PR including press releases, social media, and event invitations as main sponsor of the Niagara Awards.
  • Corporate signage display at Niagara Awards event.
  • Verbal recognition as main sponsor of event by event MC.
  • Opportunity to present an award at the event.

Commodore Perry Sponsorship: $500

  • Three (3) Niagara Award Entries
  • Includes four (4) tickets to VIP Party and event
  • Mention in PR including press releases and social media as a sponsor of the Niagara Awards.
  • Corporate signage display at Niagara Awards event.

Admiral Sponsorship: $250

  • Two (2) Niagara Award Entries
  • Includes two (2) tickets to VIP Party and event
  • Mention in PR including press releases, social media, and event program as sponsor of the Niagara Awards.
  • Corporate signage display at Niagara Awards event.

Schooner Sponsorship: $125

  • One (1) Niagara Award Entry
  • Includes one (1) ticket to VIP Party and event
  • Corporate signage display at Niagara Awards event.

For more information on sponsorships, contact Michele King at kingm@lcbalife.org.

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