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    PRSAHR Announces Pinnacle Award Winners

    The Public Relations Society of America’s Hampton Roads Chapter (PRSAHR) has announced the winners of its annual Pinnacle Awards competition at a lunch meeting November 14 at the Norfolk Yacht and Country Club.

    Local public relations professionals competed in 21 categories, ranging from annual reports and newsletters to community relations and social media campaigns. Retired news anchor Joe Flanagan was the event’s master of ceremonies.

    Taking home 2018 Pinnacle Awards were:

    • Chrysler Museum of Art and the Meridian Group, award of excellence for special events.

    • The City of Norfolk, award of excellence for public service announcements; award of excellence for publications; award of merit for video programs

    • Cox Communications, award of merit for public service announcements; award of merit for special events.

    • Dare County, North Carolina, award of excellence for reputation/brand management; award of excellence for video programs, award of excellence for community relations.

    • Hampton Roads Community Foundation, award of excellence for annual reports; award of excellence for newsletters; best in show for regular entries for its annual report.

    • Liberty Tax, award of merit for social media.

    • LifeNet Health, award of merit for content marketing; award of merit for special events.

    • Norfolk Botanical Garden, award of merit for special events.

    • Norfolk State University, award of excellence for social media.

    • Old Dominion University Public Relations Student Society of America, award of excellence for special events; best in show for student entry.

    • Old Dominion University, award of merit for magazines.

    • Rotary Club of Norfolk and Erica Venezuela, award of merit for social media.

    • Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia, award of merit for annual reports.

    • STIHL and the Meridian Group, award of merit for content marketing.

    • The Port of Virginia and the Meridian Group, award of merit for annual reports.

    • Virginia Department of Transportation, award of merit for community relations.

    • Volvo Penta of the Americas, award of excellence for social media, award of excellence for media relations, award of merit for video programs.

    • Waterside District and NDP, award of excellence for community relations; award of excellence for special events.

    In addition to awards for programs and tactics, three public relations practitioners were honored for contributions to the profession and to the chapter.

    Megan Goldwasser of Norfolk, communications specialist at Norfolk Collegiate, received the Rising Star award. She joined PRSA in 2016 and has served on the chapter’s Professional Development Committee for two years. She previously worked as a writer and communications specialist in Atlanta.

    Susan T. Mayo of Virginia Beach, president of Susan T. Mayo Consulting, received the Member of the Year award.  Since 1986 she has served in many chapter roles, including 2018 sponsorship chair. Mayo dedicated more than 30 years of her career to Farm Fresh Supermarkets and has her own public relations agency.

    Mary Prier of Norfolk, APR, marketing manager for the City of Virginia Beach Department of Parks & Recreation, received the P. Lee Starkey Public Relations Professional of the Year award. Since 1991 she has had many roles in her PRSA chapter, serving as president in 2013. She has worked at Chesapeake General Hospital and the Tidewater Builder’s Association and was a reporter for the American Forces Korea Network as an Army specialist.


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