The 2011 Golden Trumpet Awards
The Publicity Club of Chicago, the premier communications industry association in Chicago, announced the year’s best of the best in Chicago public relations at the 52nd annual Golden Trumpet Awards last Friday, May 6 at The Palmer House Hilton in Chicago.
From community relations and special events to crisis PR and new media, Golden Trumpets were bestowed upon professionals to recognize excellence in planning, creativity and execution across 22 categories .
Two of Chicago’s most-beloved journalists, Peter Sagal, host of National Public Radio’s “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” and Dean Richards, WGN-TV ’s entertainment reporter and critic, joined members of PCC’s board of directors to present awards honoring the year’s most distinguished achievements in public relations and communications.
The climax of the event witnessed industry legends Susan Prather, APR of PratherPR and John LaSage of Burson-Marsteller accept their respective Lifetime Achievement Awards and the luncheon culminated in the presentation of the coveted top four honors:
- The Jeffrey D. Bierig Brand Builder Award – for the program most significantly enhancing and promoting a brand for an organization, product or service:
Museum of Science and Industry and Public Communications for “Museum of Science and Industry Seeks Roommate”
- The Elynore Dolkart Meserow Creativity Award – for exceptional creativity in a public relations program:
The Field Museum for “Golden Anniversary Celebration”
- The Edwin J. Shaughnessy Quality of Life Award – for the year’s foremost contribution to improving quality of life in society through public relations:
Little City Foundation for “Autism Awareness Integrated Communications Campaign”
- The Platinum Award – given to the year’s best overall public relations program:
Public Communications and Howard Brown Health Center for “A Lifeline for Howard Brown”
From downsizing and economic pressures to an evolving media climate – this has been a challenging year for our industry,” said Sue Markgraf, president of GreenMark Public Relations and president of PCC . “These impressive and inspiring results are evidence that Chicago’s PR community rose to the challenge to illustrate what our profession does best: entertain, educate and inspire.”
The 2011 Golden Trumpets Awards were chaired by David Bosch, communications director, Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network. The Awards annually draw hundreds of Midwest public relations and communications professionals and their clients.