PR industry names PRoof Award winners
The public relations industry recently honored the best work in the region during the PRoof Awards at the CityFlatsHotel ballroom.
The annual awards event by the West Michigan Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America recognizes the year’s best PR programs, projects and people in the region.
WMPRSA works to advocate for PR in the region. The organization’s mission is to help PR pros "develop and sustain the essential knowledge, skills and standards that will reinforce their integral role in the effective management of organizations.”
PRoof PRemier Award
PRoof Awards in all categories are automatically considered for the PRoof PRemier Award, which is awarded for the finest example of PR programming.
This year, two entries earned perfect scores and received the PRoof PRemier Award.
Lambert Edwards & Associates in Grand Rapids received the award for “SNAK Attack!” and Ada-based Amway received the honor for “Collaboration Anytime, Anywhere!”
Inventure Foods, or SNAK, hired LE&A to help it with its investor relations and PR as the company completed two major acquisitions and 10 product introductions across five brands.
LE&A launched an integrated “SNAK Attack!” campaign to proactively stimulate investment community awareness of SNAK’s financial performance, acquisitions and new products.
The campaign resulted in more than 94 million media impressions, 118 meetings with the investment community, analyst coverage initiation and new institutional shareholders.
Amway’s “Collaboration Anytime, Anywhere!” campaign was produced to help the company through a major IT change, transitioning its email system and implementing a complementary suite of real-time collaboration tools.
Amway faced the significant challenge of how to effectively communicate the change at both a strategic and personal level to more than 20,000 office and manufacturing employees around the globe, while minimizing the impact on its business operations during the six-month migration process.
PR Professional of the Year
Dr. Tim Penning, APR, Grand Valley State University
Communicator of the Year
Mayor George Heartwell, mayor, Grand Rapids
Tami Vandenberg, co-owner of the Meanwhile Bar and Pyramid Scheme and executive director of the Well House
Newcomer of the Year
Carl Apple, Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids
Student of the Year
Audra Hartges, Grand Valley State University
Morgan Yingst, Grand Valley State University
Media Person of the Year
Tommy Allen, Rapid Growth Media
Community Relations: Nonprofit
Gold: Spectrum Health, Betty Ford Breast Care Services
Silver: 834 Design, UCC community relations
Events and Observances: Seven or Fewer Days
Gold: Spectrum Health, Betty Ford Breast Care Services for Candid Conversations and Ribbon of Hope
Gold: Lambert Edwards & Associates, Moose Tracks 10,000 Scoop Challenge
Silver: Grand Valley State University, Seidman Center dedication
Silver: Cornerstone University, “Little Shop”
Events and Observances: More Than Seven Days
Silver: Seyferth PR, HopCat grand opening
Marketing Consumer Services
Gold: McLoughlin Communications, Cherry Street Health Services, Affordable Care Act
Gold: Amway, “Collaboration Anytime, Anywhere!”
Gold: Lambert, Edwards & Associates, “SNAK Attack!”
Multicultural Public Relations
Silver: 834 Design, UCC multicultural PR program
Silver: Davenport University, dedication of its Lansing campus
Silver: 834 Design, UCC multicultural PR program
Silver: McLoughlin Communications, Cherry Street Health Services, Affordable Care Act
Gold: Davenport University, volunteer income tax assistance program
Silver: Cornerstone University, “Lawsuit”
Silver: Haworth, Beijing showroom
Silver: Grand Valley State University, Hauenstein Center investment
Gold: Amway, Busan International Film Festival press conference
Gold: Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids, Introducing the new bishop
Silver: Grand Valley State University, Health campus press conference
Gold: Allstate, Holiday hazard prevention PSA
Gold: Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids, Episcopal ordination and installation
Gold: Cornerstone University, social media at Cornerstone
Silver: Grand Valley State University, Campus life on Instagram
Silver: Grand Valley State University, “Through the Decades”
Silver: Grand Valley State University, “Brick by Brick”
Gold: Cornerstone University, Teaching English as a second language Prague video
Silver: Grand Valley State University, “Annis Water Resource Institute”
Silver: Grand Valley State University, “Around Grand Valley Tour”
Gold: Grand Valley State University, Cyril Lixenberg exhibition
Gold: Cornerstone University, “Christmas Cribs”
Gold: Catholic Grand Rapids Diocese, FAITH Grand Rapids
Silver: Grand Valley State University, Grand Valley Magazine
Gold: Amway, Media guide
Gold: Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, "America’s Garden of Art" book
Silver: Experience Grand Rapids, GRCityTwist.com
Silver: Cornerstone University
Silver: Davenport University