2016 PROTOS Awards Ceremony Celebrates Discovery of PR Excellence
Orange County’s public relations and marketing communications professionals honored out-of-the-box tactics and programs at the 41st annual Protos awards ceremony at Discovery Cube Orange County in Santa Ana on Friday, Sept. 23.
Brian Calle, opinion editor of the Southern California News Group, presented 26 award of excellence trophies and 21 top prize PROTOS awards in different categories presented by the Orange County Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (OC/PRSA).
This year’s awards program received 67 entries across 25 categories. The entries were judged by PR professions in Cincinnati, Ohio.
“The entries showcase how strategic, creative and hardworking the members of our PR and communications profession truly are,” OC/PRSA President Robin Wachner. “PROTOS, meaning ‘first’ and derived from ancient Greece, is our chapter’s highest honor and celebrates the best in PR and communications in Orange County annually.”
Reveille, Inc. and Discover Cube Orange County captured the “best in show” prize for the Discover Cube’s expansion program.
UC Irvine Office of Strategic Communications garnered the Organization Distinguished Service Award while Carolyn Mae Kim, APR, a faculty member at Biola University, won the Individual Distinguished Service Award.
Shining Star Emerging Leader awards were presented to Shirlena Hoang of Cal State Fullerton, Laura Daronatsy of Biola University and Pia Grace of Cal State Long Beach for their contribution to their respective PR student chapters.
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The event also paid a special honor to Randy Taylor of Taylor Digital for his decade-long service to OC/PRSA.
LUCCA and Provenance Executive Chef Cathy Pavlos, created a unique culinary experience based on her former background as an architect. The award-winning chef seamlessly infused that with her Mediterranean culinary heritage to satisfying heights.
Demonstrations reminded the savvy PR professionals the basic elements of science that provides the building blocks for physical creations as well as creating award-winning campaigns.
And NPI Band helped pump up the energy of a successful celebration of PR excellence.
The event was made possible through the support of these partners: Discovery Cube Orange County, Main Graphics, Classic Event and Tent Rentals along with table sponsors UC Irvine, Reveille, Inc., CommunicationsLAB, Brower Miller + Cole, Idea Hall and Master Plan Communications.