Lexington’s PRSA Thoroughbred Chapter Announces Communicator of the Year, Communications Excellence Awards

Lexington’s PRSA Thoroughbred Chapter Announces Communicator of the Year, Communications Excellence Awards

By Holly Wiemers

LEXINGTON, Ky., (June 5, 2024) – The Lexington, Kentucky based Thoroughbred Chapter of Public Relations Society of America has named Devine Carama, director of ONE Lexington, community activist and hip hop artist, as its 2024 Communicator of the Year. The award recognizes a person who is not a public relations professional but who did an outstanding job of communicating during the past year.

This award and others recognizing communications excellence will be presented at a ceremony hosted by the PRSA Thoroughbred Chapter on June 18 at 5:30 p.m. at Pasta Garage’s Banchetto 972, 972 Delaware Ave. in Lexington. The event is open to attend. Tickets can be purchased at www.kyprsa.org/event/june-awards-event.

In addition to the award for Communicator of the Year, three area communications professionals will also be recognized for their remarkable accomplishments. Those winners include Megan Moloney with the Career Achievement Award, Andrea Gils Monzón with the Communications Impact Award and Mallory Olson with the Rising Star Award.

“As the leading professional organization serving the communications community, PRSA is fortunate to have and thrilled to recognize such tremendous talent right here in Central Kentucky,” said Katie Neal, president of the PRSA Thoroughbred Chapter.

Communicator of the Year

Carama was nominated by members of the Thoroughbred Chapter’s board in recognition of his impact on the Lexington community. He is a 2022 Emmy Award-winning hip-hop artist, educator, community activist and motivational speaker from Lexington. He is also the director of ONE Lexington, the Lexington Mayor’s youth gun violence reduction program, which has launched several new initiatives in its first year under his direction. Additionally, he is the founder and director of a youth-focused nonprofit organization called Believing In Forever, Inc.

Carama was voted “Best Lexingtonian” in Smiley Pete’s inaugural “Best of Lex,” appearing on the cover of Chevy Chase and The Southsider in April 2024. He was also named among the top four musicians in Lexington. Additionally, he was awarded the 2024 MLK Jr. Unity Award.

“Devine Camara is a visionary leader, creative catalyst and community builder. His message of hope, peace, non-violence and community support is inspiring and omnipresent across the city – and evident in many ways,” Neal said. “No one is more deserving of being called Communicator of the Year given the impact he has on the people of Lexington every day.”

Nominators point to statistics showing a decrease in gun violence through his organization’s efforts. They also highlight the success of Believing in Forever’s annual winter coat collection, which has resulted in more than 15,000 coats being collected for children in Central and Eastern Kentucky in the past eight years.

Blending community activism and art, Carama recently released his book, Pages Full of Rhymes, which chronicles his 20-year rap career through 100 thought-provoking, revolutionary, personal and poetic verses from his music catalog. He talks about his writing process, the grind of being an indie artist and how this beautiful culture not only helped him find his purpose but created a platform to advocate for social change.

Career Achievement Award

Megan Moloney, vice president of marketing and communications at Transylvania University, was named recipient of the Career Achievement Award, an award recognizing someone who is a current member of the PRSA Thoroughbred Chapter or who has been a member in the past five years who has more than 15 years of experience and has demonstrated a commitment to excellence.

Since joining Transylvania University in 2018, Moloney has led efforts to expand their outreach and public relations efforts. Leading a small team of creatives, including writers, designers, content creators and marketers, Moloney has focused on raising the university’s profile in the community and nationally.

Under her leadership, Transylvania’s Marketing and Communications team has been recognized with 24 awards in the last three years, including one best-of-show and 14 Gold awards at the Educational Advertising Awards and the Collegiate Advertising Awards. Notably, the 1780 blog, which Moloney launched in 2018, has received six gold awards in each of the three years it has been entered.

Prior to her position at Transylvania University, Moloney had a multi-decade career in federal government communications, including with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, the U.S. Secret Service and the White House.

Communications Impact Award

Andrea Gils Monzón, founder & CEO of Shiftmakers Consulting, was named as recipient of the Communications Impact Award. The award recognizes someone at the mid-level range in their career, doing outstanding work in the profession, with five to 15 years of PR/communications experience.

Through her visionary leadership and unwavering commitment to excellence, Gils Monzón has not only set new benchmarks within the public relations industry but has profoundly impacted its strategic direction with her multicultural insights and expertise.

Over the past 12 years in the U.S., Gils Monzón has leveraged her deep understanding of diverse cultural dynamics to drive meaningful engagement across various organizations and communities, enhancing the inclusivity and global reach of her initiatives. Her career has been guided by her deep commitment to diversity, education and ethical practices, earning her extensive recognition. Her innovative approaches to integrating AI, coupled with her dedication to inclusivity and ethics, have reshaped public relations practices to effectively address the needs of an increasingly globalized society.

Additionally, her leadership has transformed PRSA’s strategic direction and set new standards for inclusivity and professional integrity in the industry. Gils Monzón has held numerous volunteer leadership roles within PRSA at the local and national levels. Previously, as co-chair of the PRSA National Diversity & Inclusion Committee, she spearheaded the first three-year strategic diversity and inclusion plan. She has served on the PRSA National Board since 2023.

Rising Star Award

Mallory Olson, media relations manager at TimelyCare, was named as recipient of the Rising Star Award, an award recognizing someone new to the field, with two to five years in a PR or communications role.

At TimelyCare, Olson is an integral part of the strategic communications team, serving as the primary point of contact for journalists and oversees the company’s awards program.

Olson began her career as a TV news journalist, having worked as a reporter and weekend news anchor in State College, Pennsylvania, and Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In August 2019, the University of Kentucky hired Olson for her first public relations role as a PR officer. In the three years she worked at UK, she focused on enterprise storytelling for a variety of UK and UK HealthCare entities.

In July 2022, Olson joined the team at TimelyCare, higher education’s most trusted health and well-being provider, as the second person hired in the strategic communications department. There she has seen tremendous success and professional growth as a rising star in the industry.

Additional information about the PRSA Thoroughbred Chapter, including membership, is available at www.kyprsa.org.

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Foundation Marketing & Communications Coordinator

About The Foundation for the Horse
Established in 1994, The Foundation for the Horse is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to improving the welfare of the horse through Education, Research, and help for Horses at Risk. It is governed and stewarded by world-renowned equine veterinarians and equine stakeholders. In 2022, and for the second consecutive year, The Foundation awarded over $1 million in scholarships and grants to impact equine health and well-being throughout the U.S. and developing countries. To learn more, visit www.foundationforthehorse.org.

Position Summary

As part of a dynamic team, the Foundation Marketing & Communications Coordinator will be responsible for the development and execution of marketing and public relations endeavors for The Foundation for the Horse, the 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable arm of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP).

In this full-time role, you will have the ability to directly impact the welfare of horses through The Foundation.

This individual will work directly with the Director of Industry Relations and the team to support their efforts and elevate the messaging of The Foundation.

This position is key to The Foundation’s emphasis on communicating effectively with its various constituencies, including donors, prospects, volunteers, and the equine industry at large. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Branding and Messaging
    • Develops The Foundation’s brand narrative and brand identity.
    • Oversees all print, digital and written marketing, and development material to be consistent with brand identity.
    • Oversees projects working with outside agencies as needed.
    • Identifies, presents, and maintains opportunities for consistency in messaging and brand standards to improve and support the donor experience across channels from donor relations to digital to print.
  • Plan Development and Execution
    • Development and execution of annual marketing, public relations and social media plans for Foundation and its entities, including The Equine Disease Communication Center
    • Identify and present short- and long-term goals and planned initiatives based on team needs and input.
  • Print and Digital Marketing
    • Development and execution of print and digital advertising
    • Oversee, create, and evaluate content for media releases, social media, newsletters, e-blasts, annual reports, marketing and development collateral and other print and digital content.
    • Manage the Foundation’s website.
    • Oversee special marketing and communications projects of The Foundation and its entities.
    • Coordinate photography and video production as needed, and curate associated photo and video libraries.

Qualifications

  • An undergraduate degree in marketing, communications, public relations, business, or related field.
  • Three years of experience working in a non-profit or membership-based organization, preferably within development/fundraising.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and executing marketing and public relations campaigns.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing to a diverse audience.
  • Mission-driven and goal-oriented.
  • Preference consideration for applicants with development or equine industry experience.

The Foundation for the Horse is located at AAEP, headquartered at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. This is a full-time, hybrid position, offers incredible benefits and is based in Lexington.

To apply, please submit resume and a one-page cover letter to:

Keith Kleine
Director of Industry Relations
AAEP & The Foundation for the Horse
kkleine@aaep.org

PRSA Thoroughbred Chapter Named PRominent Chapter Award Winner

Contact:
Risa Richardson
risarichardson@nisource.com
859-953-2100

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Public Relations Society of America East Central District (PRSA ECD)
announced today that the Thoroughbred Chapter is the winner of the 2023 PRominent Chapter Award.
The Thoroughbred Chapter represents public relations professionals from Lexington and surrounding
counties. Founded in 1957, the organization is one of two in Kentucky and its membership includes a
number of regionally and nationally recognized practitioners.

The PRominent Award was established by PRSA ECD in 2021. The district represents 16 chapters in
Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Western and Northwestern Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Nominees for the award were required to demonstrate excellence in diversity and inclusion initiatives,
membership outreach, community service and professional development programming.
The Thoroughbred Chapter is one of two in Kentucky and was one of five chapters in the district to
receive the special recognition. The Lexington Chapter received special recognition for their
programming and support for area college students seeking to enter the public relations profession. The
chapter holds annual networking sessions and mentoring sessions and offers discounted memberships
for students in the Public Relations Student Society of America chapters at area colleges including the
University of Kentucky, Berea College and Eastern Kentucky University.

“We are honored to congratulate the Thoroughbred Chapter for their achievement in public relations
excellence,” said Kaylin Staten, PRSA ECD’s 2023 Chair.

Tina Bryson, president of the Thoroughbred Chapter’s board of directors, credited the work of leaders and
members who volunteer their time to support the chapter.

“I am grateful for the communications professionals that contribute so much to make our local chapter
and board a huge success,” said Bryson, who leads the communications team at Christian Appalachian
Project. “We are committed to providing engaging programming for our members, while also prioritizing
DEI initiatives and investing in students pursuing a career in our profession.”

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2023 Thoroughbred Awards are Here!

Thoroughbred Awards – Things You Need to Know

For more than 20 years, the PRSA Thoroughbred Chapter has offered an awards program that recognizes the outstanding work done by public relations and communications professionals in central Kentucky.

This year the individual awards program is on hold so that we can continue to recruit additional help and make updates to the program.
However, we are still accepting nominations for the Communicator of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award.
The deadline for applications has been extended to May 1 2023, at 5 p.m.

Communicator of the Year

Each year the Thoroughbred chapter awards a Communicator of the Year award.  This is the 24th year in which our chapter honors a person or persons who during the last calendar year have done an excellent job of communicating his or her passion, but does not work as a PR professional.

The deadline for entries is May 1 2023, at 5 p.m.

Communicator of the Year nomination form

Lifetime Achievement/Hall of Fame

The Thoroughbred chapter periodically awards one of our chapter members a Lifetime Achievement Award.  One of the requirements, among others, is the recipient must have at least a 20-year career in public relations.  It is not presented every year… just at times when the chapter board feels it should be presented.  The last two recipients were Cliff Feltham and Mary Hemlepp.

The deadline for entries is also May 1 2023, at 5 p.m.

Lifetime Achievement-Hall of Fame nomination form

Materials must be submitted electronically on or before May 1, 2023 at 5 p.m.
Email Nominations to:  Katie Porter at kporter@aaep.org

 

PRSA Thoroughbred Chapter Announces 2023 Board of Directors

The Thoroughbred Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) has announced its 2023 Board of Directors consisting of communications professionals from various companies and organizations across Central Kentucky.

Officers

  • President: Tina Bryson, Christian Appalachian Project
  • President-Elect: Katie Neal, TimelyMD
  • Immediate Past President: Bethany Langdon, Georgetown College
  • Co-Secretary: Brittney Edwards Kinison, Frontier Nursing University
  • Co-Secretary: Brant Welch, Farmers National Bank of Danville
  • Co-Treasurer: Ashley Tabb, UK Healthcare
  • Co-Treasurer: Brant Welch, Farmers National Bank of Danville

Directors-at-large

  • Programming Chair: Marc Whitt, University of Kentucky
  • Diversity Chair: Kim Brown, Berea College
  • Membership Chair: Emma McKinstry, 418 Communications
  • Awards Co-Chair: Cliff Feltham, Kentucky Utilities (Retired)
  • Awards Co-Chair: Katie Porter, American Association of Equine Practitioners
  • PRSSA Liaison: Scott Toncray, APR, PR Consultant
  • Social Media Chair: Dani Jaffee, University of Kentucky
  • Communications Chair: Mackenzie Davis, Gresham Smith
  • APR Co-Chair: Amy Preske, APR, Buffalo Trace Distillery
  • APR Co-Chair: Brant Welch, APR, Farmers National Bank of Danville
  • Ethics Chair, APR Co-Chair: Holly Wiemers, APR, University of Kentucky- Ag Equine

The Thoroughbred Chapter is a diverse group of communications professionals and public relations practitioners, and offers a variety of programs to help our members learn, grow, and connect with others.

These monthly events feature communications presentations and networking sessions that are open to both members and non-members. Keep up with monthly programming updates on all social media platforms and learn more about the chapter at http://www.kyprsa.org/.

Governor Andy Beshear Selected Communicator of the Year by Thoroughbred Public Relations Group

Governor Andy Beshear Selected Communicator of the Year by Thoroughbred Public Relations Group

Governor Andy Beshear and Team Kentucky accept the Communicator of the Year Award from the PRSA Thoroughbred Chapter(LEXINGTON, KY) June 22, 2021 — The Thoroughbred Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) announces the winner of its annual Communicator of the Year award goes to Governor Andy Beshear and Team Kentucky.

The award is bestowed on the Governor and his team for the work they did to communicate with the people of Kentucky during the COVID 19 pandemic crisis in the calendar year 2020.   The award goes to a person or group who does not work as a public relations professional, but exemplifies excellent communications of their message to a variety of audiences. The selection is made by the board of directors of the Thoroughbred Chapter of PRSA located in Lexington.

“2020 was a year of extraordinary challenges, however Governor Andy Beshear, Dr. Steven Stack, and Virginia Moore worked tirelessly to lead Team Kentucky through the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Ryan Worthen, president of the Public Relations Society of America Thoroughbred Chapter. “The Governor’s daily press conferences and frequent updates informed and educated Kentuckians, and his caring and compassionate communication provided peace of mind to many in a time of great uncertainty.”

This is the 24th year the Thoroughbred Chapter has selected a Communicator of the Year.  Other recipients include form UK women’s basketball coach Matthew Mitchell, Catholic Action Center director Ginny Ramsey, former UK president Dr. Lee Todd, and former EKU president Doug Whitlock. Former Governor Steve Beshear was the honoree in 2015.

Individual and company awards were also presented. Each entry was judged by members of a sister PRSA chapter and could receive either a Win (First), Place (Second) or Show (Third) designation.

Award recipients include:

Tina Bryson, Assistant Director of Communications, Christian Appalachian Project

One Win (Kentucky Education Television PSAs), Two Place certificates and two Show certificates.

Bethany Langdon, Corporate Director of Marketing & Communications, New Vista

Two Wins (New Vista News – Social Media: See The Good), One Show certificate.

Holly Weimers, Communications Director, UK Ag Equine Programs

Two Wins (UK Equine Weekly – Equine Science Newsletter).

Brittney Kinison, Director of Marketing & Communications, Frontier Nursing University

One Win (FNU Quarterly Newsletter), One Place certificate & One Show certificate.

Todd Wold, Professor/Sponsor of Communication Students, Asbury University

One Win (2020 Highbridge Film Festival – Won by student group)

Mackenzie Davis, PR & Creative Services Coordinator, Wiser Strategies

Two Place certificates.

Ashley Tabb, Publications Production Manager, UK Health Care

One Place certificate.

Beth Goins, Director of Marketing Communications, UK College of Education

One Place certificate.

Kristi Middleton, Chief External Affairs Officer, EKU Communications & Brand Management

One Show certificate.

“On behalf of the chapter’s board of directors, we applaud the excellent work done by public relations and communications professionals throughout central Kentucky,” Worthen said.

See the Governor’s acceptance video here. 

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PRSA Thoroughbred Chapter Announces 2021 Board of Directors

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Thoroughbred Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) has announced its 2021 Board of Directors.

Officers

Ryan Worthen - PRSA Presenter

Ryan Worthen, 2021 President

  • President: Ryan Worthen, Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance (KEMI)
  • Past President: Natalie Wilks, Cornett
  • President Elect: Bethany Langdon, New Vista
  • Secretary: Brittney Edwards Kinison, Frontier Nursing University
  • Treasurer: Ashley Tabb, UK Healthcare

Directors-at-large

  • Awards Co-Chair: Cliff Feltham, Kentucky Utilities (Retired)
  • Awards Co-Chair: Katie McDaniel, American Association of Equine Practitioners
  • Ethics Chair, APR Co-Chair: Holly Wiemers, APR, University of Kentucky- Ag Equine
  • Diversity Chair: Tina Bryson, Christian Appalachian Project
  • PRSSA Liaison: Katie Neal, Katie Neal Consulting
  • Social Media Chair: Jessica Sparrow, Kentucky Interactive (Kentucky.gov)
  • Communications Chair: Mackenzie Davis, Wiser Strategies
  • APR Co-Chair: Amy Preske, APR, Buffalo Trace Distillery
  • APR Co-Chair: Brant Welch, APR, Farmers National Bank of Danville

2020 Thoroughbred Awards

(LEXINGTON, KY)  July 27, 2020 —- The Thoroughbred Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) announces the winners of its annual awards competition.  The entries were in two main categories. Campaigns & Tactics. Each entry could be awarded either a Win (First), Place (Second) or Show (Third) designation. View a PDF version of this list here.

Campaigns

Place   –           Nicholasville Stormwater                                   Community Champion category

Wiser Strategies & the City of Nicholasville

Win     –           Big Family                                                                Integrated Communications

KET staff & others – Todd Piccirilli, Abby Malik, John Dawahare, Rob Elliott, Reggie Beehner, Lauren Bennett, Ann Bransom, Patrick Brumback, Bullhorn Creative, Mollie Eblen, Grand Communications, Nancy Howard, Lisa Meek, Audra Miller, Robin Roenker, Steve Shaffer, Josh Sims, Micah Trvisonno and Missy Upton.

Win     –           We See The Good Ahead, Brand Launch          Integrated Communications

Work + Play Studio, Ana Coomer, Principal & Bethany Langdon,  New Vista

Place   –           EKU Valentine’s Day-Instagram Story              Social Media category

Sarah Kelley, Jessica Holly, Tara Leisure, Matt Schumacher & Brandon Moore,  EKU

Show   –           WoW Wheel Wednesday                                     Special Event category

Sara Jaggers,  Kentucky Housing Corporation

Win     –           Farmers National Bank 140th Anniversary      Special Event category

Brant Welch & Sharon Howell,  Farmers National Bank

Place   –           Campus Buildings Portfolio                                 Student category

Carson Bryant, Jessica Holly, Tara Leisure, Ashley Reaves, Brandon Moore, Amanda Cain,  EKU

Place   –           EKU Weekly Events Highlight-Instagram Story          Student Category

Sarah Kelley, Jessica Holly and Brandon Moore,  EKU

Win     –           Hazelwood.org                                                                   Website category

Trifecta Media & Bethany Langdon,  New Vista

Win     –           Camp Horsin’ Around                                                        Website category

Mackenzie Davis, Wiser Strategies & Camp Horsin’ Around, Brant Welch

Tactics

Place   –           2019-2020 Highlights Piece                                             Brochure category

Mickey Thomas, Brandon Moore, Josh Kegley, Megan Sevier, Stephanie Waley, EKU

Win     –           EKU Aviation Program                                                      Multimedia category

Duane Bolin, Leonard Nave, Brandie Conder, Matt Phelps,  EKU

Place   –           EKU Marching Colonel Hype video                                Multimedia category

Kristi Middleton, Brandie Conder, Leonard Nave, Dwayne Bolin, Matt Phelps, Lanny Brannock, Doug Cornett,  EKU

Place   –           Success First Resources Guide                          Multimedia category

Work + Play Studio & Bethany Langdon,  New Vista

Show   –           Success First Resources Guide                                        Special Purpose Publication

Jessica Holly, Brandon Moore, Ashley Reaves, Mickey Thomas, Lara Vance, Travis Martin, Gill Hunter, Bethany Warner, Heather Davis,  EKU

Win     –           New Vista 2019 Annual Report                                      Special Purpose Publication

Trifecta Media & Bethany Langdon,  New Vista

There were co-winners of the chapter’s annual Communicator of the Year Award.  The award goes to a person or group who does not work as a public relations professional, and who exemplifies excellent communications of their message to a variety of audiences.   The recipients are:

The late Anita Rowe-Franklin, a nurse by profession and also an advocate for gun safety by speaking out for the protection of today’s youth against gun violence. This came in the wake of the shooting death of her son, Antonio Franklin, Jr, an innocent bystander at an event in Duncan Park.

See the video for Anita Rowe-Franklin here.

And,

Dr. Aaron Thompson,  a passionate advocate for higher education serving currently as the Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer of the Council on Post-Secondary Education in Frankfort.  He has served in a variety of education posts including interim president of Kentucky State University.

See the video for Dr. Aaron Thompson here.

Also presented a Lifetime Achievement Award for at 20+ years of excellent public relations/communications work went to Sue Patrick, APR, CPE.  She is currently serving as Chief Communications Officer at the Kentucky Council on Post-Secondary Education.  Sue has demonstrated her unending dedication to the public relations profession, her skill at crafting effective and engaging messages, as well as her passion for those programs and professionals she leads.

See the video for Sue Patrick, APR, CPE here.

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March Lunch & Learn: Rob Perez from DV8 Kitchen

Our March lunch & learn will be held on March 17, 2020 at Saul Good at 123 N Broadway from 12:00 to 1:30 pm. Rob and Diane Perez conceptualized, developed, and operate four restaurants and a bakery in Lexington, Kentucky. In 2017, they founded Dv8 Kitchen as a social enterprise focused on giving second chance employment opportunities to people in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction through vocational, on-the-job training. Dv8 Kitchen focuses on providing “Live Changing Food”, service and atmosphere for every guest.

The Perez’s have created Soulfull Enterprises, part of the Dv8 Kitchen Vocational Training Foundation, after realizing that American Business may be creating an environment where the “American Dream – Rags to Riches Dream” is dying. Dv8 uncovered the need for all businesses to change how to employ, motivate and retain employees in early stages of recovery from SUD. They have formalized the DV8 employment model and are working with other businesses to apply this model to their businesses focusing on a bottoms-up approach for all second chance employees.

Rob will discuss the challenges to messaging and marketing the Soulfull Enterprise initiative and change a deep stigma and impact a social issue.

Act fast! Registration closes March 10th.

The Story of a Creating a Life Changing Business with Rob Perez of DV8 Kitchen

2020 PRSA Awards

UPDATE: The deadline for award entries has passed.

Because of the turbulence of the week that has consumed the time of many of our public relations professionals, we are extending the deadline for submitting entries for our annual awards competition. The deadline is now at the end of the regular work day on Tuesday, April 21st. Hopefully this will afford time for professionals to pull their entries together in what has turned out to be a pretty unusual circumstance for all of us.

It’s awards season for our chapter again and it’s time for you to get your entry or entries ready for judging and ready for the awards they deserve. 

Individual & Company Awards
The award categories for individual and company PR professionals is the same as last year.

What You Need to Know 
• All entries MUST be submitted electronically
• Students can enter
• Send final submissions containing all materials via email to Katie at kmcdaniel@aaep.org
• Submissions can be sent in the following formats:

  1. a complete Drobox folder link
  2. a PDF
  3. Word Document 

• Payments will be made via PayPal 
You will receive an acknowledgment of each email within 24 hours. If you don’t receive a response, please follow up.
 
Key Dates
The deadline for submitting electronic entries is Tuesday April 21, at 5 p.m. 
The awards luncheon will be announced at a later date.

Communicator of the Year
Each year the Thoroughbred chapter awards a Communicator of the Year award.  This will be the 22nd year for it which honors a person or persons who during the last calendar year have done an excellent job of communicating his or her passion but does not work as a PR professional. 

Last year’s recipient was former Lexington Mayor Jim Gray.  Other more recent recipients include Ginny Ramsey of the Catholic Action Center, former Governor Steve Beshear and UK women’s basketball coach Matthew Mitchell. 

The deadline for entries is also Tuesday, April 21, at 5 p.m. Please consider who you might submit as an entry for this past calendar year and email that entry also to Katie McDaniel.

Lifetime Achievement/Hall of Fame
The Thoroughbred chapter also periodically awards one of our chapter members with a Lifetime Achievement Award.  One of the requirements among others is the recipient must have at least a 20-year career in public relations.  It is not presented every year… just at those times as the chapter members and board feel it should be presented. 

The most recent recipient was Cliff Feltham in 2018.  Other awardees include Nancy Wiser of Wiser Strategies, Tom Harris of UK, Phil Osborne and Thomas Preston of Preston Global. 

The deadline for entries is also Tuesday, April 21, at 5 p.m. Please consider who you might submit as an entry for this award and email this nomination also to Katie McDaniel.

It’s time to get organized and good luck.  Submit as many entries as you’d like.