GREENVILLE, S.C., April 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The South Carolina chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (SCPRSA) hosted its annual Mercury Awards celebration on Thursday, April 25, in Greenville, S.C. Fifty-five awards for public relations campaigns, tactics and exceptional practitioners were presented to communications professionals from across the state.
SCPRSA's Mercury Awards recognize public relations programs and campaigns, while the Silver Wing Awards recognize outstanding tactics used in those campaigns. Public relations practitioners across the state are eligible to enter the awards competition, which was judged this year by the PRSA chapter in Omaha, Neb. During the ceremony, SCPRSA recognized several individuals for their contributions to the public relations profession.
Alice Grey Harrison, APR, of Dixon Hughes Goodman accounting firm in Greenville, took home the overall Best in Show Mercury Award for the state's top public relations campaign, an internal communications campaign called "Count the Cans." The overall Best in Show Silver Wing Award for the state's top public relations tactic went to Davis Public Relations of Columbia for "Philanthropy Week 2012."
Sarah Anderson of Sonoco was recognized as SCPRSA's Rookie of the Year, presented to a younger member who shows great promise as a public relations practitioner. Melanie Huggins, Executive Director of Richland Library, was recognized with the Executive Excellence Award, presented to an executive who shows exceptional support for the public relations function in their organization.
In their second year, The Jupiter Awards are presented to individuals for exceptional contributions to the use of social media as a communications tool. SCPRSA presented two awards in this category, representing two of the chapter's regions. Recipients of the award included:
- Brian Mullen, Director of Research Communications at Clemson University
- David Geier, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon and Director at MUSC Sports Medicine
To view a complete list of all Mercury and Silver Wing Award winners, visit www.SCPRSA.org.
About the South Carolina Public Relations Society of America
The South Carolina Public Relations Society of America (SCPRSA) was founded in 1967 and is one of more than 200 chapters of the Public Relations Society of America, the world's largest professional association for public relations practitioners. For more information about the organization, visit www.SCPRSA.org.
Erin Watson, APR
SCPRSA Chapter President
SOURCE South Carolina Public Relations Society of America (SCPRSA)