PRSA Hoosier Chapter Recognizes Indiana’s Top Public Relations Pros

The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Hoosier Chapter honored some of Indiana’s best public relations, communications and marketing practitioners on Aug. 19 at the 2020 Pinnacle Awards, which was hosted virtually for the first time in the program’s history. The Pinnacle Awards are the chapter’s annual awards program that highlights some of the best industry leaders and campaigns throughout the previous year.

Originally scheduled to be live at Fountain Square Theatre, the 2020 Pinnacle Awards were instead held via the Zoom video conferencing platform, with award-winning comedian and financial mind Peter Dunn – AKA Pete the Planner – the emcee. With a record number of entries this year, nearly 50 Indiana organizations and young communications and marketing professionals were recognized with an award, in categories ranging from audiovisual to crisis communications to social media.

The ‘Best of Show’ category included:

Best of Show Student Project – University of Indianapolis Top Dog Communication
Indianapolis Symphonic Choir Holiday Coloring Sheets consumer collateral project

Best of Show Student Program – Purdue University Boiler Communication
Lafayette Aviators Field Day special events program

Best of Show Project Category –
Martech Zone Feature Writing Campaign

Best of Show Program Category – Communications Redefined
JBJ Legal Launch Media Relations Campaign

Outstanding Junior Pro – Emily Sandberg
Managing Supervisor, VOX Global

“Though this year’s Pinnacle Awards ceremony may have taken place under unprecedented circumstances, we saw a record number of entries and winners as we celebrated Indiana’s top communications and marketing professionals,” said PRSA Hoosier Chapter President Kendall Horvatich. “The individuals and organizations recognized at this year’s awards were honored because of their demonstrated excellence as leaders in the public relations profession.”

The 2020 Pinnacle Award Winners:

  • BLASTmedia – Smartling: Move the World with Words
  • Bohlsen Group – Casey Smitherman Crisis
  • Bohlsen Group – Heartland International Film Festival campaign
  • Bohlsen Group – Indiana Governor’s Council Disability Awareness Month Video
  • Bose Public Affairs – RALI Cares Interactive Trailer Educates Hoosiers on Signs
    of Drug Abuse
  • Bose Public Affairs – RALI Coalition Combats Indiana’s Opioid Crisis
  • Borshoff – Escape the Hacker Escape Room Experience
  • Borshoff – Indianapolis Zoo Elephant Crisis
  • dgs Marketing Engineers – Discover 2019
  • Communications Redefined – Giving Sexual Harassment Victims a Voice
  • Communications Redefined – Indiana Trails Facebook Campaign
  • Communications Redefined – Justice for Marissa
  • Downtown Indy – 2019 Community Report
  • Downtown Indy – Shining a Light
  • Hirons and Hard Truth Hills – Hard Truth Hills Holiday Campaign
  • Hirons and IU Health – One Measure Introductory Guide
  • Hirons and McGuire Sponsel – McGuire Sponsel Website Launch
  • Hirons – Aspire 2019 Merger Communications
  • Hirons – FCI Summer Campaign
  • Indiana Farm Bureau – 100 Pounds for 100 Years
  • Indiana Farm Bureau – 100 th Anniversary Celebration
  • Indiana Humanities – Inseparable: We’re All in This Together
  • Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership – INHP Annual Report
  • Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership – INHP Website Launch
  • Indianapolis Zoo – Annual Report: Sharing One World
  • Indianapolis Zoo – Orangutan Vocal Study
  • IU Health – Transplant Love Story Media Relations Campaign
  • KAR Global – Rebrand Headquarters Launch
  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology – A Special Holiday Year in Review Video
  • TechPoint – Indiana Red Carpet Experience
  • The MEK Group – Setting the Stage for Transformation in Rural Daviess County
  • University of Indianapolis Top Dog Communication –Haughville Strong
    Neighborhood Association Style Guide (student winner)
  • University of Notre Dame – NDWorks Weekly
  • Victory Sun – Cinemark Remodels and Reopens Indianapolis Theatre
  • Victory Sun – Cinemark Reopen Remodel Media Kit
  • VOX Global & Employ Indy – Yes Indy Program
  • VOX Global & Indiana Commission for Higher Education – Learn More Indiana
  • VOX Global & Lumina Foundation – Social Media Campaign

The 2020 Award of Honor Winners:

  • Bohlsen Group
  • Collective Alternative
  • Communications Redefined
  • Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
  • Hirons
  • Indiana Department of Environmental Management
  • Indiana Farm Bureau
  • Matchbook Creative
  • Purdue University Boiler Communication (student winner)
  • University of Indianapolis Top Dog Communication (student winner)
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Vibable
  • WGU Indiana
  • Victory Sun

The PRSA Hoosier Chapter represents public relations professionals from throughout Indiana, including employees of associations, agencies, corporations, universities, nonprofits, government and independent practitioners. With more than 350 members, it is one of the largest chapters in the United States. The Hoosier Chapter provides its members with various programs and events, along with accreditation training, news and information.

Every year, the Chapter gives away $2,000 in scholarships to deserving public relations
students, with funds raised during the silent auction portion of the Pinnacle Awards