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Last Year's Gold Pick and Silver Pick Award Winners

PRSA Colorado Recognizes Excellence in Public Relations with
2015 Gold Pick Awards

 Two Grand Gold Pick and 56 Gold and Silver Picks Awarded
Special Awards, Small Practice and Nonprofit Awards Also Presented


DENVER (May 8, 2015) The Colorado Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA Colorado) recognized excellence in public relations with the 2015 Gold and Silver Pick Awards at its annual awards ceremony on May 7, 2015. The Gold Pick Awards program honors the achievements of individuals and organizations for best practices and high ethical standards in public relations. Forty-three (43) Gold Pick Awards and 13 Silver Pick Awards were presented, in addition to honoring outstanding individuals, small practice and nonprofit efforts.


Awards were presented before about 200 professionals by PRSA Colorado President Cara Crifasi and Fox 31 Denver’s Chris Parente and Kathie J., who emceed the event. Winners included:

Special Award Winners

·         Swede Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award: Pete Webb, Webb Strategic Communications

·         Public Relations Person of the Year: Michelle Ellis, Orapin Marketing + Public Relations

·         Business Person of the Year: Meg VanderLaan, MWH Global

·         Joe Fuentes Rookie of the Year: Amber DiGiallonardo, Linhart Public Relations

·         Mentor of the Year Award: Kristin Yantis, Malen Yantis PR

·         Chapter Service Award: Margaret Fogarty, Farm Credit

·         Public Relations Team of the Year: Denver Union Station – Sage Hospitality, Dunn Communications, Larimer Associates, Dovetail Solutions and Aiello Public Relations

Grand Gold Pick & Small Practice Award Winners:

The Grand Gold Pick is awarded to the “best in show” campaign(s) earning the highest overall score. The Small Practice Award is awarded to the solo/small practitioner earning the highest overall score for a campaign.

·         Cutter Communications/JKD & Company: Dr. Beim Goes to Sochi (Reputation/Brand Management-Business)

·         Jane Dvorak, APR, Fellow PRSA: National French Fry Day Turns Heavenly (Events and Observances-Consumer Products)

Nonprofit Award

The “best in show” awarded to the nonprofit organization earning the highest overall score for a campaign.

·         Novitas Communications | Smart Colorado: Can You Spot the Pot? Campaign to Raise Awareness of Marijuana Edibles (Public Service-Nonprofit Organization)

“The Colorado PR community vibrant, talented and creative, and on behalf of the PRSA Colorado Board, I would like to congratulations all of our amazing award winners,” said Cara Crifasi, PRSA, president. “We work so hard every year to make special things happen for our clients and organizations, and rarely take a moment to enjoy our accomplishments. The Gold Pick Awards grant us an opportunity to celebrate our successes and those of our friends and colleagues.”

Gold Pick Winners (43)




B Public Relations

The (Literal) Launch of Stanley Marketplace

Press Conferences


New York City Media Tour for St. Julien Hotel & Spa

Media Relations-Consumer Services-Travel and Tourism/Hospitality

Blake Communications and Cherry Creek Arts Festival


Media Relations-Nonprofit Organizations

Blake Communications and Cherry Creek Arts Festival

Cherry Creek Arts Festival 2014

Social Media- Associations/ Government/Nonprofit Organizations

Communication Infrastructure Group (CIG)

Drive High, Get a DUI Munchies

Creative Tactics- Associations/ Government/Nonprofit Organizations

Communications Strategy Group and Cochlear Americas

Strategic Social Media Engagement to Solidify Cochlear's Twitter Presence

Social Media-Consumer Products

Communications Strategy Group and CorePower Yoga

Influencer Relations Strategy for CorePower Yoga's 2nd Annual Yoga on the Rocks

Media Relations-Consumer Services-Other

Communications Strategy Group - Education Practice

Ecotech Institute "Ditch the Desk" Microsite

Creative Tactics-Consumer Products


EDUCAUSE Annual Conference 2014 Social Media

Social Media- Associations/ Government/Nonprofit Organizations


EDUCAUSE Annual Conference 2014 Social Media

Media Relations-Associations


Galvanize Entrepreneur Magazine Contributor Column

Editorials/Op-Ed Columns

Communications Strategy Group and Holiday Retirement

100 Years of Wisdom: Strategic Media Relations Leveraging Wisdom from Centenarians

Media Relations-Consumer Services-Other

Colorado State University

CSU's Groundbreaking Elephant Research

Media Relations-Government


Happy feat: World's oldest penguin visits veterinary hospital

Press Kits/Media Kits


"He's my super-hero"

Feature Stories


SOURCE: Transforming the way Colorado State University does PR



Temple Grandin Talks to Reddit

Social Media- Associations/ Government/Nonprofit Organizations

Cutter Communications & Ayers PR

Rebranding Done Right

Events and Observances-Consumer Services

DStreet and the Farm Credit National Communications Team

Driving Investment in Rural America - Launching the RBIC

Reputation/Brand Management-Associations

Gonder PR | Colorado Women's Hall of Fame

Breaking Through the Media's 'Glass Ceiling': Colorado Women's Hall of Fame Coverage Reaches Major Media Outlets Statewide

Media Relations-Nonprofit Organizations

JKD & Company, Inc.  | Cutter Communications

Dr. Beim Goes to Sochi

Reputation/Brand Management-Business

JKD & Company, Inc. | Jane Dvorak, APR, Fellow PRSA

National French Fry Day Turns Heavenly

Events and Observances-Consumer Products

Kaiser Permanente Colorado

KP "Total Health" Employee Wellness Stories


Leidos Engineering

Leidos Engineering Marketing Mix Newsletter


Leidos Utility Security Offering Campaign

Integrated Communications-Business to Business

Linhart Public Relations with Cascadian Farm

Cascadian Farm's Back -to-School Battle: Crunchy vs. Chewy Facebook Application

Social Media-Consumer Products

Linhart Public Relations with Horizon

Building Awareness of New Horizon Products Through Grassroots Digital Seeding Program

Multicultural Public Relations

Linhart Public Relations with Johns Manville

Salesforce Confidential E-Newsletter; Insight, Tips and Best Practices to Drive Sales Team Success


Monaghan Communications

Festival of Balloons Pops into the Mile High City

Events and Observances-Seven or Fewer Days

Mulligan & Co. LLC |Diane Mulligan & Kristen Kidd

Colorado Respite Coalition Op-Ed Column

Editorials/Op-Ed Columns

Creating Community Solutions Colorado Op-Ed Column

Editorials/Op-Ed Columns

Keller Williams-DTC Internal Communications Campaign

Internal Communications-Fewer than 1,000 employees


Rocky Ford Growers Association Brand Management Campaign

Reputation/Brand Management-Associations

Philosophy Communication & Colorado Proud

Choose Colorado Tour: An Agricultural Road Trip

Reputation/Brand Management-Government

Choose Colorado Tour: An Agricultural Road Trip

Events and Observances-Government

Philosophy Communication

The Creep Behind the Camera - Bringing a film to life

Media Relations-Consumer Products-Other

Novitas Communications | Smart Colorado

Can You Spot the Pot? Campaign to Raise Awareness of Marijuana Edibles

Public Service-Nonprofit Organization

University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Pharmacy Perspectives


Pharmacy Perspectives mobile ap


Volume Nine

All I want for Christmas is a Clean House


Webb Strategic Communications | Office of Behavioral Health

"Speak Now" website becomes a lasting conversation

Events and Observances-Seven or Fewer Days

WildRock PR & Marketing

Amplifying Decibullz

Media Relations-Consumer Products-Technology

Re-Branding Case Logic

Media Relations-Consumer Products-Technology


Silver Pick Winners (13)




Barefoot PR

Keeping Up with the Joneses Blog


Blake Communications and Heinrich Marketing


Creative Tactics-Business- to-Business

City of Commerce City

Commerce City On the Move: Print Newsletter


The Colorado Health Foundation and MGA Communications

Building Better Health: Enroll 2015

Public Service-Nonprofit Organizations

Colorado State University

CSU to Help Make Ebola Vaccine

Media Relations-Consumer Services-Health Care Services


Foraged Feast

Feature Stories


State of Courage: Amy's New Challenge

Feature Stories


Trombone No. 5 + GoPro

Online Videos

Cutter Communications

"Softening the Public Perception of Personal Injury Law"

Reputation/Brand Management-Business


DStreet Event Management: 86, 500 Attendees and More Than 300 Members of the Media Descend on Denver During Denver Comic Con

Events and Observances-Nonprofit Organizations

Denver Union Station

Denver Union Station 2014 Public Relations & Marketing

Media Relations-Consumer Services-Travel and Tourism/Hospitality

Weber Shandwick | Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP)

Mission Apolo: Built with Chocolate Milk

Marketing-Consumer Products

Webb Strategic Communications | Canadian Consulate, Denver

"Mounties on the Move"

Events and Observances-Government

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