Local PR Pros Win Big At The 2018 PRism Awards


2017s news is officially history and so are the big wins at the History in the Making themed PRisms Awards Banquet held on May 3, 2018 at the Dayton Steam Plant. The PRism awards, hosted by the Dayton Area Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), are held each May and recognize the best talent in public relations throughout the Miami Valley.

“Marketing and Communications professionals in Dayton are impacting well-known brands on local and national stages, “said Erin Prokes, Dayton Area Chapter president. “It was truly inspiring to award our local experts for their work representing differing industries like health care, refrigerants, blood donation and community relations to name a few.”

Businesses and individuals submit nominations for the PRisms each at the onset of the calendar year. The nominations are then judged by a group of PR professionals in the Green Bay, Wisconsin chapter of PRSA who determine who should receive a PRism award or an Award of Merit based on overall scoring.

Eleven local businesses were recognized in 10 categories for their superior work in public relations—25 PRisms and six awards of merit were given out during the evening.

The Best in Show award was given to myCUmortgage in the special events and observances category for the 2017 myCUmortgage Partner Conference, a program that began 13 years ago to inform and educate mortgage industry experts from partner credit unions. One judge commented, “Outstanding job! … the application was incredibly thorough in explaining the success of your event.”

Additionally, a Judges’ Choice was given to Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services in the writing-long form category for the Blood Bond Born at Eldora Ballroom. The judges commented:

  • “This is a piece unusual in feature writing today; a story of past love, heartache and trial that has a dream-like quality. The writing and story carried me along until the end. What a remarkable story!”
  • “In my years of judging awards, I don’t know that I’ve ever read a piece quite like this one. The author should be proud. The depth of emotions conveyed in the story (and brought out in its readers) were profound.”

Nominations for the 2019 PRism awards will open in January 2019 via

PRism award winners included:

CareSource: CareSource Days of Caring

Dayton Children's Hospital: Dayton Children’s Hospital NBC News Coverage

CareSource: The Last “Bare” County

myCUmortgage: 2017 myCUmortgage Partner Conference

Dayton Children’s Hospital: Dayton Children's 50th anniversary

The Dayton Foundation: The Dayton Foundation 2016-2017 Report to the Community, #Hometown36

Midmark: Midmark Dental Clinic Open House and Celebration at Sinclair Community College

Dayton Children’s Hospital: Dayton Children's Hospital tower opening events

Dayton Children’s Hospital: Taming the Clip Art Monster - Dayton Children's Brand Resource Center

Kenny Consulting Group: National Lloyds Headquarters Move

Dayton Children's Hospital: Dayton Children's Hospital - Charlotte's future

Dayton Children's Hospital: Brand Launch

ACCO Brands: ACCO Brands Employment Brand Internal Launch

The Dayton Foundation: The Dayton Foundation Good News newsletter

Midmark Corporation: Helping the Industry See More Clearly: Midmark and HEINE Launch Brand Partnership in U.S.

The Dayton Foundation: The Dayton Foundation's #Hometown360 Challenge

Dayton Children's Hospital: Transforming Care Video Mailer

Fahlgren Mortine: Free Time Flow Campaign Launch and Trade Show

Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services:  Blood Bond Born at Eldora Ballroom

Kenny Consulting Group: American Trim Safety Newsletter

Kettering Health Network and Coffey Communications: Health Connection for Better Living Magazine

Fahlgren Mortine: Legends of the HVACR Industry Award Nomination

myCUmortgage: myCUmortgage Partner Hotwire e-Newsletter

Fahlgren Mortine: The Beauty of Hand-Eye Coordination Blog Post

TriComB2B: Pioneering Natural Refrigeration

Kenny Consulting Group: Nora's Story

Fahlgren Mortine: Swisslog Hyper-Local Distribution White Paper



Award of Merit winners included:


Fahlgren Mortine: Swisslog Content Marketing

ACCO Brands: ACCO Brands Employment Brand LinkedIn Article

TriComB2B: Accelerate Series (a collection of trade publication articles)

Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services: Superfan Tress Dons Magic Vest

Fahlgren Mortine: IoT and Industry 4.0 Blog Post

Fahlgren Mortine: Midmark Corporation Point of Care Ecosystem White Paper

Special thank you to our sponsors:

WDTN-TV, Kenny Consulting Group, Cedarville University, and myCUmortgage.



About the Public Relations Society of America Dayton Area Chapter

The Dayton Area Chapter of PRSA consists of public relations professionals representing all facets of the industry, including corporate, non-profit, agency and independent practitioners. The chapter offers numerous benefits to its members including monthly meetings featuring local and national speakers addressing both strategic and tactical public relations topics. The Public Relations Society of America, headquartered in New York City, is the world's largest professional organization for public relations professionals, with nearly 20,000 members, organized into 117 Chapters nationwide, who represent business and industry, counseling firms, government, associations, hospitals, schools, professional services firms and nonprofit organizations. Learn more at

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