The 2009 Golden Trumpet Awards

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Pre­sen­ters Dean Richards, WGN-TV enter­tain­ment reporter & critic, and Bill Zwecker, feature/entertainment reporter and film critic, joined hun­dreds of Mid­west pub­lic rela­tions and com­mu­ni­ca­tions pro­fes­sion­als and their clients at Pub­lic­ity Club of Chicago’s 50th annual Golden Trum­pet Awards in May at The Palmer House Hilton in Chicago.

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At the cer­e­mony, 53 Golden Trum­pet and 92 Sil­ver Trum­pet awards were pre­sented for the best of the Midwest’s pub­lic rela­tions work in 2008 as judged by lead­ing Chicago-area pub­lic rela­tions executives.

PCC also pre­sented Betsy Plank with its Life­time Achieve­ment Award, in addi­tion to pre­sent­ing four top awards rec­og­niz­ing the industry’s best ini­tia­tives of the year:

  • The Ely­nore Dolkart Meserow Cre­ativ­ity Award for excep­tional cre­ativ­ity in pub­lic rela­tions pro­grams was pre­sented to Burson-Marsteller for Urban Wheat Field. The Wheat Foods Council’s Urban Wheat Field brought to life wheat’s farm-to-fork jour­ney to demys­tify the grain, raise the council’s pro­file and grow the organization.
  • The Edwin J. Shaugh­nessy Qual­ity of Life Award rec­og­niz­ing the fore­most con­tri­bu­tion of the year to improv­ing the qual­ity of life in our soci­ety through pub­lic rela­tions was pre­sented to The All­state Foun­da­tion and Zeno Group for the “Tell a Gal P.A.L.” Pro­gram. The “Tell a Gal P.A.L.” pro­gram lever­aged an inter­nal com­mu­ni­ca­tions cam­paign, designed to raise aware­ness of The All­state Foun­da­tion Domes­tic Vio­lence pro­gram­ming across its network.
  • The Brand Builder Award for the pro­gram that sig­nif­i­cantly enhances and pro­motes a brand for an orga­ni­za­tion, prod­uct or ser­vice was pre­sented to Ketchum for “Lon­eS­tar: New Truck Dri­ves Excite­ment.” Ketchum Chicago helped Nav­is­tar Inter­na­tional take the launch of a ground­break­ing new semi truck from just an industry-wide launch to a main­stream excitement-builder.
  • The Plat­inum Award, the “Louis Arm­strong of Trum­pets” given to the year’s best over­all pub­lic rela­tions pro­gram was pre­sented to Edel­man World­wide for Go Red for Women 2007–2008. Women are the heart of Go Red. The Untold Sto­ries cam­paign con­nected real women across the coun­try, empow­er­ing them to take action to pre­vent heart disease.