BOCA RATON, Fla.
- July 22, 2020
-- (Boca Raton, FL – July 22, 2020) Debbie Abrams, president of the Gold Coast PR Council (GCPRC), South Florida's largest independent association of public relations, communications and marketing professionals, today announced this year's Bernays Awards
winners. GCPRC has given out these annual awards since 2005 honoring excellence in local public relations campaigns, marketing programs, and media coverage.
The honors were presented yesterday via Zoom, with more than 60 local PR professionals participating online. The online awards ceremony was hosted by T.A. Walker, WPTV's Taste & See Entertainment Reporter.
GCPRC's prestigious Presidents Award, which goes to a person or organization for truly outstanding performance, was given to Sandy Collier of Hey Sandy! PR & Communications in Wellington for her amazing work on behalf of evacuees from The Islands Of The Bahamas following the deadly and destructive ravages of Hurricane Dorian, including organizing a special dinner and breakfast to help ease their agonizing stress.
Previous winners of this award include the South Florida Sun-Sentinel
for its brilliant and sensitive coverage of the Parkland school shooting and the ongoing aftermath/2019
; Elizabeth Kelley Grace and Julie Mullen of The Buzz Agency/2017
; cultural reporters Rod Hagwood (Sun-Sentinel),
Jan Sjostrom (Palm Beach Daily News
), and Leslie Streeter (Palm Beach Post)/2016;
publishers John & Margaret Mary Shuff (Boca Magazine)
; Florida Weekly
and The Coastal Star
GCPRC Co-Founder & Secretary