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Gainesville public relations professionals honored during local association’s annual chapter and Image Awards presentation

[Gainesville, Fla.] [April 15, 2021] —The Gainesville Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) bestowed three awards given annually to acknowledge key members for their chapter and professional contributions, along with six awards presented as part of the group’s 2021 Image Awards competition, during Thursday’s program and celebration.

Held each year by Florida’s local FPRA chapters, the Image Awards recognize excellence in the public relations profession.

The 2021 Image Award winners and awards were:

Winner: FPRA Gainesville Chapter Member Megan Macpherson,
UF Health Communications

Submittal Title: UF Health Screen, Test & Protect Communications Campaign

Category: Public Relations Programs – Public Service

Awards Won: 2021 FPRA Gainesville Chapter Judges’ Award

Winner: FPRA Gainesville Chapter Member Kevin Coulson, APR, CPRC, Kayla Sharp and Katelyn Vogt, UF College of Education

Submittal Title: UF College of Education 2021 Online Rankings

Category: Public Relations Programs – Institutional

Awards Won: 2021 FPRA Gainesville Chapter Award of Distinction

Winner: Exactech Marketing Communications Team

Submittal Title: Exactech Active Intelligence Launch Campaign

Category: Public Relations Program – Promotional/Marketing

Awards Won: 2021 FPRA Gainesville Chapter Image Award

Winner: FPRA Gainesville Chapter Member Sarah Carey, APR, and
UF College of Veterinary Medicine

Submittal Title: Bob the Alligator Patient Campaign

Category: Digital Tools of Public Relations – Social Media

Awards Won: 2021 FPRA Gainesville Chapter Award of Distinction and Judges’ Award

Winner: UF IFAS Communications Services and Aaron Hoover

Submittal Title: UF President Kent Fuchs Welcomes Vice President Scott Angle

Category: Digital Tools of Public Relations – Video/External

Awards Won: 2021 FPRA Gainesville Chapter Judges’ Award

 

The chapter also recognized its 2020-21 Rising Star of the Year, Member of the Year and John S. Detweiler, Ed.D., APR, CPRC Professional of the Year. Each award is given annually to three distinguished members who go above and beyond to promote the chapter and the public relations profession in the Gainesville community. The honorees were:

  • Rising Star of the Year: Megan Kimmel Macpherson (Associate Director, UF College of Medicine, UF Health Communications)
  • Member of the Year: Allison Downey, APR, CPRC (Marketing Communications Manager, Exactech)
  • John S. Detweiler, Ed.D., APR, CPRC, Professional of the Year Award: Spiro Kiousis, Ph.D., APR (Interim Dean/Executive Associate Dean and Professor, Department of Public Relations, UF College of Journalism and Communications)

The Gainesville chapter of FPRA meets the third Thursday of each month. For additional information, please go to: https://www.fpragainesville.com/

The Florida Public Relations Association is dedicated to developing public relations practitioners who, through ethical and standardized practices, enhance the public relations profession in Florida. The organization’s 15 professional and 12 student chapters provide professional development, networking and recognition opportunities for nearly 1,500 members across the state. FPRA is the nation’s oldest public relations organization, established by Lt. Col. John Dillin, APR, CPRC in 1938. For more information, visit www.fpra.org.