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2014 Polaris Awards: The Winners

The Polaris Awards is an annual awards program that recognizes the very best in strategic public relations programs and tactical execution in the Inland Empire. This year, we had over 70 outstanding and noteworthy award entries submitted. These entries were judged on a 100-point system by the PRSA Chapter of Tucson, Arizona by senior public relations practitioners. There are three award categories: Capella Awards; Polaris Awards and Best of Show.

The Capella Awards represents achievement of performance in the chosen category.  These are awards that received high scores from the judges and considered worthy of recognition.

The Polaris Trophies represents the HIGHEST standards of performance in the public relations profession. They received very exceptional scores from the judges. 

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Couldn’t attend this year?  Here are the photos to show what you missed.


Now, to the winners... 

 

BEST OF SHOW

Westbound Communications

Residents ‘Promise to Prepare’ for Emergencies with Ready OC

Community Relations



POLARIS AWARDS

City of Lake Elsinore

Nicole Dailey

Lake Elsinore Clean Extreme – Main Street – 2014

Community Relations


Kaiser Permanente Public Affairs

Gwen Kleist

Neighbor News

Newsletter Category

 

Riverside Public Utilities

Mark Ward

RPU News

Newsletter Category


Western Municipal Water District

Liselle DeGrave

On Tap Newsletter

Newsletter Category


Loma Linda University Health

Heather Reifsnyder

News of the Week

Electronic Newsletter

 

University of Redlands

Patty Zurita

Class of 2014 Profiles of Success

Overall Public Relations Campaign

 

Springboard Non Profit Consumer Credit Management

Sheri Stuart

America Saves Week / Inland Empire Saves

Overall Public Relations Campaign

 

Ciara Green

19th Annual Pechanga Powwow

Media Relations/Media Placement

 

University of Redlands

Patty Zurita

Dr. Who?

Media Relations

 

Give BIG Riverside Task Force

Aaron Norris

Give BIG Riverside 2013

Special Events & Observances

 

Ciara Green

3rd Annual Pechanga BBQ Competition

Special Events & Observances

 

Western Municipal Water District

Liselle DeGrave

Earth Nights in the Garden

Special Events & Observances

 

City of Lake Perris

Isabel Carlos

Live Well Perris Webpage

Internet/Website Category

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Westbound Communications

I-215 Widening Project Magazine
Magazine Category

 

University of Redlands

Patty Zurita

Och Tamale Alumni Magazine

Magazine Category



Riverside Public Utilities

Marjorie Mitchell

2013 Financial Report

Annual Report

 

Loma Linda University

Richard Hart

Adventist Health International 2013 Annual Report

Annual Report Category


San Bernardino County Employees’ Retirement Association

2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report “Mission: Retirement”

Annual Report

 

Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism

Hillary Angel

Spa Week Campaign

Marketing Communications.

 

Westbound Communications

If you See Something, Say Something

Giant Red Backpack Launch

Marketing Communications

 

Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism

Hillary Angel

Launch of LGBT Wedding Website – Passing of Prop 8

News Release

 

CAPELLA AWARDS

California Baptist University

Kathie Chute

2012-2013 Scholarship and Service

Annual Report

 

County of San Bernardino Human Services

C.L. Lopez & Cindi Malvin

2013 Human Services Annual Report

Annual Report

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Chris Perez Consulting

A Change of the Guard in San Bernardino – The 2013 Recall Election

Public Affairs Program

 

University of California, Riverside

Bettye Miller

Better Batters Result from Brain-training Research

News Release

 

CBU – Online and Professional Studies

Mary Ann Pearson, Robbie Silver, Patricia Hernandez

CBU OPS and Riverside Downtown Partnership Internship Program

Community Relations 


County of San Bernardino Human Services

C.L. Lopez & Cindi Malvin

Dogs of Rainbow’s End Photo Gallery

Media Relations/Media Placement

 

O’Reilly Public Relations

Philip Southard

Morongo Band of Mission Indians

Education Week Feature Article

Media Relations/Placement

 

The Living Desert – Cord Media

The Living Desert Jaguar Cubs

Media Relations/Placement

 

University of California, Riverside

Bettye Miller

Better Batters Result from Brain-training Research


Media Relations/Placement

Westbound Communications

Racing Down the Track and into the Orange County Register

Media Relations/Placement

  

O’Reilly Public Relations

Philip Southard

Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District

Quarterly Water Log

Newsletter

 

County of San Bernardino Human Services

C.L. Lopez & Cindi Malvin

HS Connection

Newsletter

 

O’Reilly Public Relations

Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District

Salinity Education and Outreach Program

Overall Public Relations Campaign

 

City of Perris

Richard Belmudez

Live Well Perris – Health and Wellness Initiative

Overall Public Relations Campaign



The Norris Group

Aaron Norris

I Survived Real Estate

Special Events

 

Westbound Communications

Carrie Gilbreth

Pep Rally Competition Celebration Draws Out sbX Naysayers

Special Events

 

County of San Bernardino EDA

Cindi Perry

State of the County 2014

Special Events

 

Kaiser Permanente

Yasmeen Muqtasid, Alexis Young, Jennifer Resch-Silvestri

Kaiser Permanente San Bernardino County: Innovative Internal Communications

Internal Communications

 

University of California, Riverside

Bettye Miller

New Stories, New Voices, New Dreams

Writing – Feature

 

California Baptist University

Kathie Chute

Our Biggest Fan

Writing - Feature

 

City of Perris

Richard Belmudez

Live Well Perris – Health and Wellness Initiative

 

Community Relations Campaign

Stater Bros. Markets

Marisa Kutansky

Harvesting Hope in the Community

Community Relations

 

RedFusion Media

Molly Burgess

2014 Manufacturers’ Summit
The Beat of Manufacturing in the Inland Empire

Community Relations


Cord Media

Jonas Odcoff

Tortoise Rock Casino Logo

Creative Communications

 

University of Redlands

Patty Zurita

Giving Tuesday Campaign

Social Media PR Programs



California Baptist University

Kathie Chute

We Believe in Excellence

Multi-Media Communications

 

 

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