Summary of Previous Awards Dinner

 

 2010 POLARIS AWARDS WRAP UP

Thank you for a fantastic evening at the Mission Inn Hotel and Spa for the 2010 Polaris Awards presented by Simon Wong Engineering. Here is a full download on the awards presented on October 13, 2010.

 2010 Rising Star Scholarship
This year's recipient is a senior attending Cal State San Bernardino majoring in Communications with a public relations concentration. He is a creative writer and an avid marathon runner and hopes to merge both of his passions in his future career in public relations. The 2010 Rising Star Scholarship of $1,000 was awarded to Eddie Hahn.

2010 Public Relations Newcomer of the Year
This is the first year that we're awarding the Public Relations Newcomer of the Year Award, and it honored a young lady who has quickly become an expert in public outreach while at Caltrop and now at Simon Wong Engineering. She also serves on the Women's Transportation Seminar Board, PRSA Orange County Diversity Committee and still has time to start studying for her APR next year. The recipient of this award was Evelyn French.

2010 Public Relations Practitioner of the Year
The recipient of this award was born and raised in the Inland Empire. She has an outstanding career in public relations that started in the Rialto Unified School District and is now Vice President and General Manager of one of the most respected PR agencies in the Inland Empire. This year, she led her team to be a finalist of the prestigious Silver Anvil Award, for her team's work with SANBAG's " I-215 Widening Project." It is not every day that we get receive a nomination from a city mayor for someone in our profession. With no further a-do, the recipient of the Public Relations Practitioner of the Year Award is Westbound Communications', Carrie Gilbreth.

Best of Show
The Best of Show award was selected based on a points system - the entry must have received more than 95 points but this recipient received a perfect score! This entry re-launched the ReadyOC campaign with a new website serving as Orange County's public-facing online portal for emergency preparedness. The 2010 recipient in the Website Category is for "ReadyOC Emergency Preparedness Web Portal" presented to Westbound Communications.

 

2010 Polaris Awards Winners

Writing Category
Marcos Menjivar and the Farrell Jones Lay-Up Center
Karen Bradford - Attention to Details

Cowboy Jim--A Montana Range Cowboy in Perris
Karen Bradford - Attention to Details

News Release Category
WRCRWA Solar Project Event Media Advisory
Matthew Buck - Western Municipal Water District

Grand Opening - Milestones Center for Child Development
Kathy Roche - Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center - DIDN'T RSVP - May not attend

Brochure Category
Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District Conservation Guide
O'Reilly Public Relations

Annual Reports Category
2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report "Service at its Best"
Nicole Dailey - San Bernardino County Employees' Retirement Association

AHI 2009 Annual Report
Dustin Jones - Loma Linda University

St. Joseph Health System's FY 09 Online Interactive Annual Report
Westbound Communications

Marketing Communications Category
Spring Break 2010
Hillary Angel - Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism

Overall Public Relations Category
Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District Public Education Outreach and Water Conservation Program
O'Reilly Public Relations

Media Relations Category
Macy's Believe Campaign
Westbound Communications

Community Relations Category
6th Street Rehabilitation Project
Noelle Afualo for the City of Corona

Physicians for Healthy Hospitals Measure P Election
O'Reilly Public Relations

Super Nutricia Campaign
Monique Griffin - Inland Empire Health Plan

 

Special Event and Observances Category
17th Annual Foundation Gala "Got Heart"
Melissa Bassham - Loma Linda University Children's Hospital Foundation


Earth Night in the Garden
Michele McKinnney Underwood - Western Municipal Water District

I-215 Groundbreaking: Stimulus Puts Americans Back To Work
Westbound Communications

Newsletter Category
LLU Nurse Newsletter
Dustin Jones - Loma Linda University

Inside Riverside Newsletter
Karen Roberts - Kaiser Permanente

Quarterly Review Newsletter
Nicole Dailey - San Bernardino County Employees' Retirement Association

Utility Update Newsletter
Marjorie Mitchell - Riverside Public Utilities


Multimedia Category
Western Municipal Water District Messaging Video
Michele McKinnney Underwood - Western Municipal Water District

Special Communication Category
Morongo Basket Weaving Event Program
O'Reilly Public Relations

Benefit Estimate Insert
Nicole Dailey - San Bernardino County Employees' Retirement Association


CHSB Employee Calendar
Sandy Brambila - Community Hospital of San Bernardino


Crisis Communication Category
Criminal Acts of Rogue Nursing Assistant at Care Facility
O'Reilly Public Relations

Crisis Communication Category
EWG Crisis Communications Response
Riverside Public Utilities

 

2010 Capella Awards

Special Events and Observances Category
"Loma Linda Exhibit at Seventh-Day Adventist World Congress"
Richard Weismeyer from Loma Linda University


"Morongo Veterans Memorial Event Program"
O'Reilly Public Relations

Kaiser Permanente, Riverside Medical Center's 20th Anniversary
Karen Roberts, Kaiser Permanente


"Crusade Against Sepsis Awareness Campaign"
Anamaria Bearden from Community Hospital of San Bernardino


Marketing Communications Category
"Whole House Rebate Campaign"
Marjorie Mitchell of Riverside Public Utilities

Mission Hospital's "The Art of Imaging" Exhibit
Westbound Communications

Writing Category
"Loma Linda University Researchers Discover Source For 250 Additional Transplant Hearts"
James Ponder, Loma Linda University

"How becoming a guild lady made me a better man"
James Ponder, Loma Linda University

Annual Reports Category
Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District Annual Report
O'Reilly Public Relations

Financial Report 2009
Marjorie Mitchell, Riverside Public Utilities


Media Press Kit Category
Green Riverside Action Plan
Marjorie Mitchell, Riverside Public Utilities

Social Media Category
Regimental Combat Team 7 Facebook/YouTube Integrated Social Media Campaign
Staff Sgt. Luis Agostini, The Regimental Combat Team 7

Media Relations Category
Regimental Combat Team 7 DVIDS Media Engagements from Afghanistan
Staff Sgt. Luis Agostini, The Regimental Combat Team 7


Congratulations to all the winners! Thank you all for attending and here's to a great 2011!