2014 GFW PRSA Worthy Awards Gala

Are you Worthy? Find out at the 2014 GFW PRSA Worthy Awards Gala.

Worthy-AwardsSiteHonoring the best in strategic communications, the Worthy Awards are presented to Fort Worth’s most inspiring, innovative and influential communicators. Don’t miss the presentation of these awards at the 2014 Worthy Awards Gala.

Thursday, May 29 • 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The Fort Worth Club (306 West 7th, Fort Worth, TX 76102)

FWISD Superintendent Walter Dansby will receive the Communicator of the Year Award. A committee selected Dansby in large part due to the instrumental leadership he provided in two major FWISD initiatives last year — the implementation of a new strategic plan and a $489.9 million Capital Improvement Program (bond campaign). Both have the potential to impact the district for years and required extensive strategic communications planning and guided implementation. Don’t miss this fantastic soiree at the historic Fort Worth Club located in the heart of downtown.

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Cost: $75 per person & $50 for students
Tables (of 10 seats) may be purchased for $600.

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FWISD Superintendent Walter Dansby to be honored as “Communicator of the Year” at third annual Worthy Awards

WorthyAwards_GalaFWISD Superintendent Walter Dansby will receive the Communicator of the Year Award from the Greater Fort Worth Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America at the third annual Worthy Awards dinner on Thursday, May 29, at the Fort Worth Club.

In addition to the Communicator of the Year Award, GFW-PRSA plans to present around two dozen awards to area public relations and communications professionals for strategic communications programs and campaigns, including Best of Show. The evening begins with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7, followed by the awards presentation. Individual tickets are $75 and tables of 10 are available for $600 at http://www.worthyawards.com.

A keystone of the Worthy Awards, the Communicator of the Year Award is presented to a leader outside the public relations profession who exemplifies open, effective communication.

A committee selected Dansby as Communicator of the Year in large part due to the instrumental leadership he provided in two major FWISD initiatives last year — the implementation of a new strategic plan and a $489.9 million Capital Improvement Program (bond campaign). Both have the potential to impact the district for years and required extensive strategic communications planning and guided implementation.

Dansby’s nominators referenced last year’s bond initiative and his herculean efforts to educate the public about the district’s needs and engage the community in meaningful discussion. His actions to ensure success for Fort Worth’s students by drawing support for the bond election reflect his approach to community engagement at all levels.

As one nominator said, “Everyone who knows Mr. Dansby knows his engagement and enthusiasm are not something he turns on just to get a bond passed. He leads daily as one who is knowledgeable and passionate about educating all the children of Fort Worth.”

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Other notable Community of the Year award winners are Mayor Betsy Price, who was honored for her open style of communication and community engagement in 2013, and former Councilman Joel Burns, who received the inaugural award.

The Worthy Awards were created in 2012 to celebrate the region’s best in public relations and communications. The program is sponsored by the Fort Worth Business Press, J.O., AECOM in association with Dikita, Tarrant County College, Glen E. Ellman Photography, Crown Printed Products & Services, Ware & Associates, Ratio Digital Media, TCU School of Strategic Communication and Lockheed Martin.

For more information about the Worthy Awards or for ticket information for the gala, visit http://www.worthyawards.com.


Worthy Awards Call for Entries

The Greater Fort Worth Chapter of PRSA presents:


Recognizing the Best in Strategic Communications

Categories include full campaigns and tactics ranging from digital and video to writing and media relations – your very best work from January – December 2013. Awards will be given for outstanding achievement in a strategic multi-tactic program and for the items or components that contribute to the success of an overall program or campaign. Additional awards will be given for Communicator of the Year and student work.

Winners and runners-up will be announced May 29, 2014 at the Worthy Awards dinner celebration at the Fort Worth Club.

Entry Deadline Extended to April 11, 2014

To enter, and see the full list of categories, visit http://worthyawards.com.


PRSA Luncheon: Show You’re Worthy


Join the Greater Fort Worth PRSA chapter for lunch and learn about plans for the 2014 Worthy Awards. Hear some tips about how to put your best foot forward with a winning nomination! The GFW PRSA Chapter’s Worthy Awards were presented for the first time in 2012, and the professional recognition program grew substantially in its second year. Committee members are working now to make the awards process and event even better in 2014.

This year’s Worthy Awards co-chair, Holly Ellman, will kick things off with an overview of plans and key dates for this year’s awards, leading up to the celebration and awards night at the Fort Worth Club on Thursday, May 29. Next, co-chair Joe Stout will talk about the new entry process and share some recommendations from past judges about how to create a nomination that shows the full value of your communications product or project. Also, the 2013 Worthy Award Best of Show winner Gigi Westerman, APR, Fellow PRSA and her client Shannon Wingo from the Tarrant County Public Health Department will discuss their award winning strategic communications program: “Breastfeeding Works,” a campaign designed to educate employees and elicit support for a new worksite lactation policy.

Wednesday, February 12 • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Colonial Country Club (3735 Country Club Circle, Fort Worth, TX 76109)

Complimentary valet parking provided!

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  • GFW PRSA Members – $25
  • National PRSA Members – $30
  • Non-members – $35
  • Students – $20

Walk-ups: Add an additional $5 to the above prices

To account for additional costs associated with walk-ups and other meeting services, the Greater Fort Worth Chapter of PRSA uses the following reservation policy: Online reservations are due no later than 5 pm the Friday prior to the luncheon, and cancellations must be made by 5 p.m. the day before the luncheon. No-shows will be billed or a representative may attend in that person’s place at no additional charge. Walk-ups are accepted for an additional $5 if space is available.

About the Speakers:

Holly Ellman
HollyElman Holly Ellman serves as assistant director of communications in TCU’s office of Strategic Communications Management, with a focus on media relations. She manages the University’s faculty experts and provides strategic marketing and communication services to TCU’s College of Science & Engineering. Holly’s past work experience includes serving in a public relations capacity for Texas Wesleyan University, Fort Worth Country Day School, Witherspoon Advertising & Public Relations and Casa Manana Theatre. She began her undergraduate studies at TCU and earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas Wesleyan University. She is on the board of directors of Imagination Celebration of Fort Worth and is a member of the National Charity League, Fort Worth Chapter, with her daughter, Rachel. Holly is a past president of the Greater Fort Worth Chapter of PRSA and currently serves as an assembly delegate and Worthy Awards co-chair.

Joe Stout
JoeStoutJoe Stout is Director of Integrated Communications for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, where he leads a team of 40 employees who perform media relations, internal communications, community relations, marketing communications and graphics/multimedia functions in Grand Prairie, Texas and Orlando, Florida.  Joe has more than 30 years of public relations experience in the aerospace industry, including extensive work in media relations and international communications. Joe previously spent two years as a reporter at a daily newspaper, is a native of Dallas, and holds a degree in English and Journalism from Texas A&M-Commerce.

Gigi Westerman, APR, Fellow PRSA
Gigi-WestermanLRGigi Westerman, APR, Fellow PRSA, began her career as a television news producer and reporter before transitioning into public relations, where she worked primarily in the healthcare and insurance sectors. In 2001, she founded Strategic Image, Inc. to help organizations create memorable and measurable communication campaigns designed to achieve their business goals.  Westerman’s expertise includes strategic planning, brand development, crisis communication, issues management, media relations, social media planning and media and brand ambassador training. In addition to winning two Worthy Awards last year, Westerman was also named a finalist in the PR News Nonprofit Awards and was awarded a PRSA Silver Anvil Award of Excellence. Her client roster includes leaders in government, insurance, healthcare, law and the nonprofit sector.

Shannon O’Quin Wingo, R.D., L.D., IBCLC, RLC
ShannonO'QuinWingoShannon O’Quin Wingo, R.D., L.D., IBCLC, RLC is a registered dietitian & board certified lactation consultant who has worked for the Texas Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program (WIC) program for 20 years. She is currently employed by Tarrant County Public Health as the WIC program Breastfeeding Coordinator.