2009 Blacksmith Awards Winners

On Monday, May 18th Cincinnati PRSA honored the best public relations work done at the local, national and international levels for corporate, agency and non-profit clients.  Tom Callinan, Editor of The Cincinnati Enquirer, and Master of Ceremonies presented the bronze and silver winners and finalists for the evening:

  • Nonprofit PR Campaign of the Year
    Winner – Luxottica Retail - OneSight Brand Launch
    Silver Finalist - Strata-G Communications - Floodwall:  A Katrina Memorial 
    Silver Finalist – Northlich, Inc. - Everyday Heroes
  • For-Profit PR Campaign of the Year
    Winner – Strata-G Communications - Avery Dennison Graphics & Reflective Product
  • Media Relations Campaign of the Year
    Winner – Northlich, Inc. - CCHMC Launches Liberty Campus
    Silver Finalist - PR~Link Public Relations - Avalon Clearcreek Launch 
    Bronze Finalist - 
    Northlich, Inc - You Can Stand Under Our Umbrella, 'Ella, 'Ella 
    Bronze Finalist - Lisa Desatnik 2008 YMCA Character Awards 
  • Community Relations Campaign of the Year
    Winner – metaphor studio LLC - Cincinnati USA Rocks VH1
    Silver Finalist - Northlich, Inc. - Tobacco:  It's a Death Issue 
    Bronze Finalist -  BAE Systems - BAE Systems Cincinnati-based Corporate Responsibility Program 
  • Government Affairs Campaign of the Year Tie
    Winner – 
    Eisen Marketing Group - HAN Becomes NF
    Winner – The Voice of Your Customer - 2008 University Anti-Tobacco Campaign
  • Multicultural PR Campaign of the Year
    Winner – The Voice of Your Customer - 2008 Minority Health Month Media Campaign
  • Integrated Marketing Campaign of the Year
    Winner – Northlich, Inc. - Freshside Grill Launch for Long John's 
    Silver Finalist - metaphor studio LLC - Cincinnati USA Rocks VH1
    Silver Finalist - Northlich, Inc. - CCHMC Launches Liberty Campus
  • Public Relations Professional of the Year
    Winner – Pam Gilchrist - PR~Link Public Relations
  • Young Public Relations Professional of the Year
    Winner – Ashley Walters - Northlich
  • Communications Team of the Year
    Winner – Kelly Albertina & Elizabeth Huber- ABX Air
  • CEO Communicator of the Year
    Winner – James C. Votruba -Northern Kentucky University
  • Small PR Agency of the Year
    Winner – The Voice of Your Customer
  • Mid-Size PR Agency of the Year
    Winner – GameDay Communications
  • Large PR Agency of the Year
    Winner – Northlich, Inc.
  • News Release
    Winner – Northlich, Inc. - Long John Silver's Introduces New Freshside Grill Menu
  • News Conference/Publicity Stunt
    Winner – Northlich, Inc. - The Umbrella, 'Ella, 'Ella Media Affair
  • Electronic Press Kit or Media Website
    Winner – Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center - Bariatric Surgery Study
  • Media Kit

    Winner – PR~Link Public Relations, LLC - Avalon Clearcreek Launch

    Silver Finalist - Eisen Marketing Group - NKES

  • Best Placement

Winner – PR~Link Public Relations, LLC - Avalon Clearcreek Launch

Silver Finalist – Northlich, Inc. - Perez Hilton Can Stand Under Our Umbrella

  • Satellite Media Tour

Winner – Game Day Communications - John Morrell Running of the Weiners Satellite Media Tour

  • Op Ed/Bylined Article

Winner – Eisen Marketing Group - HAN Position Paper

  • External Magazine

Winner – Northern Kentucky University - Northern Magazine

  • Internal Newsletter

Winner – Metro - Drive Newsletter

  • Employee Event

Winner – Luxottica Retail - Columbus LOM Grand Opening

  • Public Service Announcement

Winner – Northern Kentucky University - Dreamers Welcome Video

  • Crisis Plan/Response

Winner – Game Day Communications - Fire at Mile 22 on the Course of the 2008 Flying Pig Marathon

Silver Finalist – Strata-G Communications - TimberTech

  • Corporate Identity

Winner – Eisen Marketing Group - Neighborhood Foundations

Silver Finalist - Strata-G Communications - Bosch Power Tools: Building a Transcandent Brand

  • Non-Traditional Marketing

Winner – Northlich, Inc. - Caraoke with Carolla

  • Product Launch

Winner – Northlich, Inc. - Rihanna Redefines the Umbrella, 'Ella, 'Ella

  • Brochure

Winner – Life's Eyes Media - Cintas' Clothe the Kids Goodwill Project Brochure

  • Experiential Marketing - Tie

Winner – Northlich, Inc. - Caraoke with Carolla

Winner – Game Day Communications - Cincinnati Reds Caravan sponsored by CincinnatiUSA.com

  • Website

Winner – Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau - More Memorable: Cincinnati USA Launches New Online Presence

Silver Finalist - Northlich, Inc - White Castle: craveiscalling.com

Bronze Finalist - Eisen Marketing Group - The A Word Ohio.com 

  • Intranet

Winner – Luxottica Retail - BLU Room Intranet Portal

  • Electronic Newsletter

Winner – Northern Kentucky University - NKU Alumni e-newsletter

  • Special Event/Tradeshow

Winner – Northlich, Inc. - Celebrity Chef Demonstrates Tools of the Trade

  • Special Event/Newsletter

Silver Finalist - Strata-G Communications -Northern Kentucky Tri-Ed 
Silver Finalist - PR~Link Public Relations - Avalon Clearcreek Launch

  • Speech Writing

Winner – Northern Kentucky University - NKU 40th Anniversary

Silver Finalist - Northern Kentucky University – The Lincoln Awards

  • Feature Story

Winner – PR~Link Public Relations, LLC - Avalon Clearcreek Launch

  • Special Video Project

Winner – PR~Link Public Relations, LLC - Avalon Clearcreek Launch

Silver Finalist - Luxottica Retail - OneSight Global Launch Video

Silver Finalist - American Cancer Society - Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Video

  • Research

Winner – The Voice of Your Customer - OHD AA Male

Judging was done by the West Virginia chapter of PRSA,http://www.prsawv.org/.

The award ceremony was held at the Newport Syndicate in Newport, KY.