2016 Blacksmith Awards


The Blacksmith Awards, presented by the Cincinnati chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, honor the best of Greater Cincinnati’s public relations community, from talented, experienced practitioners to stellar work that has local, national and international impact. 


2016 Blacksmith Awards

We’ve added another stop along the Cincinnati Bell Connector route – the 2016 Cincinnati PRSA Blacksmith Awards. Come aboard now - the night promises to be a jam-packed evening of fun and celebration as we honor the great PR work happening right here in Cincinnati.

Eventbrite - 2016 Blacksmith Awards

Thursday, November 17
Rhinegeist Brewery - 1910 Elm Street, Cincinnati
5:00 p.m. - Doors open for check-in and networking
5:45 p.m. - Dinner and program
$70 for PRSA Cincinnati Chapter Members
$70 for PRSSA Members
$85 for Non-members 
$520 for a VIP table of 8 

The registration deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 9 (this is also the deadline to cancel and receive a refund)

As Rhinegeist is on the Cincinnati Bell Connector line, and adjacent to the Brewery District stop, we encourage attendees to take the Connector to the event. If you choose to drive, limited, free parking is available at the venue parking lot. You can also use the Findlay Market parking lot.

Schedule of Events:

5:00 p.m.
: Mix and mingle with award-winning professionals and enjoy appetizers and beer from Rhinegeist.
5:45 p.m.: Dinner begins.
6:00 p.m.: The event kicks off with a special APR recognition and group photo.
6:15 p.m.: 2016 Werner-VonderHaar Bogart Award recipient, Carrie Phillippi, APR,  honored
6:30 p.m.: Blacksmith finalists honored

This year’s event features:

  • A full dinner buffet with plenty of beers on-tap from Rhinegeist Brewery.
  • Special surprises all night, including Cincinnati Bell Connector memorabilia.
  • APR recognition ceremony – A moment to celebrate all our APRs and the dedication it took to receive their accreditation.
  • Fritsch from the Q102 morning show as our emcee.
  • Giveaways - two lucky attendees will win Rookwood Tiles to commemorate the grand opening of the Cincinnati Bell Connector, and another lucky attendee wil win a $50 Visa gift card courtesy of TruPartner Credit Union

SORTA/Metro CEO & General Manager Dwight A. Ferrell will discuss the important role public relations played in helping prepare Greater Cincinnati for the arrival of the new Cincinnati Bell Connector, including how to #BeStreetcarSafe, through the use of social media, special events, media relations and community engagement.

A maximum of 200 tickets will be sold! Don’t be left out – get your tickets now! Tickets are availabe until Wednesday, November 9 at 5:00 p.m. This is also the deadline to cancel and receive a refund.

Eventbrite - 2016 Blacksmith Awards

2016 Blacksmith Sponsors

If you are interested in being a 2016 Blacksmith Award sponsor, please contact Lauren Doyle, APR for information on packages and opportunities.

Thank you to our 2016 Blacksmith Awards sponsors:

Arnold Printing - In-Kind Sponsor

Cincinnati Bell Connector - In-Kind Sponsor

The Eisen Agency - In-Kind Sponsor

Joe Simon Photography - In-Kind Sponsor

The Phoenix - In-Kind Sponsor

Prestige AV & Creative Services - In-Kind Sponsor

TruPartner Credit Union - In-Kind Sponsor

US Digital Partners - Platinum Sponsor

Vehr Communications - Platinum Sponsor

Wordsworth Communications - Platinum Sponsor

Gail Myers PR - Gold Sponsor

Intrinzic - Gold Sponsor

Rose Communications - Gold Sponsor

Scooter Media - Gold Sponsor

Toyota - Gold Sponsor


Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

In-Kind Sponsors

Past Winners:

2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009