Blacksmith Awards


2015 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. 

2015 Blacksmith Awards

Mark your calendars and plan to join PRSA Cincinnati Chapter for its premier recognition event of the year. The 2015 Blacksmith Awards recognizes the best of the best and celebrates the innovative public relations work done in Cincinnati over the last 12 months.

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Thursday, November 19
Bell Event Center - 444 Reading Road, Cincinnati
5:00 p.m. - Doors open for check-in and networking
6:00 p.m. - Dinner and program
Early Bird Rates (until November 4 at 5:00 p.m.)
$50 for APRs
$55 for PRSA Cincinnati Chapter Members
$55 for PRSSA Members
$65 for Non-members 
$375 for a VIP table of 8

Regular Rates: 
$55 for APRs 
$60 for PRSA Cincinnati Chapter Members
$60 for PRSSA Members
$70 for Non-members 
$415 for a VIP table of 8 

Deadline to register for early bird rates is Wednesday, November 4 at 5:00 p.m.
Final registration deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 9 (this is also the deadline to cancel and receive a refund)

Free parking is available at the Bell Event Center parking lot. There is also parking for a nominal fee at the Casino and street parking around the facility. 

Passed hors d'oeuvres, assorted cheese and fresh fruit will be served during networking. Cash bar available  
Dinner includes:

  • Assorted fresh salads with freshly baked local breads
  • Roasted vegetables and penne pasta tossed in a white wine sauce, topped with fresh basil and shaved parmigiana
  • Linguini with marinated and grilled chicken in marinara sauce
  • Carved London broil with horseradish cream sauce
  • Crisp broccolini with roasted garlic oil, lemon essence and toasted almonds
  • Smoked ancho chili rice with golden raisins, scallions and roasted red pepper

A maximum of 200 tickets will be sold! Don't be left out - get your tickets now!

In addition to honoring our Blacksmith Awards recipients, we will also be honoring the 2015 WVB Award recipient.

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Meet our 2015 Blacksmith Awards emcee, Betsy Ross


Betsy has been a fixture in the Cincinnati television market for more than 20 years, beginning her career out of college at WCPO-TV. Since then she has worked in Indianapolis, in New York and back in Cincinnati at WLWT-TV and, presently, at WXIX-TV as a sports anchor.

Her national TV resume includes anchoring at SportsChannel America, now part of the Fox Sports regional system, and five years as an anchor at ESPN.

Since 2002 she has been the president and co-founder of Game Day Communications, a sports p.r. and events company with clients ranging from the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon to the 2015 All-Star Game to Western & Southern Open Tennis and the new Liberty Center lifestyle retail shopping complex.

In between, Betsy teaches P.R. and Sports at Xavier University, serves as in-stadium announcer for a number of University of Cincinnati sports and works Bengals games as part of the Junglevision crew.

In 2010 Betsy wrote "Playing Ball With the Boys: The Rise of Women in the World of Men's Sports" highlighting interviews with such groundbreaking women in sports as Lesley Visser, Christine Brennan and Billie Jean King.

In 2015 she was presented with an Emmy® award from the Ohio Valley Chapter, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, for "Lauren Hill: Her First Collegiate Game" Broadcast. Other awards include the State of Ohio Governor's Small Business Award, Telly Award, "The Story of Pete Rose" video for Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, Ball State University Distinguished Alumni and Leading Women in Cincinnati.

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Questions about the Blacksmith Awards? Contact:
Sara Cullin, APR:
Maureen Richmond, APR: 

Thank you to our 2015 Blacksmith Awards sponsors:

Department of Communication, University of Cincinnati - Silver Sponsor

Forza Marketing - Silver Sponsor

Rose Communications - Silver Sponsor

Trophy Awards - Silver Sponsor

Vehr Communications - Silver Sponsor

Life's Eyes Media - A/V Sponsor

Joe Simon Photography - Photography Sponsor


Intrinzic - Platinum Sponsor

Northlich - Platinum Sponsor

Wordsworth Communications - Platinum Sponsor

Creatives on Call - Gold Sponsor

Gail Myers PR - Gold Sponsor

Mercy Health - Gold Sponsor

Toyota - Gold Sponsor



Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors

A/V Sponsor

Photography Sponsor

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2014 Blacksmith Winners

More than 100 awards were announced at the 20th Century Theater during the 2014 ceremony. The Blacksmith Awards recognize the best and most effective public relations campaigns and tactics executed in Greater Cincinnati throughout the year. Only one top award —the Blacksmith -- is given in each category.

To view the press release and the full list of winners, click here. 

Past Winners:

2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009