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.

2017 Blacksmith Awards


Welcome to the NEW Cincinnati Blacksmith Awards. While this prestigious event has taken place each year since 2006, this year we have made multiple changes, including a new submission process, new categories and a beautiful new event logo.

Come celebrate with us! We hope to see you this year as we honor Cincinnati’s brightest PR professionals and recognize their outstanding work over the past year. We will also honor this year's Werner-VonderHaar-Bogart Award recipient, Lauren Doyle, APR, and new to this year's event, celebrate our President's Award recipient.

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Event Details:

Thursday, November 16
The Center - 115 East 5th Street, Cincinnati
5:30 p.m. - Doors open for check-in; Mix and mingle
6:00 p.m. - A special APR recognition and group photo
6:15 p.m. - Dinner begins
6:30 p.m. - The President's Award Ceremony
7:00 p.m. - 2017 Werner-VonderHaar-Bogart Award recipient, Lauren Doyle, APR, honored
7:15 p.m. - Blacksmith Awards Program

$75.00 - PRSA Cincinnati Chapter Members
$75.00 - PRSSA Members
$90.00 - Non-members 
$337.50 - VIP half-table of 5
$650.00 - VIP table of 10  

The deadline to register is 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 9. The deadline to cancel and refund purchased tickets is 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 1.

The closest parking lot to The Center is the Fountain Square parking garage - we encourage those driving to the event to park there. However, there are several additional surface parking lots and garages available in the area. A comprehensive list of parking garages can be found at the following link.  

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Jackie Koopman and Kathleen Williams, APR, co-chairs
Sarah Sampson
Emily Linginfelter


If you are interested in being a 2017 Blacksmith Awards sponsor, please contact Connor Wall for information on packages and opportunities.

Thank you to our 2017 Blacksmith Awards sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor



Platinum Sponsors

MANMAN Design & Photography

McHales Events & Catering


Scooter Media

Vehr Communications

Western & Southern

Wordsworth Communications


Gold Sponsors

Gail Myers Public Relations

Gilchrist Group


Silver Sponsors



In-Kind Sponsors

Joe Simon Photography

PPS Group

Trophy Awards

Presenting Sponsor

Platinum Sponsors


Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

In-Kind Sponsors



Past Winners:

2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009