Chapter Awards



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. 

The Winners have been announced! 

More than 100 awards were announced at the 20th Century Theater during the Nov. 13 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. 

The curtain is rising on your outstanding work!

Thursday, Nov. 13 at 5 p.m.
20th Century Theater | Oakley

We’re rolling out the red carpet for you at the 2014 Blockbuster Blacksmith Awards. Join us to celebrate the hard work and creativity of you and your colleagues. This year’s event features:

  • J. Todd Anderson, storyboard artist for some of Hollywood’s biggest hits – True Grit, Men in Black, Fargo, The Big Lebowski and more – will be our emcee for the evening.
  • A full dinner buffet! You asked and we answered. Attendees will enjoy a VIP meal with entrees, sides and dessert.
  • Special surprises all night – fun raffles, delicious treats, photo booth and more.
  • APR recognition ceremony – A moment to celebrate all our APRs and the dedication it took to receive their accreditation.

2014 ticket prices:

  • $50 – APRs
  • $55 – Members (Members may purchase up to 4 tickets at the member rate)
  • $65 – Non-members
  • $375 – VIP Table of 8

Questions? Contact:

Elaine Zeinner or Kathleen Williams

A special thanks to our sponsors:

  • Wordsworth Communications – Platinum Sponsor
  • Copperfox Marketing – Gold Sponsor
  • Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber – Gold Sponsor
  • Creatives on Call – Gold Sponsor
  • Gail Myers PR – Gold Sponsor
  • The Flottman Company – Gold Sponsor
  • Halo Branded Solutions – Silver Sponsor
  • The PPS Group – Silver Sponsor
  • Shelley Klingelsmith Whaley – Design Sponsor
  • SpeedPro – Signage Sponsor
  • Cupcakes with a Fork – Dessert Sponsor

2014 Call for Entries for Cincinnati PRSA’s 2014 Blockbuster Blacksmith Awards!

It’s time to raise the curtain on the 2014 Blockbuster Blacksmith Awards.

This year, our awards will have a dash of movie magic as we’ll be hosting and toasting the best of Greater Cincinnati’s public relations campaigns, tactics and professionals at the 20th Century Theatre in Oakley. Save the date for Thursday, Nov. 13! And take the rest of the summer to evaluate your work, select the best, and prepare your entries.

As you read through the 2014 Call for Entries, you’ll see that we are going electronic this year. Like many PRSA chapters across the country, we’re opting for electronic submissions – no more running to Staples at the last minute for binders, or standing over the copying machine. You’ll find easy-to-follow directions in the Call for Entries, as well as all the necessary submission forms, below. Submissions are due by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 10.

We know that Greater Cincinnati is a hotbed of creative PR talent. Don’t underestimate your work, or the work of your organization. Enter it in the 2014 Blockbuster Blacksmiths and join us on Nov. 13 in celebrating the best of the best!

Questions? Contact:

Elaine Zeinner, APR:
Kathleen Williams, APR:

2014 Call for Entries
2014 Blacksmith Awards Entry Form
Electronic Entry Instructions
Online Registration



Previous Winners: 2013, 201220112010200920072006

Presidents Award

This award is given annually to an individual in honor of his or her use of public relations toward achieving a significant improvement in the quality of life in Greater Cincinnati.

Presidents Award 2013

In 2013, Cincinnati PRSA presented its annual Presidents Award to Dr. Catherine Roma of MUSE, Cincinnati's Women's Choir, May 15 at St. John's Unitarian Universalist Church. The award-winning MUSE kicked-off the event with an inspirational performance. The chapter extends a special thank you to its past presidents who served as special "patrons" of the event. The Presidents Award honors individuals who are not PR professionals but who use PR to improve the Greater Cincinnati community.

View previous winners here.

WVB Award

The Werner-VonderHaar-Bogart (WVB) Award is the highest honor that the Cincinnati PRSA Chapter can bestow upon a member. It is given to a member to recognize service to the Chapter, the community, the society and the profession.

The award is named after William Werner, Edward VonderHaar and Judith Bogart, three public relations leaders who served as presidents of the Cincinnati chapter and later served as PRSA national presidents.

For more information about the WVB Award, including a list of past recipients click  here.

WVB Nov. 13, 2013

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Debbie Copeland-Bloom, APR, was the 2013 WVB recipient. She was honored at the Blacksmith Awards at the Hyatt Regency on Nov. 13. While she has changed professions over the years, Debbie will tell you that her calling is communications.

It started with visual communications…she earned a degree in Graphic Design from UC’s School of Design, Art, and Architecture. She worked as an art director for a small in-house agency, and then took time off to start a family. When she restarted her career, Debbie turned her attention from visual communications to the written word. She attended the Editing and Publishing Program at UC, interning with the Academy of Medicine. That led her to public relations at ChoiceCare, a local non-profit managed care organization. In her eight years there, Debbie transitioned from writing and producing publications to media relations and strategic PR planning. When ChoiceCare was sold to Humana, she transitioned from health insurance to health delivery, leading the public relations function at Mercy Health Partners for the next eight years. When she left Mercy due to a restructuring, she checked out a new industry…banking, developed new skillsets as a service center representative with Macys, and began freelance writing. It was through her freelance work that Debbie returned to the Mercy family…working for its parent organization, Catholic Health Partners. When CHP began implementing its electronic health record, she was hired to establish communications strategies and processes to support the 5-year, $350 million project. After creating a communications framework for the initiative, she transitioned to CHP’s corporate communications department where she now focuses on internal communications for Ohio’s largest health system and fourth-largest employer.