2023 is right around the corner and it’s officially circle back season. We have one ask for you before you head out for a well-deserved holiday break: mark your calendars to join us on the third Thursday of each month for lunch, networking and professional development. We’re bringing back our monthly luncheons and we can’t wait to see you again. From leveraging award recognitions to our highly anticipated media panel and everything in between, we’ll be helping you further your career throughout 2023. Additional details, including registration, coming in the new year.
Thank you to all who joined us this month for our annual holiday party and awards celebration. Your presence not only made for a fun evening but a meaningful awards ceremony for our distinguished and deserving recipients (see more below).
This year’s holiday party, as well as all of our 2022 programming, was made possible by an all-volunteer group of Board members and committee members. It takes a village and I truly appreciate mine. I want to thank outgoing Board members Past President Elyse Jones, Community Outreach Christy McGee, APR director of communications with Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8, and Awards Chair Erin Connolly, manager of marketing and human resources with Active Release Techniques, for their leadership and work the past few years, especially during the pandemic as we pivoted over and over. Their contributions are many and beyond appreciated by my fellow Board members and me.
I also want to welcome our incoming Board members, Krista Heinicke, director of public relations with The Broadmoor, and Mayo Davison, communications specialist with the Space Foundation. If you’re interested in joining a committee to help our Board this year, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love your participation.
Wishing you a peaceful and relaxing year end. We’ll see you in 2023.
2023 President, Pikes Peak PRSA Board of Directors
Congratulations to our award recipients honored at this year’s holiday party on Dec. 9:
2023 Fred Morgan Scholar: Mayo Davison, Space Foundation
Fred W. Morgan Scholarship is awarded to a new professional who has been in the PR field between one and five years and is not yet a member of PRSA. Scholarship covers the dues ($300 value) for the first year and provides an opportunity for Board service.
Pinnacle Award: JP Arnold, APR, Bridgers & Paxton
The Pinnacle Award is awarded for lifetime achievement in the field of public relations. Recipient must be a member in good standing of PRSA and the Pikes Peak Chapter with a minimum of 20 years of experience in the field of Public Relations.
PeakPRo Excellence in PR Awards
The Peak Pro Award is awarded to an individual or organization for PR work that stands out as exceptionally effective, creative and/or inspiring, and exhibit personal and professional qualities that make them role models for other PR practitioners.
It is with much respect and gratitude that we recognized the outstanding work of several individuals and organizations for demonstrating the highest level in professionalism for their work as PIOs following the tragedy at Club Q. Their commitment to excellence reflects great credit upon themselves, their organizations, our community and the public relations sector.
Colorado Springs Police Department
City of Colorado Springs Communications
El Paso County
Colorado Springs Fire Department
Office of the District Attorney, Fourth Judicial District
El Paso County Sherriff’s Department
El Paso County Public Health
Visit Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs Utilities
Fountain Police Department