• The Central West Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association recognized the area’s best work in public relations, marketing and communications during its 2022 Image Awards: Modern PR event April 28.
The local Image Awards competition is conducted annually to recognize outstanding public relations programs and to encourage and promote the development of the public relations profession.
The competition recognizes work in three divisions: Public Relations Programs, Collateral of Public Relations and Digital Tools of Public Relations.
Awards were presented by the chapter president, Melanie Reda, and Image Awards director Laitin Sterling, and were sponsored by Premier Sotheby’s International Realty and Next-Mark.
North Port Parks & Recreation’s “Experience Vintage Florida” Warm Mineral Springs Park Campaign was the top winner with a Grand All Image Award and the Barancik Foundation’s “2021 Year in Review” Annual Report took home a Grand Image Award.
Earning Image Awards were: city of North Port’s “Water Safety Campaign” and “Experience Vintage Florida” Warm Mineral Springs Park Campaign; and Barancik Foundation’s “2021 Year in Review” Annual Report.
Earning Awards of Distinction were: KSC, Inc. and Sarasota Orchestra’s 2022 Sarasota Music Festival “Fellow Recruitment Campaign”; WordSlinger Marketing & PR and Safe Children Coalition’s “Adult Adoption Story”; and Hamlet’s Eatery’s “To Meat or Not to Meat” audience engagement campaign.
Earning Judges Awards for return on investment were: North Port Parks & Recreation’s “Experience Vintage Florida” Warm Mineral Springs Park Campaign; KSC, Inc. and Sarasota Orchestra’s 2022 Sarasota Music Festival “Fellow Recruitment Campaign”; Barancik Foundation’s “2021 Year in Review” Annual Report; and WordSlinger Marketing & PR and Safe Children Coalition’s “Adult Adoption Story.”
Hunter Carpenter, public relations manager at First Watch Restaurants, was named the chapter’s 2022 Joe Curley Rising Leader. Carpenter serves on CWC-FPRA’s board as co-director of events, planning and securing speakers for the chapter’s professional development events. The award identifies and honors an individual FPRA member who demonstrates leadership traits along with dedicated, active involvement in chapter activities, programs, functions and events.
Participation in the Image Awards is not required to enter at the statewide level for the FPRA’s Golden Image Awards; entries are due by May 13. Details can be found at https://www.fpra.org/recognition/golden-image-awards.
• On June 11, Aspen Dental locations nationwide will open their doors to provide free care to military veterans across the country.
Now in its eighth year, the Day of Service provides much-needed dental care for veterans at no cost to honor their service and break down barriers to health care.
Free care will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Advance appointments are required.
In Sarasota County, five Aspen Dental locations are participating.
• 8200 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
• 5696 Tuscola Blvd, North Port.
• 1602 Cortez Road W., Bradenton
• 4246 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice.
• 1195 N. Tamiami Trail, Nokomis.