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PRSA Charlotte Announces UNCC’s Dr. Alan Freitag and Second Harvest Food Bank’s Kay Carter as 2016 Infinity Award and Pegasus Award Honorees

CHARLOTTE, September 23, 2016 /PRSA Charlotte/ -- PRSA Charlotte is pleased to announce the winners of its prestigious Infinity and Pegasus Awards for 2016. The honorees will be recognized and presented with their awards at PRSA Charlotte’s Annual Queen City PR (QCPR) Awards Gala on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at Byron’s South End in Charlotte.

The 2016 Infinity Award will honor Dr. Alan R. Freitag, Professor, Department of Communication Studies, UNC Charlotte. The Infinity Award honors a public relations professional whose character, career and service represent the highest standards and who excels in the practice of public relations and/or has accomplished an outstanding one-time achievement. Recipients have dedicated their careers to the practice of public relations, have achieved substantial success in their professional work and represent the highest standards of ethical conduct in the practice of public relations. PRSA Charlotte will acknowledge the outstanding contributions Dr. Freitag has made over the years to his students, fellow faculty members, the public relations profession, the national PRSA organization and to our PRSA chapter.

The 2016 Pegasus Award will be presented to Kay Carter, CEO, Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. It is given to a respected leader who has made significant contributions to the betterment of the community, enhancing its reputation and prestige through the effective use of exceptional communication and public relations practices.  Carter will be recognized for her successful leadership of the organization which is providing food to more than 700 non-profit agencies serving the hungry in a 19-county region of North and South Carolina, and for her ability to leverage various public relations initiatives to raise awareness of this important issue in the greater Charlotte community.  From press conferences to special events (almost monthly) to children's mobile pantries to the recent groundbreaking of their new warehouse, there's rarely a month (or week) that goes by where the work at Second Harvest isn’t noted by the media.

"PRSA Charlotte takes tremendous pride in honoring Charlotte’s outstanding public relations professionals and leaders in our community annually with our Infinity Award and our Pegasus Award," said Christy Phillips-Brown, chapter president. "Dr. Alan Freitag and Kay Carter are not only successful professionals, but as citizens of the Queen City, they are significantly contributing and impacting our community in immeasurably positive ways."

In additional to presenting the Infinity and Pegasus Awards at the QCPR Awards Gala in November, PRSA Charlotte will also announce the 2016 QCPR Campaign Awards recipients, honoring strategic PR initiatives in Integrated Communications, Community Relations, Crisis Communications, Organizational Relations/Internal Communications and Shoestring Budget Campaign. Sponsors for the evening event include Bank of America, Charlotte’s got alot, Luquire George Andrews (LGA), and Queens University.

The Infinity Award recipient is selected by past Infinity Award honorees, and the Pegasus Award recipient is selected by the PRSA Charlotte Board of Directors. Campaign Award entries are submitted by local public relations agencies and PR departments of Charlotte companies, judged and selected by the Mobile, Alabama Chapter of PRSA.

About PRSA Charlotte
With over 300 members, the Charlotte Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America is one of the region's largest and most active chapters. Founded in 1978, the chapter helps members become more valuable to their organizations and clients—and more successful professionally by providing peer-based support, encouraging professional growth through participation in the chapter's educational programs and leadership roles, and by promoting the highest standards of professional competence and ethics. PRSA Charlotte is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit trade association. For more information, visit www.prsacharlotte.org.

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