PRSA Charlotte Announces 2012 Chapter Award Winners

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Oct. 11, 2012) – The Charlotte chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) will honor Dan Murrey, executive director of Charlotte in 2012, and two public relations professionals at its annual awards dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 14. PRSA Charlotte's 2012 award winners:

Pegasus Award – Dan Murrey

The Pegasus Award honors an individual outside of the public relations profession who demonstrates superior knowledge and use of public relations for the betterment of the community. Dan Murrey, Executive Director of Charlotte in 2012, the Democratic National Convention local organizing committee, is this year’s winner. This award will be presented to Murrey by the 2011 Pegasus Award recipient, Bob Morgan from the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.

Infinity Award – Janet C. Hart

The Infinity Award honors a local public relations professional whose character, career and service represent the highest standards for the profession. Janet C. Hart, APR, CFEE, Vice President of Public Relations and Communications for the Better Business Bureau is this year’s winner. This award will be presented to Hart by the 2011 Infinity Award recipient, Dr. Dean Kruckeberg from UNC Charlotte.

Young Professional Award – Elisabeth Podair

The PRSA Charlotte Young Professional Award honors a younger member of the chapter, with less than seven years of industry experience, who exemplifies strong professional capabilities, leadership qualities, service to the public relations community and a respected character. Elisabeth Podair, Account Executive for Spark Strategic Ideas, is this year’s winner. This award will be presented to Podair by the 2010 award recipient, Ryan McShane from Taylor Strategy.

“These three professionals exemplify excellence in public relations at all levels,” said Benny Smith, president of PRSA Charlotte. “Each has made significant contributions to our profession and community and we’re proud to recognize them.”

The PRSA Charlotte Awards Celebration will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 14 at Byron's in the Design Center of the Carolinas. Tickets for the cocktail hour and plated dinner may be purchased in advance through www.prsacharlotte.org, or click here to go directly to the event page: $60 for members and $75 for non-members. Tables of eight are available for $600 and tables of 10 are available for $750 and may be purchased through the website as well. Organizations wishing to sponsor the gala may contact Benny Smith.

About PRSA Charlotte

Founded in 1978, PRSA Charlotte has approximately 250 members representing public relations professionals in corporate, nonprofit, government and consulting sectors. The association emphasizes continuing education, professional accreditation, networking and adherence to ethical standards. For more information, visit www.prsacharlotte.org.