PublicRelations Society Presents Annual Awards

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Forty trophies were presented Friday night during the annual awards banquet of the Oklahoma City chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

Approximately three dozen organizations and companies in Oklahoma submitted 85 entries in the chapter's annual contest, President Marcia Hays said. Judges from the Albuquerque, N.M., Public Relations Society of America chapter designated 15 firstace "Upper Case" winners and 23 "Awards of Merit," Hays said.

In addition, a newspaper reporter and a retired public relations executive were honored by the Oklahoma City chapter.

Bob Vandewater, a business reporter for The Daily Oklahoman, received the Clarus Award, while Joyce Outhier, who retired earlier this year after more than three decades in journalism and public relations, received the Harmony Award.

The Clarus Award is presented to a member of the working media who presents the news in a fair and informative manner, said Mike W. Ray, a member of the local chapter's awards committee.

The Harmony Award is presented to a longme member of the local chapter who has furthered the professionalism and practice of public relations, Hays said.

Other awards handed out during the banquet, which was at the Waterford Hotel, included:

Brochures _ Upper Case: Kerr-McGee Corp.; Awards of Merit: Jordan Associates and International Association of Business Communicators.

Magazines _ Upper Case: McMillen Associates; Awards of Merit: Oklahoma City University Office of Public Information and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

Annual Reports _ Upper Case (tie): Mercy Health Center and Jordan Associates; Award of Merit: Presbyterian Health Foundation. …