26th annual Golden Spike Awards winners recognized for excellence in public relations

Pick on This, Make a ChangeThe Golden Spike Awards Organizing Committee congratulates the Utah Valley University Communication Department on their entry, “Pick On This, Make A Change,” in the category of community relations campaigns, not-for-profit, which took Best of Show with a perfect score at the 26th annual Golden Spike Awards on November 14, 2013.

“We received so many good entries this year,” said Bryan Packer, president of the Greater Salt Lake Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. “We had a record number of entries and participants in our annual Golden Spike Awards. Congratulations to all the winners.”

In all, 41 Awards of Merit, 26 Golden Spike Awards, four individual awards and one Best of Show Award were presented at the annual event recognizing excellence in public relations and business communications in Utah.

“For 26 years now, public relations practitioners in Utah have come together to recognize professional excellence in the annual Golden Spike Awards. We’re thrilled that so many of this year’s winners, including Best of Show, came from Utah Valley,” said Brittney Maxfield, president of the Utah Valley Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. “The awards demonstrate the level of professionalism and accomplishment by business communicators throughout the state.”

2013 Golden Spike Awards winners, in alphabetical order, were:
Golden Spike Awards trophy

“Algorithms for Innovation” by University of Utah Health Sciences
“Antisocial Networks? Applying Crucial Conversations to the Digital Age” by VitalSmarts
“Be Cool Not Cruel” by Utah Valley University Communication Department
“Be Cool, Not Cruel Awareness Month Against Bullying” by Utah Valley University Communication Department
“Ben McAdams Outdoor Campaign” by Love Communications
“Bingham Canyon Mine Slide Crisis Management” by Rio Tinto Kennecott and Penna Powers Brian Haynes
“Business Improvement Kaizen Events Video” by Rio Tinto Kennecott and Penna Powers Brian Haynes
“Clear the Air Challenge Lifestyle Blogger Event” by Clear the Air Challenge and Penna Powers Brian Haynes
“Dash Changes His Ways” by Intermountain Medical Center
“First Tiffany & Co. Christmas” by Tiffany & Co. and Intrepid
“Great Utah ShakeOut 2013” by Utah Division of Emergency Management and Be Ready Utah
“Harmons Grocery Stores Media Relations” by Harmons Grocery Stores and Penna Powers Brian Haynes
“I-15 CORE End Is Near Movie Trailer” by Utah Department of Transportation and Penna Powers Brian Haynes
“Intrepid Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Holiday Card” by Intrepid
“Pick On This, Make A Change” by Utah Valley University Communication Department
“Providing Parity for Cancer Patients” by Love Communications
“Quiet at Night” by Intermountain Healthcare
“School of Medicine Class Size” by University of Utah Health Sciences
“Stop Whooping Cough Pertussis Poster” by the Salt Lake County Health Department and Penna Powers Brian Haynes
“Stop Whooping Cough Pertussis Vaccination Campaign” by Salt Lake County Health Department and Penna Powers Brian Haynes
“UDOT At the CORE” by Utah Department of Transportation, Intrepid and Penna Powers Brian Haynes
“UDOT Employee Morale Research” by Utah Department of Transportation with Intrepid
“UDOT I-15 CORE Social Media Campaign” by Utah Department of Transportation with Intrepid
“UDOT SNAP ’Walk More in Four’” by Intrepid
“Utah Jazz 2012-2013 Season Campaign” by Larry H. Miller Group with Intrepid
“Zions Bank Community Magazine” by Zions Bank and Lumin Publishing

The 2013 Golden Spike Awards were sponsored by Westminster College, BrandHive, Business Wire and Zions Bank.

“We greatly appreciate the support of our sponsors as well as members of the Golden Spike Awards Organizing Committee and their employers,” said Pete Codella, APR, co-chair of the 2013 Golden Spike Awards. “Without their support, the Golden Spike Awards would not be possible.”

“We also received in-kind support from Alexander’s and Atomic Creative Services,” added Susan Bellomy, Golden Spike Awards co-chair. “This year’s event was very successful. I’m looking forward to chairing the 2014 Golden Spike Awards as we continue to produce and recognize excellent public relations work in Utah.”

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