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Congratulations to Louisiana's Lantern Award Winners!

The Southern Public Relations Federation (SPRF) recognized outstanding work in the field of public relations during the Lantern Awards ceremony held September 20 at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort in Sandestin, Fla.

Awards, including Certificates of Merit, Awards of Excellence and Lantern Awards, were given within three tiers. Of the Lantern Awards given, the judges also select the Best of Show Award and two Judges’ Choice Awards.

The University of Southern Mississippi (member of Public Relations Association of Mississippi, Pine Belt Chapter) received the William A. Taylor Best of Show Award for its “My Southern Miss Story” campaign as part of a strategy to recruit new students utilizing advertising.

Two Judges’ Choice awards were presented: one to Big Communications (member of the Public Relations Council of Alabama, Birmingham Chapter) for their “Clutch Crew: Revving up Influencer PR Campaign” for Valvoline and the other to the American Heart Association – Metro Jackson (member of the Public Relations Association of Mississippi, Central Chapter) for their “Open Your Heart” video.

In addition to these awards, here is a complete list of the Louisiana award recipients alphabetically by state, then by local chapter and then by company or organization name:

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation, member of Public Relations Association of Louisiana (PRAL) Baton Rouge, received a Certificate of Merit for the “Drug Takeback Boxes” campaign, an Award of Excellence for the “Challenge for a Healthier Louisiana” campaign and an Award of Excellence for the Angel Awards.

BREC, member of PRAL Baton Rouge, received a Certificate of Merit for BREC’s Volunteer Program Branding and “Be Good, Do Good, Think BREC” Campaign, a Certificate of Merit for the BREC Annual Report, an Award of Excellence for the “This Month at BREC” campaign, an Award of Excellence for BREC’s 2016 Strategic Communications Plan, an Award of Excellence for BREC’s 2015 Summer Camp Campaign, a Lantern Award for “Reimagining Howell Community Park: Turning Community Frustration into a Force for Good” and a Lantern Award for the BREC Website.

The Louisiana Lottery Corporation, member of PRAL Baton Rouge, received an Award of Excellence for the Exchange Retailer Newsletter and an Award of Excellence the “Love to Win” Emojigram Twitter Promotion.

The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, member of PRAL Baton Rouge, received a Certificate of Merit for La Veterinaire 2015.

Alexandria/Pineville Area CVB, member of PRAL Central, received a Lantern Award for “Eat Here Cenla.”

LSU Alexandria, member of PRAL Central, received a Certificate of Merit for the LSUA Recruitment Commercial and a Certificate of Merit for the LSUA Travel Piece.

Merit Health, member of PRAL Central, received an Award of Excellence for Hospital Crisis Communications.

Rapides Regional Medical Center, member of PRAL Central, received a Certificate of Merit for the Colors of Courage 5K Color Run.

Southern Heritage Bank, member of PRAL Central, received a Certificate of Merit for the “Southern Heritage Bank Celebrates our Southern Heritage” campaign.

DEVENEY, member of PRAL New Orleans, received a Certificate of Merit for the “10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina” campaign, a Certificate of Merit for Proposition Coalition and a Lantern Award for the “Be an Everyday Hero” campaign.

Gambel Communications, member of PRAL New Orleans, received a Certificate of Merit for the New Orleans Women & Children's Shelter - Name Change, a Certificate of Merit for the B.B. King's Blues Club Grand Opening Celebration and a Lantern Award for the Fogo de Chao Grand Opening.

HUB, member of PRAL New Orleans, received a Lantern Award for the Puerto Vallarta Family Travel Campaign and a Lantern Award for the GoRving.com "On the Road" Social Media Campaign.

Ochsner Health System, member of PRAL New Orleans, received an Award of Excellence for the “Ochsner’s Rise after Hurricane Katrina” campaign.

Online Optimism, member of PRAL New Orleans, received a Certificate of Merit for the “FUHWE Downloads a Successful Product Launch!” and an Award of Excellence for the “Artists Behind Mardi Gras Proudly Emerge as The Carnival Collective” campaign.

Garrison & Associates, Advertising & Public Relations, Inc., member of PRAL Northwest, received an Award of Excellence the “McDonald's Sound Off” campaign.

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