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Pepperpot Awards

The Pepperpot Awards

The Pepperpot Awards

The Pepperpot Awards have become a long-standing tradition for Philadelphia-area PR professionals to join together in recognizing the top PR campaigns, tactics and professionals. In 2018, we celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the awards program.

This year’s event will be held at The Lucy. Located on Philadelphia’s famous Avenue of the Arts in the heart of Center City, The Lucy encompasses the Cescaphe brand’s reputation for sophisticated, luxe venues. The elegant venue combines a modern interpretation of 19th century detailing with modern textures and materiality. Enjoy networking with peers, hors d’oeuvre and a champagne toast and dessert to celebrate! Click here to buy your tickets!

Download the 2019 Call for Entries here. Submissions will be collected through Judgify.

Want to support this event and get your name in front of the best in the industry? Download the Sponsorship Opportunities here.



1. Public Service
2. Reputation/ Brand Management
3. Special Events and Observances – Budget Less than $15,000
4. Special Events and Observances – Budget More than $15,001
5. Community Relations
6. Public Affairs
7. Development or Fundraising
8. Pro Bono Programs
9. Marketing Communications
10. Marketing Business to Business
11. Integrated Communications
12. Multicultural Communication
13. Crisis Communications and Issues Management
14. Internal/Employee Communications
15. Social Media
16. Media Relations
A. Media Relations – For Profit
B. Media Relations – Not-for-Profit
17. Investor Relations


18. Research
19. Newsletters (Print & Digital)
20. Magazines (Internal & External)
21. Brochures
22. Annual Reports
23. Special-Purpose Publications
24. Media Kit/Collateral
25. Speeches
26. Audio/Video Programs
27. Public Service Announcement – TV or Radio
28. Feature Stories
29. Editorial/Op-Ed Columns
30. Website
31. Content Marketing (Two winners selected)
32. Smartphone/Tablet Applications
33. Social Media Platform
34. Press Conferences
35. Direct Mail/Direct Response

Individual Recognition Awards

The PRSA Individual Achievement Awards honor extraordinary individuals for excellence in public relations. To submit your nominee for one of the first four awards, please visit the Award Recognition Form on the PRSA Philadelphia website. To submit for the Anne Sceia Klein Award for Professional Promise, please use this form. There is no fee to enter the Individual Achievement Awards.

Anthony Fulginiti Award for Commitment to Education: Please submit here.

In 1976, Professor Tony Fulginiti took his passion for public relations and established a PRSSA chapter at Rowan University. He saw this as an opportunity for public relations students to learn and grow in a professional setting and for Rowan to make a name for itself in the PR world. Forty years later, the Rowan PRSSA chapter is one of the most successful chapters in the nation. The Anthony Fulginiti Award was established to honor a public relations professional who shares Tony’s commitment to the future of our profession. The award honors a person who excels in education, either through their mentoring/teaching, their efforts to help shape the careers of future PR professionals or their contributions to PRSSA.

Maxine Elkin Award for Distinguished Service: Please submit here.

The late Maxine Elkin was well known in Philadelphia as a public relations professional who also served as a great asset to the Philadelphia PRSA chapter. The Maxine Elkin Award honors someone with Maxine’s passion for public relations, particularly in the field of media relations, through leadership, professionalism and integrity in the field of public relations, and shares a commitment to the advancement of the profession.

Frank X. Long Award for Excellence in Writing: Please submit here.

Frank Long passed away after a stellar 50-year career that ran the public relations gamut. Frank’s true passion was writing with creativity, style and flair. The Frank X. Long Award, created in 2000, honors a public relations professional who practices and professes Frank’s passion and honors excellence in writing and creativity.

DeAnn White Award for Excellence in Community Service: Please submit here.

DeAnn White’s short career was filled with accomplishments that take many a lifetime to achieve. When she tragically passed away in the summer of 2000 at the age of 25, she was public relations manager for the New Jersey State Aquarium. Though she was busy building her PR career, DeAnn still managed to find time to volunteer her PR talent to the Multiple Sclerosis Society and St. Mary’s Home for Children Living with AIDS. She also created a family outreach project called Sister II Sister. The DeAnn White Award was established in 2000 to acknowledge the work of a Philadelphia PRSA member who utilizes his/her public relations expertise in the field of community service and volunteerism.

Anne Sceia Klein Professional Promise Award: Please submit here.

The Anne Sceia Klein Award for Professional Promise recognizes a college junior or senior who is a member of a PRSSA chapter affiliated with Philadelphia PRSA, and has demonstrated his or her dedication to advancing himself or herself in the field of public relations. Interested students should provide: a one-page resume; a 350-word essay on how you plan to pursue your career in public relations and what contributions you hope to make to the profession; one academic or professional reference letter; and a copy of your transcript. This award is judged and sponsored by AKCG – Public Relations Counselors of Mount Laurel, NJ.

2018 Pepperpot Award Winners

Program Categories

Public Service

Pepperpot: AKCG – Public Relations Counselors | Ladle: Klunk & Millan 

Reputation/Brand Management

Pepperpot: CSL Behring | Ladle: United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey

Special Events & Observances – Seven days or fewer – budget less than $15K

Ladle: Axalta with Vault Communications

Special Events & Observances – Seven days or fewer – budget more than $15K

Pepperpot: Gift of Life Donor Program | Ladle: Hornercom

Special Events & Observances – Seven days or more – budget more than $15K

Ladle: Penn State Brandywine

Community Relations

Pepperpot: AKCG – Public Relations Counselors | Ladle: Philadelphia Gas Works 

Pro Bono Programs

Pepperpot: Buchanan Public Relations

Development or Fundraising

Pepperpot: Buchanan Public Relations | Ladle: United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey 

Marketing Communications – New Products and Services

Pepperpot: Hologic with Vault Communications | Ladle: Buchanan Public Relations 

Marketing Communications – Established Services

Pepperpot: National Pest Management Association with Vault Communications

Marketing Business-to-Business

Ladle: Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau 

Integrated Communications

Pepperpot: Independence Blue Cross | Ladle: W2O Group and Stockton University (tie)

Multicultural Communications

Pepperpot: Visit Philadelphia | Ladle: Gift of Life Donor Program

Internal / Employee Communications

Pepperpot: AKCG – Public Relations Counselors

Social Media

Pepperpot: AMResorts with Vault Communications | Ladle: Visit Philadelphia and Gift of Life Donor Program (tie)

Media Relations: For Profit

Pepperpot: Buchanan Public Relations | Ladle: PUNCH Media

Media Relations: Not-for-Profit

Pepperpot: AKCG – Public Relations Counselors | Ladle: United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey

Tactic Categories


Pepperpot: Trinseo


Pepperpot: United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey


Pepperpot: Penn Medicine Communications Department


Pepperpot: Buchanan Public Relations

Investor Relations

Ladle: Trinseo

Annual Reports

Ladle: Drexel University

Special-Purpose Publications

Pepperpot: Trinseo with Vault Communications | Ladle: FMC Corporation

Audio / Video Programs

Ladle: W2O Group

Feature Stories

Pepperpot: AKCG – Public Relations Counselors | Ladle: Lehigh Mining & Navigation


Ladle: Gift of Life Donor Program


Pepperpot: United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey | Ladle: Aqua America with Vault Communications

Blogger Campaigns

Pepperpot: ChatterBlast Media | Ladle: ChatterBlast Media

Social Media Platform

Ladle: Penn Medicine Princeton Health

Smartphone/Tablet Applications

Pepperpot: Thomas’ English Muffins and Bagels with Vault Communications

Press Conferences

Pepperpot: Siemens Healthineers | Ladle: Penn Medicine Communications Department