The Beacon Office of College Communications in August continued its run of racking up industry awards by winning three accolades in two public relations contests.
Beacon President George J. Hagerty and communications director Darryl E. Owens took home an Award of Distinction from the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) during its 82nd Annual Conference at the “Goldchella” Golden Image Awards Gala at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando.
The award, in the Collateral of Public Relations, Brochures, category recognized the duo’s work on the college’s 2020 EASE Grant Booklet. The advocacy publication was created to reinforce the consequential role Florida’s EASE tuition-assistance program plays in helping students afford to attend Florida’s private colleges, including Beacon College. Entries that “meet the standards of excellence set by a panel of judges” earn the Award of Distinction, according to the FPRA website.
Later in the month, Beacon collected two more awards in the statewide Radiance Awards. The contest, administered by PRSA Sunshine District, recognizes outstanding strategic public relations programs and the highest levels of professional achievement by Florida practitioners and organizations.
During the virtual event, the Beacon comms team received an Award of Distinction in the Videos category for “A World of Difference.” The monthly TV program debuted in August 2020 and celebrates and supports families rearing children who learn differently on their journeys to independence from kindergarten through college.
Meanwhile, the 2020 EASE Grant booklet proved the big winner in the Collateral category, earning a Radiance Award.
Owens called the awards validation that Beacon’s messaging is gaining traction beyond Beacon’s walls.
“While the recognition from communications colleagues is gratifying, even more rewarding is that the awards are proof that the innovative ways our small college uses to communicate our message of value and expertise are breaking through,” he said.