One of the best nights of the year is honoring and applauding the tremendous work of our New England public relations and communication practitioners. On June 8, 2023, the PR Club had the privilege of welcoming our finalists to a fun and exciting celebration and award ceremony at the Royal Sonesta Boston. The 55th Annual Bell Ringer Award Ceremony was co-hosted by Brianna Borghi, reporter for WCVB Newscenter 5 in Boston, and Adam Williams, anchor for WHDH 7News in Boston.
The ceremony applauded the work of public relations and communications professionals from across New England in content marketing, events, media placements, social media platform excellence, and industry and communication campaigns. We awarded the prestigious Platinum Super Bell Award for the top PR campaign to Tier One Partners and Ally Financial for its consumer campaign, “Advancing the Primetime-ification of Women’s Sports.”
Darlene Hollywood earned the PR Club’s John J. Molloy Crystal Bell Lifetime Achievement Award. Darlene is the principal of Hollywood Agency, which she founded in 2011. For more than 25 years, Darlene has helped consumer goods, business services, technology, and not-for-profits gain visibility with thoughtful public relations and marketing campaigns. She rallies her team to uphold the agency’s brand motto – We Make Brands Famous™ – in order to make a direct impact on our clients’ businesses.
The PR Club presented Simone Migliori from Matter Communications with the 2023 Striker Award, recognizing the practitioner who demonstrates an early passion for public relations, a dedication to their career, and a superior work ethic. Allison Epstein of Teak Media and Communication won the 2023 Ringer Award, recognizing the mid-level practitioner who has demonstrated steady and significant progress in impacting their agency, company, or practice, and the New England PR community since entering the field of public relations.
Duffy and Shanley was this year’s top winner with 14 awards. Also earning strong acclaim from Bell Ringer judges were Three Rings with 10 awards and 360PR+ with nine awards. A full list of all winners is available here, and click here for the winner’s showcase.
In keeping with tradition, the PR Club chose to raise money for the nonprofit organization of our hosts’ choice. This year, in honor of Brianna Borghi and Adam Williams, the PR Club raised and donated $1,100 to Rodman for Kids. This organization is committed to raising resources, building capacity, and creating opportunities for youth-focused organizations, their leaders, and the kids they serve.
The PR Club would also like to thank our 2023 Bell Ringer Awards sponsors, ACCESSWIRE, BusinessWire, Gusto, Boston University College of Communication, and JTC Printing, for their continued support of the PR Club, and all of our members, entrants, and finalists for contributing to New England’s vibrant communications community.