On a night the local public relations industry gathered together to let its best work shine, the members of the Bose Public Affairs Group’s Strategic Communications team took home three awards from the combined 2015 Pinnacle and Diamond Awards Banquet, hosted at the Indianapolis Artsgarden on April 8.
Designed to recognize the best work in the public relations industry, the Pinnacle Award Program is the annual contest sponsored by PRSA’s Hoosier Chapter, open to member and non-member communicators throughout Indiana. According to PRSA Hoosier’s website, the 2015 Pinnacle Awards received a record number of entries, honoring work completed in 2014.
Trophies for the winners of the Regional PRSA Diamond Awards were also presented at the banquet. The Diamond Awards recognize public relations practitioners who have successfully addressed a communications challenge with exemplary skill, creativity and resourcefulness. Entries are open to members and non-members of the 16 chapters making up the PRSA East Central District that covers the states of Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. In this award program, Bose Public Affairs Group won the following:
- Diamond Award in Crisis Communications for “The Colonial Hills Bus Crash Crisis Strategy”
Colonial Hills Baptist Church became the subject of national media attention following the July 2013 crash of a church bus that four people killed people – the church’s youth pastor, his pregnant wife and a church member. The crisis communications response led by Bose Public Affairs Group helped Colonial Hills Baptist Church manage extensive media coverage, and enabled church members to manage their own grief. As a result, the community embraced the church and contributed to a charity program that sold 20,000 bracelets to help Colonial Hills purchase a new bus – and begin the process of healing.
Additionally, Bose Public Affairs Group won two awards from the 2015 Pinnacle Awards, including:
- Pinnacle Award in Public Affairs for the “Hoosiers Work for Health 2014 Program”
Hoosiers Work for Health, a chapter of PhRMA’s national We Work for Health grassroots organization, brings together a coalition of more than 80 Indiana-based businesses, organizations, academic institutions, healthcare providers, patient advocacy groups and consumers who play a role in America’s life science industries. In 2014 Bose Public Affairs Group increased its partner base by 15 percent, expanding its reach with organizations that have substantial influence on lawmakers considering issues impacting the life sciences industry in Indiana. Through a series of op-eds, stakeholder education events and legislator meetings, Bose worked with Hoosiers Work for Health to halt new anti-competitive rules for Medicare Part D, in addition to raising awareness for Indiana’s robust life sciences profile and its effect on the economy.
- Award of Honor in External Communications for “A Campaign for a Better Hawthorns”
After a Chapter 11 plan of reorganization in the bankruptcy of the Hawthorns Golf & Country Club was filed, Bose Public Affairs Group was hired to create a strategic communications campaign aimed at educating members of the Hawthorns about the benefits of electing a new owner and operator – Concert Golf Partners. The extensive communications program featuring member outreach and communications resulted in a 92-percent vote by members in favor of Concert Golf’s plan, and set the tone for a solid relationship with the club’s new owner.
“We were very pleased to be recognized by our peers in the industry, here in Indiana and in five other states,” said Roger Harvey, principal of Bose Public Affairs Group and managing director of Strategic Communications. “It’s important to continually measure our work against others, and push for excellence. At the end of the day, what matters most are the results we can accomplish on behalf of our clients, and for that I am extremely proud of our team of professionals.”
In the 2015 listing of “Top PR Firms” compiled by the Indianapolis Business Journal, Bose Public Affairs Group was listed as #5.