Edward L. Bernays Mark of Excellence Awards Committee

The annual Edward L. Bernays Mark of Excellence Awards is the signature awards recognition program and event sponsored by PRSA SD/IC. The event brings together more than 300 community members and PR professionals to celebrate the best public relations campaigns and individuals in the region.

The event, held in the Fall, is made possible by a group of volunteers who are excited about event planning and celebrating the wonderful PR efforts in our community and industry. Interested in volunteering? Contact the Bernays Co-Chairs, Sarah Lemons and Hope Reilly, with your volunteer interests which are outlined below, and/or with any questions.

Bernays Committee Volunteer Needs 2017 (Look for 2018 updates in the Spring)

1. Judging volunteers (12-14 volunteers needed) — Once we are matched with another chapter, volunteer judges from San Diego/Imperial Counties will judge that chapter’s submissions electronically on their own time. Judges must be chapter members and within each judging team of two members we like for one member to have the APR designation. The time commitment to judge awards submissions will be between 4-5 hours, depending on how many members agree to donate their time.

2. Design/Collateral Chair — This position is the liaison between the graphic artist, printer and the committee. He/she will help steer the direction of all collateral including theme, helping proof read all content, gathering appropriate sponsor logos and ad work for the program, and submitting all printing materials to the printer in a timely manner.

3. Day-of volunteers (3-5 volunteers needed) — These volunteers will help with set-up the day-of the awards. Duties include picking up/transporting needed decorations, setting up decorations, assisting with audio as needed, etc.

4. Sponsorship Chair – The sponsorship chair will assist the committee co-chairs in fulfilling the event sponsorship budget through helping to create enticing sponsorship packages and communication with potential sponsors. Once sponsors are secured, the sponsorship chair will take the lead in making sure sponsorship elements are fulfilled.