President’s Message | May 2018

“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.”
– Franklin D. Roosevelt

Help us celebrate as we recognize outstanding projects and campaigns at this year’s Crystal Awards Celebration! The collective hours of work by professionals, educators and students across the state is astounding and deserves to be honored – and I don’t just mean during the award entry process!
We have some amazing entries this year, and I can’t wait for our team to be able to share them with all of you.

In addition to the Crystal Awards and honorable mention certificates, we have several awards to recognize outstanding individuals in our field. We are introducing a new special award category this year, Outstanding Journalist, to honor a member of the media in West Virginia who provides outstanding coverage of news and issues. In honor of our former member, friend and colleague who recently passed, the board has resoundingly approved renaming this the Chris Stadelman Outstanding Journalist Award. Come to the event to find out who wins the inaugural award.

Brand new this year at the Crystal Awards Celebration will be a silent auction where all proceeds will benefit the John H. Womack memorial scholarship at Marshall University. Remember to bring your checkbook and help us fund this worthy cause!

In addition, this year we will be collecting items for the YWCA Charleston. Please help us support its programs and services by bringing an item (or two or three) to donate! Snacks, art supplies, and more are needed; a full list is available on our website, prsawv.org.

Join us June 13 to cheer one another’s successes at the Culture Center in Charleston. I hope to see you there!