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Irvine Ranch Water District Wins Outreach Awards

The Irvine Ranch Water District’s Public Affairs Department was honored by the Public Relations Society of America and the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals for its work in 2011 on the 50th anniversary celebration and the residential tour program.

“These OCPRSA awards represent the top echelon and best public relations in Orange County,” said Doug Fleischli, Advocacy Chair for OC-PRSA.

The PRSA honored IRWD at its 37th annual PROTOS Awards Ceremony on June 1, which honors the top Orange County public relations organizations and professionals for outstanding campaigns and achievements. The competition was open to all members of the Orange County Chapter of PRSA and to non-members serving an Orange County Area event, company or client. Entries were judged on four key areas including: research, planning, implementation and evaluation.

IRWD's public affairs team submitted applications for two award categories and won both. The 50th Anniversary Campaign was entered in the "Special Events and Observances" category. The Resident Tour Program was entered into the "Community Relations" category.

The Public Affairs team also won a 2012 Hermes Gold Award for the 50th Anniversary Campaign.  The Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals administers and judges several international competitions for marketing and communication professionals, including the Hermes Awards.

The Hermes Creative Awards is an international competition for creative professionals involved in the concept, writing and design of traditional materials and programs, and emerging technologies. Entries come from corporate marketing and communication departments, advertising agencies, PR firms, design shops, production companies, web-based innovators and freelancers.

The foundation for AMCP began in 1995 as a means to honor outstanding achievement and service to the communication profession and its membership consists of several thousand people and organizations that enter its awards programs each year.

More information about IRWD programs is available on our website.

Members of the Public Affairs Department and the IRWD Board of Directors: From left, Board members Peer Swan and Steve LaMar; Julie Bendzick-Sin; Beth Beeman; Board Vice President John Withers; Doug Fleischli; Shannon Reed; Jo Ann Corey; Cheryl Kelly; IRWD General Manager Paul Cook and Erika Blaska. Not pictured, Dawn Jordan.

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