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Palm Beach Civic Association communications team earns 2023 Bernays Award

Our Town with William Kelly: Palm Beach Civic Association communications team earns 2023 Bernays Award

The Palm Beach Civic Association has been honored with a 2023 Bernays Award from the Gold Coast PR Council for excellence in nonprofit communications.

The 18th Annual Bernays Awards luncheon was held July 18 at the Hilton Palm Beach Airport. About 100 communications and media professionals from Palm Beach and neighboring counties attended.

The Bernays Awards honor achievement in public relations and marketing by individuals and organizations.

The Civic Association’s communications team was recognized for the top submission in the category “Best Nonprofit Project or Campaign – Small” for a Palm Beach TV story about Palm Beach Fire-Rescue emergency responders who traveled to Florida’s west coast to help victims of Hurricane Ian.

“Hurricane Heroes” aired on November 3, 2022 and featured two lieutenants who shared their account of the emergencies they encountered as they worked to rescue people trapped in their homes by flooding.

Palm Beach TV’s Sally Lewis interviewed fire-rescue lieutenants Steven Montoya and Anthony Curtis. PBTV videographer Philip Baldwin produced the segment, which included powerful photographs and videos of the devastation.

The Category 5 hurricane made landfall on September 28, 2022.

To view the “Hurricane Heroes” segment, click on the link here.

This marks the second consecutive year the Civic Association has been honored with a Bernays Award; last year it received the Judges Award for overall excellence in communications outreach.

Susan Wright and David Duffy, who are co-chairs of the Civic Association’s Communications Committee, expressed their kudos.

“Congratulations, again, to the entire communications team on this very nice recognition by your peers in the marketing communications field,” Duffy said.

“Another amazing accomplishment by our extraordinary media team,” Wright said. “Congratulations to all!”

The communications team includes Claudia Shea, PBTV news anchor; videographer/producer Philip Baldwin; William Kelly, communications coordinator and writer of Our Town and Breaking News articles; and Sally Lewis, media consultant, producer of The Civic monthly newsletter, and host of Palm Beach TV Sundays.

The weekly Palm Beach TV newscasts, Our Town news articles, The Civic and twice-monthly Studio 33480 productions, featuring in-house interviews with local newsmakers, are posted to the Civic Association’s website,, and emailed to more than 4,600 subscriber addresses through its Constant Contact media list.

Founded in 1944, the Palm Beach Civic Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the Palm Beach community and quality of life on the island by engaging with residents, working with local government, and encouraging citizen involvement.

Civic Association President Mary Robosson said the association’s entire team is always looking for newer and better ways to fulfill its mission.

“With the recognition that’s been given to its communications team for two consecutive years, this organization stands stronger than ever in fulfilling our mission to educate our community on key issues,” she said

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