The National Capital Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA-NCC) celebrated and honored Washington’s best public relations and communications professionals at its 46th annual Thoth Awards Gala on Sept. 9.
At the chapter’s most prestigious event of the year, the “Best of Show” award was presented to Booz Allen Hamilton for the “Keep What You’ve Earned Campaign” in support of the U.S. Navy 21st Century Sailor Office.
“The Thoth Awards exemplify the excellent work being done by the outstanding leaders in our industry,” said PRSA-NCC President Rebecca Andersen, APR. “The services they are providing to our community and communities across the nation are immeasurable. On behalf of our chapter, it’s an honor to recognize the many achievements our area has to offer in the field of public relations.”
Nearly 200 people attended this year’s gala, where attendees witnessed a moving induction of Jody Powell and Sheila Tate into the National Capital Public Relations Hall of Fame. Powell, former White House Press Secretary under Jimmy Carter, and Tate, former White House Press Secretary to Nancy Reagan, formed the renowned communications firm Powell Tate in 1991. The bipartisan firm soon became an area powerhouse and was later absorbed by Weber Shandwick where it continues to operate. Powell, who passed away in 2009, was honored posthumously. Wife Nan and daughter Emily were present to receive the award on his behalf.
“We all owe a debt of gratitude to Jody Powell and Sheila Tate for the numerous contributions they made in the field of public relations,” said PRSA-NCC Immediate Past President Samantha Villegas. “Their work has positively influenced many, not only in Washington but throughout the country and the world. It was high time we shined a spotlight on these two communications giants by inducting them into the hall of fame."
PRSA-NCC presented 41 Thoth Awards and Certificates of Excellence. An experienced panel of Thoth Awards judges selected the finalists, reviewing numerous entries from a wide-range of public relations, non-profit, and corporate organizations located in the Washington, D.C. area.
The awards are named after Thoth (pronounced “tot”), an Egyptian god of wisdom who was a mediator and scribe and credited as the inventor of communications and writing. In the spirit of Thoth, PRSA-NCC honors area PR professionals for their wisdom and contributions to the profession.