The Ocala Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Associations celebrated outstanding public relations during the Mid-Florida Local Image Awards 
Ceremony, April 27,  at the Marion County
 Extension Auditorium.

The chapter’s Mid-Florida Image awards, annual Wilton F. Martin Communicator of the Year awards, Pacesetter award, and the Lifetime Achievement Award in Communications were presented during the evening.

FPRA’s local Image Awards and state Golden Image competition have become the standard of public relations excellence throughout Florida.

Now in its 13th year, the Communicator of the Year recognition was renamed in 2011 in honor of Wilton F. Martin, an Ocala native and former publicity director of Silver Springs who was instrumental in creation of the state Association.

The 2017 nominees for Individual Communicator of the Year were Ginger Broslat, APR, CPRC; Kevin Christian, APR, CPRC; Dr. Manal Fakhoury; Toni James, APR, CPRC; Margaret Spontak; and Larry Whitler and Robin MacBlane. Institutional nominees are the College of Central Florida; Marion Cultural Alliance; Marion County Sheriff’s OfficeMeasure Up Marion; and the United Way of Marion County.



The FPRA Ocala Chapter would like to sincerely thank our exceptional sponsors for their contributions:–Cox Communications-Webster University-Fresh Green TomatoThe following awards were presented:

Lifetime Achievement Award in Communications

David Cook was awarded with the very first Lifetime Achievement Award in Communications. Mr. Cook, also known as “Mr. Marion County History,” is a retired Star-Banner editor and longtime Marion County historian who has exemplified the standards of ethical journalism in the community.

Wilton F. Martin Communicators of the Year

Dr. Manal Fakhoury-Individual

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Measure Up Marion-Institutional

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Mid-Florida Image-Division A

Category 2 Public Interest: Award of Distinction-Friends of the Library Membership Campaign

Toni James, APR, CPRC, Carmen Maines and JJ Fields

Category 3 Institutional: Award of Distinction and Judges’ Award- Building Business Partnerships

Lauren DeIorio and Judi Zanetti

Category 3 Institutional: Image Award- Heart of Florida Health Center’s Measure Up Marion Program

Ginger Broslat, APR, CPRC, Maclyn Walker, MSW, JJ Fields and Digital Fury

Category 7 Promotional Marketing: Image Award- Measure Up Marion DEEP Class Promotion

Ginger Broslat, APR,CPRC, Maclyn Walker, MSW and Marc Rice of Digital Fury

Mid-Florida Image-Division B

Category 3 Magazine: Judges’ Award- ST7 Volleyball Magazine

Mandy Wettstein, APR,CPRC

Category 6 News Release: Judges’ Award- QuickPrint New Owner Announcement

Vickie Pleus, APR, CPRC, Bob Allinson and Steve White

Category 8 Specialty Item: Award of Distinction- Jenkins Socks

Allison Campbell, APR, CPRC

Mid-Florida Image-Division C

Category 3 Online Newsletter: Award of Distinction and Judges’ Award- FPRA Lake E-Newsletter

Mary Wymer

Category 7 Video/Promotional Marketing: Judges’ Award- Dreggors, Rigsby & Teal/VP Communications: Video Cross-Promotion

Vickie Pleus, APR, CPRC and Ron Cantlay CPA/CFP

Grand All Image Award

The Heart of Florida Heath Center’s Measure Up Marion Program

Ginger Broslat, APR, CPRC, Maclyn Walker, MSW, JJ Fields and Digital Fury

Pacesetter Award

Lauren Debick was the recipient of the Pacesetter award