NEWS RELEASE: 2015 PRism Awards to Highlight Best PR Work in Rochester

2015 PRism Awards to Highlight Best PR Work in Rochester

Two local professionals to receive the region’s top public relations awards

Rochester, N.Y., May 28, 2015 Tickets are now available for the 2015 PRism Awards show. Guests will have the opportunity to network with more than 200 local public relations professionals at this year's event, which will take place on June 18 at the Rochester Museum & Science Center.

The awards show, presented by the Rochester chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), features the best public relations elements and campaigns from this past year.

Organizations from a variety of different industries will jockey for top awards, including professionals from local agencies, colleges, corporations and nonprofits. Local professionals submitted nearly 200 entries for consideration. The number of award entries has doubled over the last five years.

“The PRism Awards show is the highlight of the year for many PR professionals in our area,” said Richard Pulvino, PRSA Rochester Chapter President. “Our chapter hosts one of the top PRSA award shows in the northeast, which is a testament to our outstanding membership and the industry’s continued growth here in Rochester.”

The father-son duo of Don Alhart, WHAM TV anchor, and Jon Alhart, director of social and digital media at Dixon Schwabl, will host this year’s awards show. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the formal event beginning at 7 p.m. on June 18.

The following professionals will also receive individual awards:

  • Shannon Lappin, Public Relations Specialist, Manning & Napier, will receive the Rising Star award. This award recognizes a public relations professional with no more than seven years of experience in the field who demonstrates exceptional competence, skill and leadership potential.


  • Carl Langsenkamp, Director, Global Analyst and Public Relations, Xerox Corp., will receive the Sharleen M. Bruse award. This award recognizes a PRSA member who has attained a high level of professional achievement, is active in community service and has helped advance the career development of other members.

Tickets are $55 for members and students and $65 for non-members. Purchase tickets at


About PRSA

The Public Relations Society of America, based in New York City, is the world's largest organization for public relations professionals. The Society has more than 28,000 professional and student members. PRSA is organized into 114 Chapters nationwide, 19 Professional Interest Sections, along with Affinity Groups, which represent business and industry, counseling firms, independent practitioners, military, government, associations, hospitals, schools, professional services firms and nonprofit organizations. The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) has 255 Chapters at colleges and universities throughout the United States.