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PRSA’s Greater Connecticut Chapter Celebrates
 State’s Outstanding Public Relations Work

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (Nov. 16, 2021) ─ The Public Relations Society of America Greater Connecticut Chapter (PRSA CT) is pleased to announce the winners of its 2021 Mercury Awards, which celebrate the best work in public relations in Connecticut.


In addition to honoring 15 organizations with Mercury Awards, PRSA CT is also pleased to share:

  • Fran Pastore, Chief Executive Officer of the Women’s Business Development Council, is being honored with this year’s Beacon Award for her work to support economic prosperity for women and strengthen communities through entrepreneurial and financial education service.

  • Patrick Dilger, Director of Integrated Communications & Marketing at Southern Connecticut State University has been selected as our 2021 Practitioner of the Year.  A former journalist, Dilger has overseen University communication efforts for 24 years. 

“On behalf of the entire board of directors, congratulations to all of the Mercury Award winners,” said Alison Skratt, president, PRSA Greater Connecticut. “We received submissions from across the state this year and each entry showcased the tremendous talent and creativity within the public relations and communications industry in Connecticut.”


Image by Rene Böhmer


2021 Mercury Award Winners!

In 2021, there were two Best in Show Mercury Award winners. Tall Timbers Marketing LLC won Strategic Campaigns Best in Show for its community relations work around “engaging and getting community support for building a new high school during Covid.” OnPurpose PR won Tactical Campaigns Best in Show for work in the blog category, “Allnex blog promotes manufacturing plant and its people”.

The following is a summary of all 2021 Mercury Award winners: Mintz + Hoke (5 awards); Connecticut Water Co., Sullivan & LeShane Public Relations, Inc., and Webster Bank (3 awards each); Albertus Magnus College, Connecticut Education Association, Masonicare, and Southern Connecticut State University (2 awards each); and C.J. Public Relations, Comcast, Image Marketing, Impact PR & Communications, OnPurpose PR, Rubenstein Associates, Inc., and Tall Timbers Marketing LLC (1 award each).

A full list of all winners is below.

The Mercury Awards, the only statewide recognition of industry excellence in Connecticut, were announced during the PRSA Greater Connecticut Chapter’s Annual meeting this morning. 

A panel of 19 members from PRSA New Mexico served as this year’s judges. Two judges scored each submission and their final score was an average of the two with Gold, Silver, and Bronze going to the top three scores in each category.

​About PRSA Greater Connecticut:

The chapter is one of more than 100  that are part of the national Public Relations Society of America. PRSA Greater Connecticut was formed to advance the public relations profession and to support the public relations practitioner. Nearly 100 members strong and growing, the chapters represent a diverse group of mid to senior-level professionals who are committed to enhancing the practice of public relations in the state. Professionals in the chapter represent agencies, independent consultants, business and industry, government, hospitals and healthcare organizations, professional associations, education, and nonprofit organizations. To learn more about the chapter, membership and its upcoming events, visit and follow the PRSA Greater Connecticut on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.


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