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PRSA's Greater Connecticut Chapter Celebrates

State’s Outstanding Public Relations Work

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (Dec. 14, 2022) ─ The Public Relations Society of America Greater Connecticut Chapter (PRSA CT) is pleased to announce the winners of its 2022 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:

  • Beau Doherty, former president of Special Olympics Connecticut, is being honored with this year’s Beacon Award for his outstanding efforts for 40 years as the voice for athletes of all abilities across the state.​ Read more here.

  • Anita Ford Saunders, APR, owner of AFS Communications, has been selected as our 2022 Practitioner of the Year.  A seasoned PR professional, Saunders was an Emmy Award-winning television producer before embarking on a career in public relations that included roles at Trinity College, United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, Yankee Gas Services Company, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and Connecticut Public Television & Radio. Read more here.

“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.”

In 2022, there were two Best in Show Mercury Award winners. Travelers won Strategic Campaigns Best in Show for its external communications work, “Shining a Light on an Enduring Health Crisis: Distracted Driving.” Post University won Tactical Campaigns Best in Show for work in the media relations category, “Increasing Student Enrollment with Creative Programming.”

The Mercury Awards, the only statewide recognition of industry excellence in Connecticut, were announced during PRSA Greater Connecticut Chapter’s 2022 Mercury Award Ceremony at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven.

More than 25 PRSA members from the Northeast and Southern states 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 CT Chapter

PRSA CT is one of more than 100 chapters that are part of the national Public Relations Society of America. Its mission is to advance the public relations profession and support the public relations practitioner. PRSA CT represents a diverse group of nearly 100 professionals in all stages of their careers who are committed to enhancing the practice of public relations in the state. Its members work in a variety of settings, including agencies, independent consultancies, business and industry, government, hospitals and healthcare organizations, professional associations, education, and nonprofit organizations. To learn more about the chapter, visit and follow it on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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