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PRSA's Greater Connecticut Chapter Celebrates

State’s Outstanding Public Relations Work

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (Dec. 1, 2023) ─ The Public Relations Society of America Greater Connecticut Chapter (PRSA CT) is pleased to announce the winners of its 2023 Mercury Awards, which celebrate the best work in public relations in Connecticut.


In addition to honoring 13 organizations with Mercury Awards, PRSA CT is also pleased to share:

  • Amanda Falcone, Public Relations Director at Middlesex Health, is selected as our 2023 Practitioner of the Year.  Falcone has years of experience in both public relations and journalism.  In her current role, she handles all media relations, social media, writing and editing efforts for the health system, and she managed all communications in 2018 when a car crashed into Middlesex Hospital's Emergency Department. Following the incident, she shared her experience by holding a national webinar on crisis communications through PRSA. Read more here.

  • Jason Jakubowski, President and CEO of Connecticut Foodshare, is named this year’s Beacon Award for his outstanding efforts distributing more than 40 million meals each year through a statewide network of pantries and mobile distribution sites.  Read more here.​


​“On behalf of the entire board of directors, congratulations to all of the Mercury Award winners,” said Elizabeth Walden, president, PRSA Greater Connecticut. “We received submissions from across the state this year and each entry showcased tremendous talent and creativity, upholding the standards of excellence in our industry.”

In 2023, there were two Best in Show Mercury Award winners. Adams & Knight won Tactical Campaigns Best in Show for What’s the Big Idea? Marketing Podcast.  The Connecticut Education Association won the Strategic Campaigns Best in Show for its public service work, Because of a Teacher Every Profession is Possible.

The Mercury Awards, the only statewide recognition of industry excellence in Connecticut, were announced during PRSA Greater Connecticut Chapter’s 2023 Mercury Award Ceremony at The Russell House at Wesleyan University in Middletown.

More than 20 PRSA members from the Houston chapter 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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