2019 Virginia Public Relations Awards Ceremony, Presented by Padilla

05/23/2019 05:30 PM ET


The Historic John Marshall Ballrooms
101 North Fifth Street
Richmond, VA


Registration for this event is closed. If you have changes to an existing registration, please contact Jenny Pedraza, APR, at jenny@jennypedraza.com.

Let’s celebrate exceptional public relations work from across Virginia at the 72nd Virginia Public Relations Awards, presented by Padilla, on Thursday, May 23, 2019. Please join us for drinks and dinner as we recognize the creativity, passion and professionalism within our industry.

The Virginia Public Relations Awards will be held at the John Marshall Ballrooms in downtown Richmond, VA. Before the main reception begins, we invite all honorees to join us at 4:30 p.m. for a VIP happy hour with our esteemed master of ceremonies, NBC12’s Andrew Freiden and the Thomas Jefferson and Rising Star winners. All other guests are invited to join us at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will start at 6:30 p.m. in the Virginia Ballroom. Complimentary parking at the Lanier Parking Deck at 13 North 5th Street Richmond, VA 23219. Dress Code: Cocktail attire.

Honoring Beth Monroe, APR

Join us as we honor this year's Thomas Jefferson Award winner, Beth Monroe, APR. The award recognizes the achievement of a seasoned public relations practitioner who has made an ongoing commitment to the advancement of the profession.

For over 20 years, Beth Monroe, APR, has led public relations at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, helping to establish the 50-acre oasis as one of the nation’s top public gardens. She has demonstrated a deep commitment to service – both for the Richmond region and the public relations community. She founded the Richmond Garden Trail – teaming up with 10 Richmond garden attractions, Richmond Region Tourism and Virginia Tourism Corporation to market Richmond as a gardening tourism destination. She welcomed international media and visitors on behalf of the Richmond region as Lewis Ginter took the international stage as a host site for the UCI Road World Championships. Beth was one of the first partners in the Richmond Region Tourism’s OutRVA campaign to attract LGBTQ+ travelers.

Beth has worked to make Lewis Ginter more accessible to our community with free admission days and by partnering with other nonprofits to offer free admission to those who might not otherwise be able to attend. Remarkably, Beth has served as a mentor to more than 50 young practitioners, interns and career-switchers over the years, in addition to her service to PRSA Richmond as an officer, mentor and awards committee member.

Through Beth’s efforts, Lewis Ginter has received numerous national and international awards, including several from USA Today/10Best, which ranks the Garden in the top 10 in the United States. Though these efforts and many more too numerous to list, Beth has raised the profile of the entire Richmond region with her work.

Event Tickets

PRSA Richmond Members: $75 each

Non-Members/Guests: $85 each

Table of Ten: $700 (open to members and non-members)

Tickets include open bar during happy hour, Caesar salad, choice of surf & turf filet Oscar (house filet mignon topped with lump crab) served with Gruyere scalloped potatoes and spring asparagus or vegetarian stuffed ravioli tossed in a white wine butter cream sauce (gluten free) and assorted desserts

Students/Supporter Balcony: $35
(NOTE:  Ticketholders will be offered non-alcoholic beverages only and limited desserts and may have limited visibility to the floor)
Menu includes Caesar salad, sun-dried tomato and blackened chicken pasta  

Additional Options and Add-Ons:

VIP Happy Hour: $15 (this option starts at 4:30 p.m. in the NBC12 lounge. The lounge features pool tables and private networking with the Thomas Jefferson and Rising Star winners and Master of Ceremonies Andrew Freiden)

All are invited to join us for an after party immediately following the dinner and awards in the Virginia Association of Broadcasters Ballroom until 11 p.m.

All tickets are non-refundable after Monday, May 13. Existing tickets may be transferred to another person's name upon request.

Event Contact

Taya Jarman, APR, second vice president of awards, at Taya.Jarman@vdh.virginia.gov

Additional thanks to our 2019 Chapter Sponsors:




Thanks to our Awards Sponsors:

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