KISSIMMEE, Fla., April 19, 2012 – Kissimmee Utility Authority won six awards Wednesday evening at the 2012 Image Awards, an annual competition sponsored by the Orlando Area Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association. The winners were announced at a ceremony held at the Orlando Science Center.
The Image Awards competition recognizes companies and organizations that exhibit and employ comprehensive public relations projects that meet the highest standards of excellence in four components of PR programming: research, planning, execution and evaluation.
KUA earned one of the competition’s biggest honors – a Grand Image Award – as well as two Image Awards, two Awards of Distinction and one Judges’ Award. Only three Grand Image Awards are handed out each year.
An Image Award is presented to the top-scoring entry in each category. An Award of Distinction is presented to an entry that meets the standard of excellence set by a panel of judges. A Judges’ Award is presented to an entry that achieves maximum results while using a minimum amount of money.
Image Award winners in each division are automatically considered for the Grand Image Award, representing the finest examples of public relations programming in Central Florida.
In the public service category, KUA received an Image Award for its 2012 energy conservation calendar contest.
In the institutional category, KUA received an Award of Distinction for its TheBigGrill.com campaign which promoted the availability of its community barbecue grill to area nonprofits, schools and churches.
In the crisis communications category, KUA received an Award of Distinction for its 2011 hurricane preparedness campaign, which included a printed hurricane handbook and six preparedness meetings.
In the printed tools category, the utility received the Grand Image Award, an Image Award and a Judges’ Award for its 2011 Osceola Hurricane Handbook.
KUA has earned 259 local, state, national and international communication awards for public relations programs, special events, community relations and publications since 1995.
Founded in 1901, KUA (http://kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 64,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.
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Chris M. Gent