Stevie Awards to Recognize Council for Best Public Relations Event and House Publication


The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County will receive two prestigious Stevie awards for best public relations event and best house publication in a ceremony in Chicago on June 22. Considered the Oscars of the business world, the Stevies recognize the outstanding accomplishments and contributions of companies and business people from around the globe.

More than 3,300 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories. The Council will ultimately be a Gold, Silver or Bronze winner in both categories. Last year’s winner for best public relations event went to the Jersey Shore’s grand reopening. Past Stevie winners include Apple, AT&T, Capital One Investing, Cigna, Marriott Vacations Worldwide and Toshiba.

“We are thrilled to be honored with these awards for our work in cultural tourism for Palm Beach County,” said Cultural Council CEO, Rena Blades. “To be selected by such a distinguished and diverse group of business people is a benchmark achievement for the Council.”

The Council will be recognized for a cultural mashup produced for the 2014 Governor’s Conference on Tourism held in Boca Raton, Florida that featured the Palm Beach Symphony, Ballet Palm Beach and rapper/television personality, Vanilla Ice. In addition, the Council’s house publication, art&culture magazine will be honored.

“The mashup and magazine were labors of love for the Council,” said Director of Marketing and Government Affairs, Marilyn Bauer. “We are so proud of our cultural organizations and their sophisticated and diverse programming. The Council’s marketing team excels at finding unique ways to promote art and culture in The Palm Beaches.”

Finalists for the Stevies were chosen by scores of business professionals nationwide during first-round judging in April and May. Members of several specialized judging committees will determine Stevie Award placements from among the finalists during final judging to take place later this month. The Council joins several internationally known brands in this final round competition, including Bon Appetit and Bravo magazines and the public relations campaigns for Samsung Strategy and Degree deodorant.

“So many fascinating and inspiring stories of success were submitted to the ABAs this year,” said Stevie Awards President and Founder, Michael Gallagher.

Details about the American Business Awards’ Stevies can be found at

Note to Editors: High resolution images of the Vanilla Ice, Ballet Palm Beach, Palm Beach Symphony performance at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism are available for downloading from Media Downloads/Special Events section of the Cultural Council press room using the case-sensitive password cultureMEDIA601.

About the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County: The Cultural Council is the official support agency for arts and culture for Palm Beach County serving non-profit organizations, individual artists and arts districts. The Council promotes the county’s cultural experiences through an integrated program of advertising, public relations and marketing activities to both visitors and residents. Each year, the Council administers more than $3.6 million in grants, supports arts and cultural education, provides capacity building training and advocates for funding and arts-friendly policies. Located in the historic Robert M. Montgomery, Jr. building in downtown Lake Worth, the Council mounts a series of group and solo exhibitions featuring Palm Beach County artists and provides other programming. Connect with the Council at, or (561) 471-2901.

About the Stevie Awards: Stevie Awards are conferred in six programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards programs receive more than 10,000 nominations from organizations in more than 60 nations each year. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at


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