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TCU earns top spot at Worthy Awards

Texas Christian University’s marketing and communication team won Best of Show at the fourth annual Worthy Awards Gala on Nov. 11 in Fort Worth.

The event, hosted by the Greater Fort Worth Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, honors the best in strategic communications campaigns, programs and tactics practiced by professionals and students in the Fort Worth area.

The TCU team brought home the top honor in the Programs: Special Events/Observances category for the university’s 10th Anniversary Schieffer Symposium on the News. The event recognized the history of the symposia and also served to commemorate the naming of the Bob Schieffer College of Communication at TCU.

Patsy Thomas, president of the Mental Health Connection of Tarrant County, was named Communicator of the Year. The award recognizes an individual outside the public relations profession who demonstrates exceptional leadership and communication skills when involved in a major event or issue affecting the greater Fort Worth region. Fort Worth Business sponsored the award.

Thomas was recognized for her work with local, state and national leaders that has resulted in more than $50 million in state and local grants designed to build a better mental health system in Tarrant County.

Overall, the PRSA’s local chapter handed out 19 Worthy Awards, 18 Awards of Excellence and 15 Awards of Achievement.

The Balcom Agency won eight awards, including four Worthy Awards; the PAVLOV Agency won seven, including three Worthy Awards; J.O. won five, including one Worthy Award; and TCU won five, including Best of Show and one Worthy Award.

In addition, students at TCU earned one Student Worthy Award and an Award of Achievement. A Student Worthy Award also was earned by students at Tarleton State University.

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