Awards Celebration

2021 Awards Celebration Makes History with a COO Sendoff, Sold-Out Crowd and Shortened Format

Order a Piece of History with a Duplicate Award by Dec. 17

It was a night of memorable moments as more than 300 PR practitioners safely gathered together again on Nov.17 for a sold-out 2021 Awards Celebration. With excitement in the air, the Chapter’s first in-person awards program in two years did not disappoint, recognizing 51 Phoenix Award winners and 33 Award of Excellence honorees.

Dressed to impress, guests kicked off the evening with cocktails and a champagne toast to longtime Chapter COO Denise Grant for her recent retirement after nearly four decades of service. Affectionately called Dolly by her doting grandkids, Denise and her family’s arrival was greeted by sounds of Louis Armstrong’s “Hello Dolly” playing in the background. Guests donning pom-poms lined the Cobb Energy Centre’s corridor cheering her on and wishing her well.

The historic occasion also attracted several prestigious PR luminaries, including past PRSA Georgia presidents, distinguished PR professors and PRSA fellows. Their attendance made the night even more special for the induction of Chirp Founder and Managing Partner John Walker into the prestigious Order of the Phoenix, as well as recognition of our 2021 Chapter Award winners.

Chapter President Karen Cole could have won an award for the best pivot. She planned to host the ceremony in person, but had to quickly pivot after a family health emergency. Unfrazzled by a crisis, Karen quickly came up with a Plan B and kicked off the awards ceremony via Zoom.

WSB-TV anchors Wendy Corona and Dave Huddleston emceed the awards segment. Their vivacious rapport kept the tempo of the ceremony, culminating in our “Best of” category winners. Arketi Group and DefenseStorm received the Best of Phoenix prize for “DefenseStorm Secures $12M; Starts Market Expansion.” The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and United Way of Greater Atlanta captured our second annual Best of COVID-19 Communications honor for “Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery.”

A special thanks also to our presenting sponsors and contributors:

  • Presenting Sponsors: Georgia Power and MSL
  • Premiere Sponsors: Chirp PR and Weber Shandwick
  • Elite Sponsor: Arketi Group
  • Exclusive Cocktail Hour Sponsor: Halifax
  • Exclusive Health & Safety Sponsor: Brunet Garcia Advertising
  • Exclusive Champagne Toast Sponsor: Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
  • Exclusive Program Awards Sponsor: Full Tilt Consulting
  • Rising Star Sponsor: MSL
  • Friends of the Chapter: Karen Cole and Caroline Huston

View the full list of 2021 Phoenix Awards winners, and order duplicate awards by Friday, Dec. 17.