Updated March 29 at 2:29pm

Local PR firms score big at Bell Ringers


PROVIDENCE – RDW Group Inc. was a top winner with 13 awards and Duffy & Shanley Inc. was close behind with 10 at The Publicity Club of New England’s 41st annual Bell Ringer Awards on Monday night.

The annual Bell Ringers competition, started in 1969, is judged by professionals from the public relations, marketing, communications and media industries. First-place winners receive Bell awards in gold, silver and bronze, while runners-up receive Merit awards.

RDW Group received the second-most awards at the event with 13, up from eight last year. The firm won 11 Bell awards and two Merit awards for its work on behalf of clients including Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, The Vermont Country Store and the Federal Communications Commission.

Duffy & Shanley received the fourth-biggest haul with 10 awards, up from four last year. The firm won nine Bell awards and one Merit award for its work on behalf of clients including Deepwater Wind LLC, Fidelity Investments and Staples Inc.

In addition, Emily Hollenbeck, an account executive at Duffy & Shanley, won the 2010 Young Professional award, given to someone “who has demonstrated a love of the field, a dedication to his or her career, and a superior work ethic.”

Bishoff Communications of Boston won the top prize for helping the Melrose YMCA manage crisis communications after a basketball coach was accused of raping two players. The top winners were Schwartz Communications Inc. of Waltham, Mass., RDW and Boston’s 360 Public Relations.

The Perry Group, based in Warwick, received a gold Bell in the Regional News Release category and a Merit award in the Graphic Identity category for work on behalf of Picerne Real Estate Group.

Matter Communications, which has offices in Providence and Newburyport, Mass., received a Bell in the Response to Breaking News category for helping Altman Vilandrie & Co. win coverage after the release of Google Inc.’s NexusOne smartphone.

New York-based Weber Shandwick won a Bell for working on a CVS Caremark Corp. campaign related to the Arthur character.

The full list of winners and categories is available on PR Newswire.

Additional information is available at pubclub.org.


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