PRSA California Capital Chapter Announces 2019 Influence Award Winners

The California Capital Chapter (CCC) of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) announced the winners of its sixth-annual Influence Awards at a gala event held at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria on Thursday, Oct. 17. The gala was the largest celebration in Influence Awards history, with nearly 140 of the region’s most influential communicators and aspiring communications students in attendance to honor 39 winners across 17 categories.

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Individual recognitions included: 

Projects in the following categories also earned awards: 

2019 Influence Award Winners 

Annual Report Category:

  • UC Davis Children’s Hospital Annual Report: UC Davis Health

Audiovisual Category:

  • DocTalks: Dignity Health Medical Foundation and PorterCo
  • Boldly Learning: UC Davis Health
  • #MySJStory Video Series: San Juan Unified School District 

Crisis Communication & Issues Management Category: 

  • Augustine Agency 
  • TSI Semiconductors’ Mass Employment Reduction & Crisis Communications Campaign: Drisha Leggitt & Company Communications

Electronic/Digital Category:

  • Forza Website Design + Development: Merlot Marketing

External/Community Relations Campaigns Category

  • Our Commitment to Helping the Underserved: UC Davis Health
  • Bringing Awareness to Drug Use in the Workforce Through National and Industry-Specific Diagnostics Drug Testing Index Reports: KP Public Affairs 
  • California Prunes – Re-branding Campaign: FleischmannHillard
  • Go Safely, California Campaign: Prosio Communications

Feature/Editorial Writing Category: 

  • Turnitin, The 74 Million Commentary on Varsity Blues: Pando Public Relations

Media Relations Category: 

  • Turnitin Authorship Investigate Article, SF Chronicle Page A1: Pando Public Relations

Social Media Campaigns Category

  • West Sacramento Via Rideshare: City of West Sacramento 
  • 25th Annual Placer Artists Studio Tour: Lemon Tree Agency

Special Events Category:

  • SELFe Event: PorterCo Agency
  • The California Prunes Experience: FleischmannHillard
  • Celebrating 10 years of the Yuba Accord: Yuba Water Agency 
  • Ford 100 Deadliest Days Safe Driving Outreach: FSB Core Strategies

2019 Award of Merit Winners

Audiovisual Category:

  • Go Safely, California Anthem Video: Prosio Communications
  • Agricultural Council of California Centennial Video: Merlot Marketing
  • “Catch! Cure! Crush Cancer!” Campaign Video – #PuppiesandBabies: Drisha Leggitt & Company Communications
  • 25th Annual Placer Artists Studios Tour: Lemon Tree Agency
  • EngageRoseville – Inside a Community Conversation: City of Roseville
  • “Catch! Cure! Crush Cancer!” Campaign Video – Drisha’s LLS Story: Drisha Leggitt & Company Communications

Collateral Materials/Publications Category:

  • The Life of a Water Drop on the Yuba River: Yuba Water Agency
  • “Catch! Cure! Crush Cancer” Concert Program: Drisha Leggitt & Company Communications
  • “Catch! Cure! Crush Cancer” Concert Logo: Drisha Leggitt & Company Communications

External/Community Relations Campaigns Category

  • “Catch! Cure! Crush Cancer” Campaign: Drisha Leggitt & Company Communication

Public Affairs Category:

  • We Stand with Seniors … Will You? Perry Communications Group

Special Events Category:

  • Albertsons Companies Brings Natural Approach to Influencer Marketing for “Open Nature” Brand Relaunch: FleischmanHillard 
  • “Catch! Cure! Crush Cancer” Concert: Drisha Leggitt & Company Communications

Social Media Campaigns Category:

  • THOR Kitchen – KBIS 2019 Social Media Campaign: Merlot Marketing

Additionally, the chapter wishes to thank its gala sponsors, including:

A note on judging: To ensure the utmost objectivity, each Tactic and Program submission was reviewed by the Las Vegas Valley Chapter of PRSA. Submissions were scored on a 100-point scale and awarded at the “Merit” level, if its combined score reached 80 points or higher, and “Influence” level, if its combined score reached 90 points or higher. The categories were not competitive, so select categories have no winners while others have multiple.


Chartered in 1947, the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) is the world’s largest and foremost organization of public relations professionals. PRSA provides professional development, sets standards of excellence and upholds principles of ethics for its members and, more broadly, the multi-billion dollar global public relations profession. It also advocates for greater understanding and adoption of public relations services, and act as one of the industry’s leading voices on the important business and professional issues of our time.

Locally, PRSA California Capital Chapter (PRSA-CCC) draws members from a wide area of Northern and Eastern California, including the communities of Sacramento, Placerville, Roseville, Napa, Fairfield, Stockton, Lake Tahoe, Chico, Yuba City, Redding, and other nearby areas. The chapter is led by a 11-member Board of Directors who are willing and able to help new members thrive in their careers, become more active in their industry and network with other like-minded professionals. More at