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Publicity Club of New England Honors Public Relations Excellence at the 38th Annual Bell Ringer Awards Ceremony.

BOSTON -- The Publicity Club of New England, the region's oldest not-for-profit public relations trade organization, today announced the winners of its 38th Annual Bell Ringer Awards competition. The awards ceremony, held last night at the Boston Marriott Copley Place, honored public relations and communications professionals from more than 50 different agencies, companies, and other organizations throughout New England.

The Super Bell award, presented to the organization executing the best communications campaign of the year, went to the Connecticut Education Association for its multi-faceted public affairs campaign to dramatically strengthen the financial position of the state teachers' pension fund. CEA's campaign played a pivotal role in securing multi-year pension payments for teachers in Connecticut.

The evening's top winners were Schwartz Communications, Inc. in Waltham, Mass. with 13 Bell Awards and nine Merit Awards and RDW Group, Inc. in Providence, R.I. with 12 Bell Awards and nine Merit Awards. Other winners receiving multiple honors included The Fenton Group in Providence, R.I. with six Bell Awards and five Merit Awards, Cronin and Company, Inc. in Glastonbury, Conn. with five Bell Awards and three Merit Awards, and Cone in Boston with four Bell Awards and eight Merit Awards.

The William M. Cavanaugh Grant honoring superior academic achievement was awarded to Ana Pantelic, a student at Boston University who is pursuing a bachelor's degree in public relations with a minor in business administration. The Bronze Bell, which recognizes a young public relations professional who has demonstrated a love of the field, a dedication to his or her career, and a superior work ethic, was awarded to Tim Morin of fama PR in Cambridge, Mass.

The John J. Molloy Crystal Bell lifetime achievement award has been recognizing New England communications veterans for more than 25 years. The winner of the 2007 Crystal Bell is Michael Doyle, group chairman of RDW Group in Providence, R.I. Over the past 20 years, Mike has led award-winning communications campaigns for public- and private-sector clients including Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Providence Place Mall, Seabrook Station, and the Cross-Bay Pipeline Project. Mike Doyle is a resident of Portsmouth, R.I. and a native of Worcester, Mass.

This year's awards competition received a record 371 entries from 67 different PR agencies and companies from throughout New England. KISS-108's Billy Costa emceed the ceremony before a crowd of more than 400.

The Publicity Club of New England would also like to thank its Platinum Sponsor, North American Precis Syndicate, or NAPS. Additionally, the Publicity Club would like to thank: Gold Sponsors - Business Wire and PR Newswire; Silver Sponsors - New England Newsclips Agency; Bronze Sponsor - Medialink; and Friends - Baker Design, PR News, Raincastle, and WebSolutionsBuilder.

About the Publicity Club of New England

Founded in 1949, The Publicity Club of New England is the region's oldest not-for-profit public relations trade organization. The Publicity Club strives to promote and encourage involvement in the communications industry and specifically the professions of public relations, promotions and marketing. Additional information about monthly Publicity Club programs, social and networking events, the "Bell Ringer" newsletter, up-to-date Job Bank, can be found on the Club's Web site at www.pubclub.org.

2007 Bell Ringer Awards Winners List
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SPECIAL AWARDS

Super Bell Award

Connecticut Education Association

Public Affairs Campaign

William M. Cavanaugh Student Grant Recipient

Ana Pantelic, Boston University

Bronze Bell Young Professional Award

Tim Morin, fama PR

John J. Malloy Crystal Bell, Lifetime Achievement Award

Michael Doyle, RDW Group
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