Senger wins top PR award


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Samantha Senger, who serves as assistant to the city manager and public relations specialist for the City of Cocoa, fifth from the left, is joined by other award winners that were honored Sept. 18 at the Space Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association banquet

VIERA VOICE Jill Blue

Some of Brevard County’s top public relations professionals were honored Sept. 18 at the Space Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association's annual Communicator of the Year Awards Banquet at the King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne.

The Space Coast chapter of FPRA is a tradition-rich organization, having been in existence for more than 30 years, according to the organization’s website.

That tradition was only added to at the banquet as the organization handed out a number of awards, including Communicator of the Year, which was awarded to Health First as well as an award for PR Professional of the Year, which was given to Samantha Senger, who also currently serves as the organization’s president.

“At first, I was quite shocked. I wasn’t expecting it but I am quite honored to be receiving this award on behalf of the Florida Public Relations Association,” said Senger, who serves as assistant to the city manager and public relations specialist for the City of Cocoa. “It’s an honor to be voted on to receive this award by my peers so I think that’s what is the true honor.”

Among the others awarded was Autumn Shrum, who serves as the marking director and public relations specialist for the King Center. She received the President’s Award, given to an individual for “distinguished chapter service,” the organization said.

“I have tremendously enjoyed being part of FPRA this past year,” said Shrum, who served as FPRA’s vice president of communications in the past year and is its incoming events chair. “It’s a great group of professionals. They welcomed me with open arms.”

Other award recipients included Angelica DeLuccia, who received the Doris Fleischman Award given to someone who makes unsung contributions to the group and public relations in general. In addition, Sara Almond and Nina Salvaggio each received the organization’s Rising Star Award.

The organization holds monthly meetings that feature guest speakers and other benefits to those who are members.

“It’s a great association,” added Senger. “It’s a great way to network with other PR professionals in the county and just a great support network so I’m able to bounce ideas off of other PR professionals. It’s a great opportunity to get to know all the PR professionals in the area. It’s a great association and I highly recommend it.”

“If you’re in marketing or PR or a related field, I highly recommend joining,” Shrum added.

Those interested in more information about the chapter should go to spacecoastfpra.com.