Calendar featuring Lake County firefighters with cuddly shelter pets wins prestigious award

A calendar featuring Lake County Firefighters holding cute and cuddly shelter pets has been honored with a Golden Image Award by the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA).

The “Rescue Me” calendar was created by Elisha Pappacoda, Magdalena Zapata and Bryan Baquiran from the Lake County Office of Communications and helped raise money and awareness for the Lake County Animal Shelter. It received the highest honor in the Printed Tools: Poster and Calendar category and was selected from among other entries from across Florida.

The ‘Rescue Me’ calendar that was put together by the Lake County Office of Communications has been honored with a Golden Image Award by the Florida Public Relations Association.

Pappacoda, who serves as director of the Lake County Office of Communications and is the incoming vice president for FPRA Lake County, accepted the honor at the Golden Image Awards banquet held during the 81st FPRA Annual Conference held in Tampa, Aug. 4-7.

The “Rescue Me” calendar also received an Image Award in April after competing on a regional level against other public relations projects.

The Image Awards have become a standard of public relations excellence in Florida. Winners demonstrate the very best examples of innovation, planning and design. Local Image winners often go on to win at the state Golden Image level.

The Lake County chapter of FPRA offers professional development opportunities, networking, accreditation and participation in the annual Image Awards. Further, members have access to all the benefits of the larger FPRA organization.

FPRA members come from many backgrounds – private and public corporations, government entities, non-profit organizations and counseling firms – but they share the common goal of enhancing the public relations profession in Florida through ethical and standardized practices. For more information, visit FPRA.org.