jimmy carterFormer President Jimmy Carter delivered the keynote address at last night's 55th annual Golden Trumpet Awards gala of the Publicity Club of Chicago.

The Nobel Prize winner received a Special Award of Honor at the event held at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel, which was emceed by Chicagoland journalist Bill Kurtis.

ASGK Public Strategies, the firm founded by President Obama’s top strategist David Axelrod, snagged the Platinum Award for its "Winning Marriage Equality in Illinois" campaign, while Weber Shandwick's "Pedigree Feeding Project" topped the list in the "exceptional creativity" category. [Full list of Gold winners]

Chicago veterans Rick Jasculca and Jim Terman of Jasculca Terman Strategic Communications scored the "Lifetime Achievement Award."

Jon Kaplan, media relations director at GreenMark PR, chaired the Golden Trumpet awards committee.