Dick Pirozzolo, founder of Boston-based Pirozzolo Company Public Relations, was recently presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hamden Education Foundation, a community organization dedicated to enriching the tradition of excellence in the public schools of Hamden, CT. As part of the recognition a brick, with Pirozzolo’s name and the year of the award, will be laid at the Hamden High School courtyard. Pirozzolo served with the U.S. Air Force in Vietnam before starting up PCPR, and he continues his involvement with Vietnam today as a member of the Editorial Board of Boston Global Forum, a think tank focused on reducing world tensions and fostering business and cultural ties with Vietnam. He has also become a vocal proponent of expanding benefits to Vietnam Veterans suffering from Agent Orange afflictions.
The LAGRANT Foundation is honoring 100 rising ethnic minority communications students at events in New York and San Francisco. As part of TLF’s 20th anniversary celebration, it is awarding $250,000 in scholarships to students in the fields of advertising, graphic design, marketing and pubic relations. Sixty undergraduate students are each receiving a $2,000 scholarship and 40 graduate students are being given $3,250 scholarships. The New York events recognized students attending school east of Chicago. Omnicom Public Relations Group and Ketchum sponsored the New York events. In San Francisco, Bechtel Corporation and W2O Group will sponsor the events for students attending school west of Chicago. Those events will run from June 3-5.
French|West|Vaughan took home 19 awards at the annual InSpire Awards event, hosted by the North Carolina Public Relations Society of America. The awards included five top category honors for campaign and program work in Events, Reputation/Brand Management, Public Affairs/Public Service, Consumer Products Marketing and Creative Tactics. The Silver InSpire Award for Best in Show went to FWV’s consumer program on behalf of Pendleton Whisky. “There is outstanding work being done by agencies across North Carolina, and it is getting better every year,” said FWV Chairman & CEO Rick French.