|Padilla Distinguished Practitioner Award|
Created in 1996 to honor the late public relations pioneer Donald G. Padilla, the award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and contributions to the profession of public relations, has contributed to the mission of PRSA and has volunteered his/her time and talents toward making our community better.
During his long career, Padilla devoted himself to helping civic, educational, human services and arts organizations communicate more effectively with their publics. And he was equally diligent in teaching the clients of his firm to see the many benefits of community stewardship. In 1986, Padilla received PRSA National’s highest honor for public service, the Paul M. Lund Award. He is the first Minnesota chapter member ever to receive this award.
Along with the award, Minnesota PRSA contributes $500 to a charitable organization of the recipient’s choice. PadillaCRT donates another $500 to the same organization.
The 2017 nomination form can be found at the bottom of this page.
Each nomination must include a summary of qualifications that addresses the judging criteria. Summary must be no longer than two typed pages.
Forms must be completed by Noon on Wednesday, March 1, 2017.
It must be demonstrated how the nominee has served the Minnesota PRSA through his/her professional achievements, experience and reputation in the profession and broadened its vision through his/her contributions. How the nominee’s activities have brought about positive social, economic, political or professional action must also be documented. The nominee’s accomplishments must showcase solid and effective public relations principles and practices. List the nominee’s relevant awards and honors.
Include a list of organization(s) in which the nominee has volunteered, positions held and scope of activity. These activities must not be solely on behalf of a client or employer but may be supported by the nominee’s employer or client. Show how the nominee’s volunteer activities have 1) helped an organization move forward to achieve its mission and goals; and 2) brought credit to the public relations profession and encouraged others to emulate his/her activity.
The nominee must be a member in good standing and have at least 20 years of professional or related experience. All nominees not chosen for the award will automatically remain in the nomination process for three years.
In 1995, Minnesota PRSA created the Community Classics Award to honor a person who is judged by the chapter’s leadership to have made selfless contributions of time and public relations talent to make our community a better place.
In 1996, the board re-named it the Donald G. Padilla Community Classics Award, in honor of the late public relations pioneer and chapter member’s legacy of volunteer service. During his long career, Don devoted himself to helping civic, educational, human services and arts organizations communicate more effectively with their publics. And he was equally diligent in teaching the clients of his firm to see the many benefits of community stewardship.
Don received PRSA’s highest honor for public service, the Paul M. Lund Award, in 1986. It is given each year to a public relations professional for contributions made to the common good through public service activities. He is the only Minnesota PRSA member ever to receive a Lund award.
Don embodied the spirit of volunteerism and giving of himself. He gave his time and talents to help nonprofit organizations meet their goals and he encouraged everyone in our industry—both those at his own firm and members of this society—to give back.