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2024 Minnesota PRSA Classics Awards

Get ready to join us for Classics 2024, our annual springtime celebration to honor the incredible and impactful work our community has done this year. This year’s gala event is extra special. We’re recognizing the Minnesota Public Relations Society of America’s 75 years of excellence including honoring some of our chapter’s past presidents! Register today for Minnesota PRSA's 46th Classics Awards banquet, being held Thursday, May 9, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. Central at the Nicollet Island Pavilion.

For this extra special occasion, we’re honoring Ryan May with the Padilla Award. Since 1999, Ryan has been a dedicated and diligent contributor to Minnesota PRSA.

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Dress Code:
Business attire


5:00-6:15 p.m. – Registration and networking with cocktail hour/hors d'oeuvres

6:30-7:00 p.m. – Welcome (Jason DeRusha, emcee); President's Welcome and Presentation of Rising Star Award, Donald G. Padilla Award, and Dr. Willard Thompson scholarships (Marsha Pitts-Phillips, APR, 2024 Minnesota PRSA President) 

7:00 p.m. – Dinner service begins

7:45-8:30 p.m. – Award Ceremony: Element Awards, Student Classics Awards, Program Awards, Best of Show

8:30-8:45 p.m. – Closing remarks

8:45 p.m. – Desserts & coffee table open

Download the digital program book here.


Jason DeRusha hosts DriveTime from 3-6 afternoons at WCCO Radio. He spent nearly 20 years at Channel 4, including a decade as Morning News Anchor. He last hosted the Classics awards in 2009, when he was the Good Question reporter. It's taken us 15 years to get the bad taste out of our mouths and invite him back (his words, not ours).
Jason also is the Chief Food Critic for Minnesota Monthly, and he has a growing group of hosting, corporate partnerships and influencer jobs.

About the Classics Awards:

Since 1978, the Minnesota PRSA Classics Awards have recognized hundreds of organizations for excellence in public relations. The Classics are presented annually to public relations practitioners who, in the judgment of their peers, have successfully addressed a communications challenge with exemplary professional skill, creativity and resourcefulness.

The Classics Awards are divided into two
categories: Elements and Programs. Elements Awards recognize outstanding individual components or tactics, while Programs awards honor the best overall public relations campaigns.

We’ll also be honoring winners of the Student Classics Awards to showcase some of the best public relations work from college students in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

This is a very special celebration of PR excellence that you don’t want to miss! Register today and we will see you at Classics 2024!


Thursday, May 9, 2024
5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Central


Nicollet Island Pavilion
40 Power Street
Minneapolis, MN 55401


Students: FREE
PRSA Members: $110
Non-Members: $140
Group – 5 tickets: $625
Group – 10 tickets: $1,100

Registration is required before Friday, May 3 at 5:00 p.m. CT.

*Details are subject to change.

Thank you to the 2024 Classics Sponsors!




Thursday, May 9, 2024, 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) (UTC-06:00)
Nicollet Island Pavilion
40 Power Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Ryan A Baird
Registration is required before Friday, May 3, 2024 at 5:00 PM
Payment In Full In Advance Only
No Fee