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Donna Francavilla accepts check from Elaine Miller for the most awards in the annual communications contest.

Donna Francavilla accepts check from Elaine Miller for the most awards in the annual communications contest.

 Eight AMP members saw their first-place state entries in the 2014 NFPW Communications Contest receive an award at the national level. Four of those awards were for first place.

            Donna Francavilla received a first place for her podcast, “Congressional Medal,” in the web and social media-podcasts category.; Madelyn Bonnett received a first place for her photo essay, which was printed in the form of a calendar;  Mary Eloise Leake won a first place in the specialty articles-arts and entertainment category; and Carolanne Roberts took first place in the PR materials-reports category for the “2013 Report to the Community” she did for Alabama Power.

            In addition, Donna won three second-place awards, Madelyn won a third place for a social media campaign, Elaine Hobson Miller won a third place in specialty articles-home, Meredith Cummings scored a second place for her personal blog, Tina Tidmore received an honorable mention for her Pandora web site, and Verna Gates received honorable mention for her specialty articles-history.

            Eleven members had 44 entries in 33 categories at the state level of the contest. Award certificates were handed out at AMP’s annual Spring Awards Luncheon held at Arlington Antebellum Home in March. For the second year in a row, Donna Francavilla was the Sweepstakes Award winner for having the highest score among all entrants. The Sweepstakes Award is based on several factors, including the number of first-places the winner receives and the amount of competition in each category the winner entered. Donna’s Sweepstake prize was a  check for $100.

AMP Pitches for NFPW Conference in 2017

The NFPW Board met in Birmingham in March for the annual meeting. During their visit, past AMP president Elaine Miller, in an effort to make Birmingham the city for the NFPW National Conference in 2017, she highlighted the amenities and attractions the city has to offer.

Elaine Miller at NFPW Board meeting

Elaine Miller at NFPW Board meeting

"This was a grand opportunity to network with NFPW members from across the USA," Elaine said. They came in from Nebraska, Idaho, Virginia & DC area, Illinois, South Carolina, Kansas and other areas. She encouraged incoming AMP officers to meet with the national officers as well as headquarters staff to support the effort. 

Elaine was the visionary and driving force behind the effort to land the conference in Birmingham and she worked long hours planning the agenda for the national board members.

The board members visited Vulcan Park, The Civil Rights Museum, the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, the 16th Street Baptist Church and other destinations.

The NFPW should make a decision in coming months on where the conference will be held.