Full List of Awards


  • PCC Silver Trumpet Award
    Saving Illinois Employers $500 Million – Government Affairs
    A targeted media outreach campaign exerted pressure on legislators to overhaul Illinois’ broken workers’ compensation system helping to improve the state’s ailing business climate.
  • PCC Silver Trumpet Award
    “Liquid Cocaine” Bust Educates Parents – Issues Management
    A media outreach campaign informed parents about the dangers of Four Loko, as told by a mother whose son died after drinking the potent beverage.


  • PCC Silver Trumpet Award
    Good Tidings – Brochures, Booklets or Books
    KSA’s 2010 Holiday card.


  • PCC Platinum Award
    Debuting a New Hospital
    Debuting a new hospital is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – and Sherman Health, in collaboration with Kathy Schaeffer & Associates, developed a multi-faceted communications campaign featuring events, media relations and internal and external outreach.
  • PCC Golden Trumpet Award
    Debuting a New Hospital – Community Relations
    Outreach campaign that included a celebratory gala, a community open house and a patient move day in December 2009 that generated widespread publicity for the new $325 million hospital.
  • PCC Golden Trumpet Award
    MAP Quest Successful for Students – Government Affairs
    Outreach campaign to fund second-semester MAP grants during their two-week, October veto session.
  • PCC Silver Trumpet Award
    Purveyors of Good Cheer, PR – Brochures, Booklets or Books
    KSA’s 2009 Holiday card.


  • PCC Silver Trumpet Award
    Cultivating Donors with Origami – Brochures, Booklets or Books
    Direct mail series distributed three times a year to introduce prospective donorsto La Rabida Hospital.
  • PCC Silver Trumpet Award
    EBC Sets the Pace – Institutional
    Year-long media outreach campaign to raise awareness of East Bank Club and its experts.


  • PCC Silver Trumpet Award
    The Illinois Chamber Delivers – Government Affairs
    Year-long communications campaign on behalf of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.


  • PCC Golden Trumpet Award
    Smart…Passionate…Ingenious…Engage Us – Brochures, Booklets or Books
    Quarterly direct mail series.
  • PCC Silver Trumpet Award
    It’s Show Time, Chicago! – Institutional
    Campaign leading up to construction of Chicago’s newest theater, the Harris Theater for Music and Dance
  • PCC Silver Trumpet Award
    Transitional Jobs: Transforming Lives – Issues Management
    Media campaign showcasing the success of transitional jobs for clients of Heartland Alliance.


  • PCC Silver Trumpet Award
    Making Work Pay in Illinois – Government Affairs
    Statewide media outreach campaign to support passage of the Illinois Earned Income Tax Credit.
  • PCC Silver Trumpet Award
    Freezone.com: Frontline of Safety – Public Service and Issues
    Communications activities to establish Freezone.com as the nation’s leading industry expert on Internet safety for kids.


  • PCC Silver Trumpet Award
    All Hands on Deck – Crisis Public Relations
    Crisis communications plans for freezone.com
  • PCC Silver Trumpet Award
    Hazelden Chicago – Opening New Doors – Institutional
    Campaign to introduce Hazelden Chicago to Chicago by highlighting Hazelden’s expertise in drug and alcohol addiction and treatment.


  • Girl Scouts – Illinois Crossroads Council Woman of Achievement Award
    Kathy Schaeffer received this award in recognition of her entrepreneurial and civic achievements.


  • PCC Silver Trumpet Award
    CAPE: Revitalizing Chicago Classrooms – Institutional
    Communications strategy demonstrating the powerful effects of art-integrated Education in Chicago Public Schools.
  • PCC Silver Trumpet Award
    A Voice for Supportive Housing – Public Service and Issues
    Year-long communications plan for Deborah’s Place to raise awareness of the need for supportive housing in Chicago.


  • PCC Golden Trumpet Award
    Reach Out with Relay – Institutional
    Statewide media campaign to educate businesses about the Illinois Relay Service for the deaf community.
  • PCC Silver Trumpet Award
    Piquing Publishers’ Curiocity – Special Events and Observances
    A year of Curiocity for kids magazine launch events in the Midwest.
  • PCC Silver Trumpet Award
    Focus on You! – Employee or Member Relations
    Project to improve communications between physician owners and the 1,200 employees of the formerly independent Advocate Medical Group.


  • PCC Golden Trumpet Award
    Open Hearts, Minds and Doors – Public Service and Issues
    Public awareness and education campaign on behalf of Pathways Awareness Foundation to promote inclusion of persons with disabilities in church life.