PRPLI 29th Annual Awards Dinner

Each year, notable Long Islanders are honored by Public Relations Professionals of Long Island (PRPLI) at a celebratory Awards Dinner. We celebrate the accomplishments of a rising star, a lifetime achiever, Long Island achiever, mentor of the year, Long Island’s best PR campaign, and outstanding media member, in addition to awarding scholarships to exceptional college students majoring in public relations. Honorees and their supporters truly enjoy a memorable evening.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Westbury Manor, 1100 Jericho Turnpike, Westbury, NY 11590
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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This Year’s Honorees

Jack Rettaliata Lifetime Achievement Award

Julie Gross Gelfand Julie Gross Gelfand, APR

Director of Public Relations & Communications
Marcum LLP

Award-winning public relations and marketing expert Julie Gross Gelfand reinvented herself in 2012 to become the first Director of Public Relations & Communications at Marcum LLP, a top national accounting and advisory services firm and the largest on Long Island. In this latest career incarnation, Julie has pioneered a companywide public relations program to expand the Firm’s brand visibility, showcase its partners, and raise its stature in the accounting and business services community. Her work has established Marcum as a thought leader in the middle-market sector, sought for news commentary and analysis across the media spectrum.

Long Island Achievement Award

Lance ReinheimerLance Reinheimer

Executive Director
Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum

Lance has been the Executive Director of the Vanderbilt Museum more than eight years.  His position at the Museum is indicative of his lifelong commitment to community service. His background in budgeting, accounting and finance helped pave the way for the Museum’s now-strong balance sheet. 

Continuing his commitment to community service, he instituted special, free Museum events for families of first responders, active military personnel and veterans, children with special needs, and for students in high-needs school districts.


Howard M. Blankman Outstanding Mentor Award

Kali ChanKali Chan

Director of Medicine Media Relations
Stony Brook Medicine

As the director of medicine media relations at Stony Brook Medicine, it is Kali’s goal to raise the profile of Long Island’s premier academic medical center and Suffolk County’s only Level 1 Trauma Center. She successfully creates positive exposure for the hospital system’s physicians and staff, landmark patient cases, as well as areas of excellence including trauma care, surgery, Stony Brook Cancer Center, Stony Brook Heart Institute, Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, Stony Brook Neurosciences Institute and the new multi-specialty clinic in Commack. Since joining Stony Brook Medicine in November 2017, her oversight of the day-to-day media relations activities has resulted in high-level media placements in top-tier national, regional and trade news outlets.

Outstanding Media Award

Elizabeth_Hashagen Elizabeth Hashagen 

News 12 Long Island

Elizabeth Hashagen co-anchors News 12 Long Island’s Morning Show which airs weekday mornings from 5-8 a.m.
Since joining News 12 Long Island, Hashagen has covered breaking news stories from the anchor desk and throughout Long Island. She also handled News 12’s live network coverage from Ground Zero during the days after September 11.

Beyond the anchor desk, Hashagen’s assignments include her hard-hitting reports with gang members inside the Suffolk jail, recovering heroin addicts about the epidemic on the Island and her annual coverage of the ALS ” Ride for Life.”

Rising Star Award

Kevin Wilkinson 242Kevin Wilkinson

Zimmerman/Edelson, Inc.

Since joining Zimmerman/Edelson, Inc. in 2016, Kevin has been responsible for handling the day-to-day media relations and client servicing for nonprofit, municipal, financial and educational clients. Kevin’s work has focused on securing local media placements, developing community-wide initiatives and creating social media content. As an associate account executive, Kevin continues his work with a wide range of clients, developing new initiatives and strategies that will help clients achieve their communication goals.

Kevin graduated from American University in 2015 with a degree in political science and public communication. He is also a Bayport-Blue Point High School alumni.

2019 PRPLI Scholarship Award Winners

Ben Martin – Hofstra University

ben martinBen Martin is a graduating senior enrolled in Hofstra University’s Honors College. He is a public relations major and fine arts who completed internships at four PR agencies; ID PR, Finn Partners – Media Connect, Devries Global and LaForce.

Ben considers himself someone who thrives in high pressure, ever-changing environments, which drew him to public relations. Moving forward, he hopes to utilize his knowledge of public relations to pursue a career in integrated marketing strategies and attain his MBA while working in the industry.

Lila Woodbridge – Adelphi University

lila woodbridgeLila Woodbridge is a junior at Adelphi  with a double major in Communications and Psychology. Since her graduation from a vocational high school studying media technology, Lila has worked in her field on a freelance basis, working as an advertising contractor for a local business and as a volunteer graphic designer for a nature reserve. During the school year she works at the Adelphi University Web Team, maintaining the website and doing graphic design. In fall of 2018 Lila began an internship at the Alive Inside Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to better the lives of elders with dementia through music and empathy. She worked as a digital media content creator for the organization and continued her internship remotely while abroad in London during the spring 2019 semester. Most recently, Lila was the chief editor of a documentary short about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Memorial which will show at the Workers Unite Film Festival in 2019.

Congratulations to our 2019 PRPLI Scholarship Winners! 

Sponsorships & Tickets

Platinum $1,500
Reserved table of 10; full-page ad in a commemorative journal with premium placement; recognition in all event advertising, promotion and publicity; logo recognition on event signage; journal and podium mentions; logo placement on PRPLI website for one year.

Gold $1,200
Reserved table of 10; half-page ad in a commemorative journal; recognition in event advertising, promotion, and publicity; recognition on event signage; journal and podium mentions.

Silver $500
Two tickets; half-page ad in a commemorative journal; recognition on event signage; journal and podium mentions.
Commemorative Journal

Full Page Ad $150 (4.5”w x 7.5”h)
Half Page Ad $100 (4.5”w x 3.5”h)
Space reservations and materials due no later than 4/17/2019.

Tickets / Tables

  • Members* $90 | $100 (After 4/5/2019)
  • Guests $120 | $130 (After 4/5/2019)
  • Students $50
  • Table of 10 $1,000 | $1,100 (After 4/5/2019)

*Including members of DMALI, IABC, Press Club of Long Island and Social Media Association

For more information about our honorees and to order tickets, tables, sponsorships, and journal ads, contact Award Co-Chairs Rachael Risinger, or Cassie Rowan, .