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2013 PR News Nonprofit PR Awards Honorable Mention in Advocacy Campaign and Lobbying Efforts

Nyhus managed the development of a communications strategy for Washington United For Marriage that involved fully integrating public relations, public affairs, marketing, and social media. The strategy aimed to ensure a cohesive and veritable voice of support for the freedom to marry was heard from the coalition. As a result, Washington United’s official launch was a huge success, with a well-attended press conference, a wave of positive national coverage and local coverage in pivotal communities across Washington.

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PR News PR Platinum Award

2012 PR News Platinum PR Award in Public Affairs

With the goal of making Washington state the seventh state in the U.S. to legalize civil marriage for same-sex couples, the Washington United For Marriage coalition needed a strong launch in November 2011. The organization enlisted Nyhus Communications to help create a robust PR, public affairs, marketing and social media-led effort. As a result, in the two weeks after the coalition’s launch, positive national, regional and local media coverage ensued. The effort helped prompt Gov. Christine Gregoire to introduce a marriage equality bill and the state legislature passed the bill into law.

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Sabre Awards

2011 Holmes Report Gold SABRE Award in Community Relations

In spring 2010, American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation announced the Partners in Preservation (PIP) program in Seattle, which provided $1 million in restoration grants to local historic sites, and asked Nyhus to help launch the program in Seattle and the Puget Sound. To help PIP achieve its goals, Nyhus worked with local business and community representatives and local media for the contest launch and the voting process.

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PR News Nonprofit PR Awards

2010 PR News Non-Profit Awards Honorable Mention – Corporate/Non-Profit Partnership

Nyhus received an honorable mention for our work with American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation for our launch of Partners in Preservation: Saving Seattle Landmarks. At the end of the campaign, the National Trust measured 2,400 user-generated memories and stories posted and 345 photos reminiscing about the historic sites were shared. The announcement of the winner was filmed by KING 5 “Evening Magazine” and generated 34 additional pieces of coverage in local news as well as broadcast and radio coverage.

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Stevie Awards

2010 Stevie Awards for Women in Business

Nyhus’ Chief Operating Officer, Sally Poliak, was honored by a Stevie Award for Women in Business for her work leading Nyhus to a third consecutive year of double-digit growth and client diversification. Sally’s innovative approach to business development, product definition and client-focused service resulted in a combined revenue increase of 22 percent and Nyhus being named one of the top 100 fastest growing private companies in Washington state.

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