Devaney & Associates Wins Four Awards in Public Relations Society of America 2020 Best in Maryland Competition

Posted on 12/15/2020 4:34 pm  /   Agency News

Agency receives three Awards of Excellence and one Best in Maryland award for work with Carroll Hospital, Ingenuity Project, Project Sanctuary, and Tuerk House 

Devaney & Associates, a full-service advertising, marketing, and public relations agency, received four awards from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Maryland Chapter at the 2020 Best in Maryland award celebration held on December 10. The virtual awards show featured Maryland’s finest public relations and communications professionals and awarded 47 trophies in 26 different categories and five esteemed honors for local professionals.

Devaney & Associates was given a first place Best in Maryland award in the Annual Report category for its work with Tuerk House—a nonprofit drug and alcohol treatment facility in Baltimore City. The agency helped create a compelling annual report using powerful stories of hope that happened inside Tuerk House’s walls within the past two years—showcasing the incredible patients, staff, and leadership, and inspiring donors who support their life-saving work.

In addition, Devaney & Associates also took home three Awards of Excellence for work promoting Carroll Hospital’s Family Birthplace, the Ingenuity Project, and Project Sanctuary.

In the Integrated Communications category, Devaney & Associates and Carroll Hospital, a LifeBridge Health center, were recognized for their outstanding work with the “Designed by Moms” campaign to promote the hospital’s Family Birthplace. Overall, the campaign changed the public’s perception of Carroll Hospital’s level of care—growing consumer confidence with an impressive pre-term birth percentage increase from 5.6 percent of all hospital births in 2018 to 9.5 percent of all births in 2019—while promoting the new and improved Family Birthplace and Neonatal Care services to expecting and future moms.

Devaney & Associates and Ingenuity Project—a nonprofit overseeing an elite math and science curriculum for advanced middle and high school students in Baltimore City Public Schools—were recognized in the Media Relations Campaign for Non-Profit Associations category. The agency created a strategic media relations plan for Ingenuity Project that netted more than 10 featured placements in greater Baltimore media, including print, online, broadcast television, and radio outlets.

The final Award of Excellence recognized Devaney & Associates’ work with Project Sanctuary in the category of Events/Celebrations, Fewer Than 7 Days. The Colorado-based nonprofit provides therapeutic retreats and follow-up services to help military families following deployment, but they needed assistance promoting their first Maryland retreat, held in July 2019. Devaney & Associates secured feature stories covering the retreat in The Washington Post and At Ease Magazine, and news stories that aired on WMAR-TV and WBAL-TV.

“It is such an honor to be acknowledged among some of the biggest and best public relations and communications names in Maryland,” said Diane Devaney, president, Devaney & Associates. “Our team has thoroughly enjoyed working with Carroll Hospital, Ingenuity Project, Project Sanctuary, and Tuerk House, and it means a great deal to see our hard work and these exceptional organizations be recognized.”

About Devaney & Associates, Inc.
Devaney & Associates, Inc. is a full-service, award-winning marketing, advertising and public relations agency with clientele throughout the United States. Located in Owings Mills, MD, Devaney & Associates offers clients creative and comprehensive marketing tools to define and achieve their goals. Clients include Carroll Hospital, Chase Brexton Health Care, Georgia Relay, Leadership Maryland, Maryland MEP, Maryland Relay, Montana Relay, Route One Apparel, and Yes Chef! For more information, visit