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Hattie Larlham, PR official rock at Cleveland awards

From Staff Reports Published: December 14, 2016 12:00 AM
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TWINSBURG -- Three of Hattie Larlham's communication initiatives were honored at the 2016 PRSA Cleveland Rocks Award Dec. 2. Hattie maintains its headquarters on Darrow Road in Twinsburg.

Hattie Larlham and Scott Juba, president of Radar Public Relations and Consulting, received a Gold Rocks Award for marketing and communication for Over the Edge for Hattie Larlham 2016. The event sees fundraisers rappelling 23 stories down the Westin Cleveland Downtown in support of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Last year the event raised more than $125,000.

Hattie and Juba also earned a Silver Rocks Award for a Flash Fund social media campaign in support of the organization. This was the third year Hattie and Juba have received multiple awards at the annual ceremony.

Additionally, Hattie and Prosper for Purpose won a Silver Rocks Award for their work on Hattie Larlham's branding, positioning and messaging. Over six months, the organizations conducted surveys, met with core audiences and developed messages to position the disability non-profit for success.

Each year, the PRSA Cleveland Rocks Awards are presented to public relations practitioners who, as evaluated by their peers, have exemplified the highest quality of professionalism, skill, creativity and resourcefulness through their work on a particular project or issue.

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Hattie donors raise $60,000

Hattie Larlham supporters donated more than $60,114 Nov. 29 to create opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Funds raised support programs that empower people at Hattie Larlham to be active, valued members of their community.

Hattie Larlham's "Click. Share. Give." campaign counted down to Giving Tuesday on social media. The Twinsburg-based non-profit encouraged audiences to repost messages on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. Hattie Larlham supporters could use its text-to-give platform and donate from its website at www.hattielarlham.org.

A generous matching gift from Grace and Ron Barber and RG Barber Consultants, CPAs doubled the Giving Tuesday donations. For the fourth year, every donation made to Hattie Larlham on Giving Tuesday was matched by the Barbers, dollar-for-dollar, up to $15,000.

On Giving Tuesday, volunteers from businesses and organizations lead activities for people with disabilities. Volunteers from Darko, Cardinal Health in Twinsburg, Kepich Ford, The Dye family, Terex-Demag, US Bank and Turner Construction participated in holiday crafts, decorating and delivering gifts. In the evening, students from the Walsh Jesuit High School choir visited the Hattie Larlham Center for Children with Disabilities in Mantua to sing Christmas carols.

"Giving Tuesday is an opportunity for our supporters to connect with the people we serve," said Annual Fund Director Rosanne Drake. "We work together as a community on Giving Tuesday to raise funds and awareness for Hattie Larlham and people with disabilities. People give how they can and we are appreciative of the great support we continue to receive on this day every year."

Since 2012, Giving Tuesday has expanded Hattie Larlham's online giving community. Hattie Larlham is still accepting holiday donations at www.hattielarlham.org. Donations are tax-deductible and encouraged year-round.

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