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Save Our Towns wins national Best Community Affairs communications award

Raymond Comer, a 40-year veteran of the coal mines, points out a petrified tree in a darkened mine in Pocahontas, Virginia, to student and Save Our Towns field reporter Hannah Samlall of Warrenton, Virginia, a senior majoring in communications.

Raymond Comer, a 40-year veteran of the coal mines, points out a petrified tree in a darkened mine in Pocahontas, Virginia, to student and Save Our Towns field reporter Hannah Samlall of Warrenton, Virginia, a senior majoring in communications.

Virginia Tech’s Save Our Towns, an online video series released in monthly episodes, haswon first place in Best Community Affairs in PR Daily-Ragan’s 2015 worldwide Corporate Social Responsibility Awards competition.

Ragan Communications provides conferences and online training to public relations, media relations, and other communications professionals.

Virginia Tech and other award winners produced “incredible initiatives that rocked the world with transformative change,” judges said. Runners-up in the Best Community Affairs category included a project by MasterCard that paired science-and-technology mentors with hundreds of schoolgirls around the world.

Winners in other categories included Ketchum, one of the world’s largest public relations agencies, with a ConAgra Foods-sponsored project involving children against hunger; and Teva Pharmaceuticals for its three-year partnership with Volunteers in Medicine to offer free medical care to the uninsured.

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