Hope Clubhouse, Susan Bennett Earn Top Public Relations Honors

Awarded by the Southwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association

May 1, 2012




Debbie Webb, Exec. Dir.                   Susan Bennett, APR, CPRC

Hope Clubhouse                                 Susan Bennett Marketing & Media

(239) 267-1777                                   (239) 277-5255

dwebb@hopeclubhouse.org               sbennett@susanbennett.biz







            Debra Webb of Hope Clubhouse of Southwest Florida and Susan Bennett of Susan Bennett Marketing & Media earned the Image Award for the best institutional public relations program in the region last year. 

The award was presented by the Southwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association for excellence in public relations at the Annual Image Awards ceremony April 17 at the Art of the Olympians in downtown Fort Myers.

It marks the 19th consecutive year that Susan Bennett Marketing & Media, L.C., has been recognized for outstanding communications campaigns, making it the most honored marketing firm in Southwest Florida with 187 awards from FPRA for campaigns on behalf of its clients.

Work to establish the Hope Clubhouse name included consistent branding, media relations, four major events during the year with comedian Kevin Nealon, Jimmy Buffett band members and educational seminars leading to the donation of a building to help those living with mental illness.

Hope Clubhouse of Southwest Florida is a model of rehabilitation for people living with severe mental illness such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and clinical depression. Hope Clubhouse, the only one of its kind in Southwest Florida, fills a significant gap in the mental health system by offering opportunities for meaningful work, education, friendships and access to housing in a supportive, caring and dignified community setting.

Susan Bennett Marketing & Media, L.C., is a full-service public relations and marketing firm offering media relations, fund-raising, results-driven marketing analyses and plans, website and video production integrated with social media platforms.  Based in Fort Myers, the firm represents clients in health care, non-profit, government and higher education in addition to commercial enterprises.  The firm was founded in 1991 by Susan Bennett, an accredited public relations professional (APR) and certified public relations counselor (CPRC), who is a former Gannett Co. executive and member of the launch team of USA TODAY. 

For more information, call 239-277-5255 or email sbennett@susanbennett.biz.