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VanNatta PR Earns Two Top  Awards from Oregon Public Relations Society

VanNatta Public Relations (VPR), a PR, consulting, and event planning firm in Salem, Oregon, was honored by the Public Relations Society of America Oregon Chapter  (PRSA). They received two top Spotlight Awards for their work with the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs and the Vietnam War Memorial Fund.

The Oregon PRSA held its annual event on Oct. 24, 2023, at the  Porter Hotel in Portland, Oregon. VanNatta PR received one award for its event planning and promotion work for the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs Women Veterans Conference. Over 500 women of diverse backgrounds attended a multi-day conference. The Oregon Women Veterans Conference is the state’s largest gathering of women veterans. The event connected veterans from every military branch to virtually celebrate the contributions of women who have served throughout history.

The second award was for VPR’s successful campaign to reach out to diverse communities for input on the interpretive panels for the Oregon Vietnam War Memorial Fund (OVWM). This group of Oregonians is committed to establishing a permanent memorial on our state capitol’s grounds to honor the military and families who 


participated in the Vietnam War. They want to help bring peace to the suffering endured by those who were rejected when they returned home. A tumultuous period, the Vietnam War was a historical era of controversy in American history and the longest war in recorded history.

Firm CEO Mary Louise VanNatta, APR, Fellow PRSA, said, “Being recognized by our profession is the highest honor. My colleagues know what it takes to develop a successful event and implement a meaningful strategic communications campaign. Working with veterans is extraordinary. I have the utmost respect for those who chose to protect our nation through military service.”

About the Spotlight Awards: The Spotlight Awards showcase the best of the public relations industry and the best of the profession. Award winners are given high marks by judges outside of the State of Oregon for exceptional campaigns and tactics that exceeded goals, got noticed, and measured  much success.

About VPR: Founded in 1967, VanNatta Public Relations is a Salem-based public relations, consulting, and event planning firm. The success of VanNatta Public Relations, Inc. is the result of experienced and knowledgeable staff who thrive in an ever-changing and demanding environment. From politicians and campaigns to nonprofits and associations, VanNatta PR works to help clients meet their goals and reach for new ones. For more information about VPR, visit or call 503-585-8254. 

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