It’s almost time to celebrate: what you need to know for the 2020 Renaissance Awards

By: Robin Rectenwald

It’s hard to believe that 2020 is already here, especially since we’ve been planning the PRSA Pittsburgh Renaissance Awards since February 2019.

With less than 30 days to go until our biggest event of the year, I can’t express how excited I am for this year’s awards. January 30th will be a special night where nearly 200 local communications and marketing professionals will celebrate their achievements. We had nearly 30 companies submit more than 100 entries, the most PRSA Pittsburgh has had in years. We are grateful for your support and enthusiasm for our event and we can’t wait to showcase your hard work in just a few weeks.

Joining us will be John Chamberlin and Rachael Rennebeck, hosts of the humorous YaJagoff Podcast, to serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the evening. Don’t worry, they won’t poke too much fun at us. In fact, John has been a long-time supporter of PRSA, so we’re excited to be working with the rising duo.

As you gear up for the night of celebration, here’s what you need to know regarding this year’s event.

BUY YOUR TICKETS BEFORE JANUARY 24

Because the networking portion will take place in the lobby of the Pittsburgh Playhouse, we have a limited number of tickets. Please be sure to purchase your tickets early as we anticipate selling out. We ask that you purchase your tickets no later than Friday, January 24.

Tickets are available here.

We won’t have tables available for purchase since the awards ceremony will take place in a traditional theater, but we do have ticket bundles available.

MAKE SURE TO GO TO THE RIGHT LOCATION

If you haven’t been to the Pittsburgh Playhouse, here’s your chance! It’s a magnificent performing arts center located in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh. What better place to showcase the most creative marketing campaigns?

Be sure not to confuse the Pittsburgh Playhouse with its old location in Oakland. This year’s Renaissance Awards will take place at the new Playhouse located at 350 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

PARKING

Street parking is free after 6 p.m. or there are plenty of spots available in the Market Square Garage (228 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222), less than two blocks away from the Playhouse.

ARRIVE EARLY TO GET A BITE TO EAT AND DRINK

With so many smart and creative minds in one room, we hope to leave plenty of room for networking before and after the awards ceremony. Because we have a lot of awards to hand out, we hope to start the ceremony at 6:30 p.m. sharp. Be sure to arrive early if you want to grab something to eat and drink in advance. Here’s the tentative schedule of events for the evening:

  • 5:00 p.m.: Doors open at Pittsburgh Playhouse (350 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222)
  • 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.: Networking, drinks and hors d’oeuvres
  • 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.: Renaissance Awards ceremony (no food or drink in theater)
  • 9:00 – 10:00 p.m.: Networking, coffee and dessert
  • 10:00 p.m.: After Party at Forbes Tavern (310 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222)

WHAT’S ON THE MENU (we promise, it’s delicious)

Thanks to the staff at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, we’re excited for this year’s menu, which includes vegetarian and gluten free options:

  • Carving Station
  • Pasta Station
  • Cheese and fruit place
  • Hot Hors d’Oeuvres
  • Cold Hors d’Oeuvres
  • Gourmet coffee and desserts
  • Wine and beer bar (each ticket holder gets two free drinks)

AFTER PARTY

Reward your hard work and Renaissance wins with a cocktail (or two). Join us at Forbes Tavern to continue the celebration!

Our After Party is sponsored by StudioME, a user-friendly space for media creation in Pittsburgh. From first-timers to professionals, StudioME offers user-friendly studio spaces, equipment rentals, editing workstations, and custom production services for all media creators. The StudioME model was created with the challenge to deliver high quality content using brand new approaches to an outdated, over-priced model.

We’ll be sure to share any other event updates as they come in. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly at robin.rectenwald@wordwritepr.com.

See you on January 30th!

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