Laer Pearce & Associates of Irvine led the list of winners at the 1994 Protos awards, which honor excellence among local public relations professionals.
Laer Pearce won seven first-place statues, followed closely by Paine & Associates of Costa Mesa, which won six. Four statues each were awarded to Amies Communications of Anaheim and Fullerton-based Beckman Instruments' in-house public relations team.
Nelson Communications Group of Irvine won two first-place statues. Winning one statue apiece were the in-house public relations duo at Odetics Inc. of Anaheim; Maples & Associates of Irvine; Gladstone International of Irvine; Morgan Marketing and Public Relations of Tustin; one-woman shop Teri Bruno; Roberts, Mealer & Co. of Santa Ana; Brighton Communications of Irvine; Fisher Business Communications of Santa Ana, Strategies of Costa Mesa and Orange-based Chapman University's in-house public relations department.
Linda Martin of Laer Pearce & Associates won the distinguished service award for an individual.
The award for distinguished service on the part of an organization went to The Times' Orange County edition. The newspaper was honored for its cash and advertising contributions to community events, as well as its 1993 Volunteers of Distinction awards program, said Cindy Beyl, a spokeswoman for The Times.
There were 190 entries in the competition, which is sponsored by the local chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.