Press Club to Celebrate Community Leaders

Each year the Touchstone Awards provides an opportunity for the Press Club of Toledo to recognize community leaders in northwest Ohio.

During this special 50-year anniversary, the Press Club is excited to celebrate this year’s recipients at the 2022 Touchstone Awards on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at the Valentine Theatre.

Please join us as we recognize:

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

The award that recognizes a lifetime’s worth of outstanding contributions to the community in all aspects to include business, public service, and philanthropy, is being awarded to:

Mary Fedderke, vice president of development at the United Way of Greater Toledo, for her incomparable service to the Toledo non-profit community.

CONTRIBUTOR AWARD

This award that recognizes outstanding contributions to the community, specifically someone who’s made a significant impact on the quality of life in Northwest Ohio over the past year, is being awarded to:

Will Lucas, community champion and owner of Creadio and TolHouse, and Moussa Salloukh, community champion and owner of SoukMediterranean Restaurant, for their contributions to the growth and development of the Toledo region and media impact in 2022.

NORM CARTWRIGHT AWARD

Named after a founding member of the Press Club of Toledo, this award honors outstanding efforts to promote the press club’s principles. It is being awarded to:

Kurt Franck, president, general manager and executive editor of The Blade.

Get your tickets today to celebrate these community leaders and the achievements of local journalists during the past year!

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for cocktails and networking and the program begins at 7 p.m. Parking is included with your ticket purchase. See you at the Touchstones!

You’re Invited to the 2022 Touchstone Awards

Join us to celebrate our 50 year anniversary!

The Press Club of Toledo cordially invites you to attend the 2022 Touchstone Awards to honor those who made a difference in the past year.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2022
5:30 P.M. COCKTAILS AND GOURMET GRAZING
7:00 P.M. PROGRAM BEGINS

VALENTINE THEATRE
410 ADAMS ST., TOLEDO, OHIO 43604

TICKETS
$65 Press Club Member
$75 Non-Member/Public
$45 Student

The Press Club of Toledo would like to thank our generous sponsors for supporting the Touchstone Awards and the future of journalism through our annual scholarship program that recognizes student journalists at The University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University.

Press Club of Toledo Calls for Touchstone Award Nominations

Press Club of Toledo announced today the public call for nominations for the 2022 Touchstone Awards.

For the past 24 years, the Press Club of Toledo honors the best of journalism and community service in the Toledo area at the Touchstone Awards.

“The Touchstone Awards are an incredible way to highlight the amazing talent we have here in the Toledo community and to showcase the importance of quality, local journalism and public awareness,” said Candice Harrison, president of the Press Club of Toledo.

This year’s award categories include:

  • Print- Daily
    • Hard News
    • Feature
    • Sports
    • Arts & Entertainment
  • Print- Non-Daily
    • Hard News
    • Feature
    • Sports
    • Arts & Entertainment
  • Photojournalism
    • Videography
    • Print
  • Television
    • Hard News
    • Feature
    • Sports
    • Arts & Entertainment
  • Radio
    • Single Report
    • Show/Series
    • Sports
    • Podcast
  • Best Use of Social Media
  • Best Use of Digital Media (Blogs, Websites, Non-Broadcast Video, the Arts)
  • Student
    • Television
    • Radio/Podcast
    • Print
    • Social or Digital Media
    • Photojournalism
  • Best Public Relations Campaign (public relations, crisis communications or community awareness campaign)

The nomination form can be found at toledopressclub.com. Entries are due by Aug. 30, 2022.

The 24th annual Touchstone Awards Ceremony will be held on Oct. 4, 2022 at the Valentine Theatre.

Join Us For Upcoming Mixers

Join the Press Club of Toledo for the first of several planned mixers on Thursday, May 12.

Come mix and mingle with the Press Club at The Alleyway, 28 N. Erie St. from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. The event is open to the public.

Press Club mixer events are a great opportunity to mingle with media, public relations and marketing professionals and learn more about what the Press Club does for the community.

Additional mixers are planned for 2022. Mark your calendar now to join us Thursday, Aug. 4 from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. for a public event at Toledo Spirits, 1301 N. Summit St., and Thursday, Nov. 10 from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. for a members only event at Tolhouse, 1447 N. Summit St.

Press Club Inducts Candice Harrison President

Candice Harrison was inducted as the first Black president of the Press Club of Toledo at the board’s February meeting.

Harrison, who has served as external communications manager for Toledo Public Schools since 2017, recently announced she will soon begin a new career journey as corporate director of diversity, equity and inclusion with SSOE Group.

Harrison also is the owner of Synergy Engagement, a strategic communications, public relations, and engagement firm, and is a communication instructor at The University of Toledo. A communications leader in the Toledo community, Harrison has previously led communication efforts at the Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo Zoo and The University of Toledo Medical Center.

In addition to the Press Club of Toledo Board of Directors, she currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Rotary Club of Toledo and the Arts Commission. She is also a member of the Toledo chapter of Links, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and the Toledo chapter of Jack and Jill of America, where she serves as vice president.

Read more about Harrison in The Blade’s Press Club of Toledo gets a new president, while a new jazz club makes its mark by Barbara Hendel.

Candice Harrison