IOCC Communications Efforts Recognized for Excellence

Baltimore, MD (April 6, 2004) — International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) has received two DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards for its communications efforts in 2003.

The national awards are presented by the Religion Communicators Council (RCC), an interfaith association of more than 600 religion communicators working in print and electronic communication, marketing and public relations in the United States.

Receiving an award of excellence in the Electronic Communication category was IOCC’s “Seeds of Hope” business card CD-ROM and plantable seed card. Receiving an award of merit in the National Newsletter category were the fall and winter 2003 issues of IOCC’s “News & Needs” newsletter.

IOCC Communications Associate Stephen Huba is a member of RCC.

“I’m pleased that IOCC’s communication efforts have been recognized in this way,” said Alex Machaskee, chairman of the IOCC Board of Directors’ communication committee. “These awards underscore the important role that good communication plays in advancing the humanitarian mission of IOCC.”

The winning CD-ROM was produced in cooperation with Greek Orthodox Telecommunications and Spectrum Films of Jacksonville, Fla. Similar in shape and size to a business card, the CD is a multimedia presentation on IOCC’s humanitarian programs worldwide and can be played on a personal computer.

Both winning entries are part of IOCC’s ongoing effort to communicate about its mission as the humanitarian aid agency of Orthodox Christians.

The DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards are named in honor of the late Victor DeRose and the late Paul M. Hinkhouse, leading lithographers in New York City who shared a strong concern for excellence in religion communications.

The awards are based on overall quality, including aspects such as concept, writing, design, creativity, communication value and effectiveness. Entries are compared with the best communication projects of religion communication professionals across the country.

A panel of professional religion and secular communicators selected the winning entries. The awards were distributed on March 26 at the annual RCC convention in Birmingham, Ala.

Founded in 1992, IOCC administers programs of humanitarian relief and development in 15 countries around the world.