Gambel Communications Receives Regional Industry Honors

Reneé LeBouef

NEW ORLEANS – New Orleans based public relations firm Gambel Communications was recognized with various industry honors at the annual Southern Public Relations Federation (SPRF) conference in Destin, FL this September.

         “We are so honored to have our public relations work recognized by our peers,” said Betsie Gambel, president of Gambel Communications. “Every one of our employees brings something special to our industry, and it’s fulfilling to see their expertise recognized.”

         Founded in 1972, SPRF is the umbrella organization for the Public Relations Council of Alabama, Public Relations Association of Mississippi, the Public Relations Association of Louisiana and Emerald Coast Public Relations Organization. Each year, SPRF recognizes outstanding work in the field of public relations during the Lantern Awards ceremony at the end of its annual conference.

         Gambel Communications was recognized with the following honors at the 2016 Lantern Awards:


• Lantern Award for the Grand Opening of Fogo de Chão in New Orleans

         Under the direction of Reneé LeBouef, communications strategist, the Gambel Communications team flawlessly launched Fogo’s authentic Southern Brazilian brand in the Big Easy through community and media relations, company reps said.


• Certificate of Merit for the Grand Opening of B.B. King Blues Club

         Darcee Snider, communications strategist, led the charge for this project and worked tirelessly to create a fun and festive opening that spoke to essence of the Club, company reps said.


• Certificate of Merit for the New Orleans Women & Children’s Shelter name change

         Communications Strategist Gretchen Hirt gladly helped spread the word about this nonprofit through community and media relations as well as through dynamic social media campaigns, company reps said.


         In addition to the Lantern Awards, SPRF also awards various individual honors during the annual conference, including the designation of SPRF Senior Practitioner. The senior practitioner designation honors SPRF members who are recognized by their peers as veteran public relations professionals with high ethical standing.

         This year, Communications Manager, Christine Rigamer, APR was one of two public relations practitioners from Louisiana to be recognized as a 2016 SPRF Senior Practitioner. Rigamer, a long-time Gambel Communications staff member, is an accredited public relations professional and currently serves as president of the Public Relations Association of Louisiana – New Orleans Chapter.

         Gambel Communications is a full service communications firm specializing in branding, marketing, public relations, issue management, special events and social media. With offices in New Orleans and Mandeville, Gambel Communications forges relationships and partnerships with clients; complementary industries; and public, private and nonprofit sectors through traditional media, social media and networking/ grassroots initiatives. Clients include some of the most distinguished businesses in the area, including Volunteers of America, The Historic New Orleans Collection and Greater New Orleans Foundation.

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Darcee Snider


Gretchen Hirt


Christine Rigamer



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