Wellington Chamber’s Annual Guide Wins Statewide Award

The Florida Magazine Association recently honored a Wellington Chamber of Commerce publication with a 2017 Charlie Award.

The award winners were recognized on Friday, Aug. 11 during the 2017 Florida Media Conference held at the Ritz-Carlton Naples. The awards were presented to Florida publications at the Charlie Awards Gala.

More than 600 entries were submitted for the 2017 Charlie Awards contest from 70 publishing firms in Florida. Winning entries were evaluated by judges from across the country that specialize in magazine publishing, including several journalism professors.

The Guide to Wellington, the official magazine of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, received the bronze award for “Best Cover Design” for an association in the State of Florida. This is the first award that the annual guide and membership directory has received. The guide is published and produced in collaboration with Passport Publications & Media Corporation, which has published the annual magazine for the past 12 years.

“We’re thrilled to be recognized by the Florida Magazine Association and receive this award,” said Michela Green, executive director of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce. “We are extremely proud to present Wellington as a great place to do business, live, work and play with the quality of life we all enjoy, as seen throughout the 100 pages of the Guide to Wellington. And at the same time, present our chamber members as welcoming ambassadors to our community.”

The Guide to Wellington serves as a business and relocation directory in Wellington and the western Palm Beach County area, with distribution to businesses, residents, people relocating to the area and members of the chamber. The publication lists chamber members alphabetically and by business category. As the ultimate resource publication, it provides rich content with up-to-date information about the equestrian community, healthcare, real estate, government, the local economy and education in Palm Beach County.

The unique and informative editorial makes the guide a must-have for all residents and visitors alike, providing convenient and useful information to familiarize newcomers with all that the area has to offer, as well as a valuable reference of the entire Wellington Chamber of Commerce membership.

The FMA’s Charlie Awards competition is named in honor of the late Charles G. Welborn Jr., a long-time professor of journalism and communications at the University of Florida. His numerous contributions to the FMA and the publishing industry have been instrumental in furthering the growth of magazines in Florida. This year, Welborn was inducted into the Florida Magazine Association Hall of Fame.

Representing approximately 236 magazines and 25 suppliers of publishing products and services, the FMA is the largest state magazine association in the nation. For more than five decades, the FMA has provided Florida’s magazines with a vital connection to other publishing professionals and businesses that can assist and direct their growth.

For more information about the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, visit www.wellingtonchamber.com or call (561) 792-6525.