Articulon Wins 2016 InSpire Award

Raleigh-based brand communication firm Articulon received an InSpire Award from the North Carolina Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. The agency was recognized during the eighth annual InSpire Awards banquet on September 27, 2016 for its work on behalf of the 30th Annual International Festival of Raleigh. Articulon won Best in Category for its “Media Relations” work for the festival.

Articulon Wins Five 2015 InSpire Awards

Awards DisplayRaleigh-based brand communication firm Articulon received five InSpire Awards from the North Carolina Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. The agency was recognized during the seventh annual InSpire Awards banquet on May 12 for its work on behalf of FMI Corporation, the International Festival of Raleigh, Sig Hutchinson for Wake County Commissioner and SAFE Haven for Cats.

Articulon won Best in Category for the entry: Digital Video Campaign Helps Sig Hutchinson Win County Commissioner Election. The agency also received an Award of Excellence in Media Relations for FMI Enters Gas and Oil Market, and Honorable Mentions for:

  • Media Relations for the International Festival – Discover the World in Raleigh
  • Direct Mail/Direct Response for Giving Tuesday Donors Support SAFE Haven for Cats

“The Articulon team takes great pride in receiving five InSpire Awards for our work creating compelling messages that continue to connect with our clients’ audiences, as well as produce tangible results,” says Cindy Stranad, APR, Articulon principal. “It is a tremendous honor to stand in celebration next to our peers.”

Modeled after PRSA’s national Bronze and Silver Anvil Awards, the InSpire Awards highlight the best PR and communications programs by agencies located in North Carolina. Bronze InSpire Awards honor specific tactics or components of public relations campaigns.

These awards builds upon the recognition Articulon has received for a commitment to exceptional client work and community involvement. Since 2006, the Triangle Business Journal the firm has recognized Articulon as one of the top 25 public relations firms in the Triangle. Articulon has also won numerous industry accolades including InSpire Awards from NCPRSA, B2 Awards from the Business Marketing Association, Sir Walter Raleigh Awards from the Raleigh Public Relations Society, an ADDY® award from the American Advertising Federation Raleigh-Durham chapter. Additionally, an independent group of judges selected Articulon as a Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Award recipient based on sustained growth and innovation in 2010.

BBB Event Nearly Doubles in Size from Previous Year

Lafayette Village Collage-01RALEIGH, N.C. (April 27, 2015) — More than 1,500 Triangle residents participated in the Better Business Bureau of Eastern NC’s document shredding and electronics recycling event on April 18 held at Coastal Federal Credit Union and Lafayette Village. This was the largest turnout the semi-annual event has seen. Nearly 53,000 pounds of documents and 26,000 pounds of electronics were collected, securely destroyed and recycled.

“Identity theft remains a pertinent problem today, it is important that individuals understand the risks involved when disposing of documents and electronics,” says Toby Barfield, president and CEO of Better Business Bureau serving Eastern North Carolina. “Shredding sensitive information and destroying electronic devices that contain personal data is an important first step to combating fraud.”

Coastal Federal Credit Union and Lafayette Village served as location sponsors, promoting the importance of identity protection and security in the community. Free document shredding services were provided by PROSHRED® Security and A Shred Ahead®. Local recycler, GEEP collected all electronics for secure and eco-friendly destruction.

To date, the “Secure Your ID” Day events have safely destroyed more than 370,000 pounds of sensitive documents and nearly 90,000 pounds of electronics. The event is held in the spring and fall each year. For more information, visit

About BBB serving Eastern North Carolina:
Better Business Bureau serving Eastern North Carolina is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit corporation serving 33 counties in Eastern North Carolina. The organization is funded primarily by BBB Accredited Business fees from more than 3,000 local businesses and professional firms. BBB promotes integrity, consumer confidence and business ethics through business self-regulation in the local marketplace. Services provided by BBB include reports on companies and charitable organizations, general monitoring of advertising in the marketplace, consumer/business education programs and dispute resolution services. All services are provided at no cost to the public, with the occasional exception of mediation and arbitration. Visit

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Lebanese celebrate roots, future with Raleigh festival

What a great day for our client, Triangle Lebanese Association, during the 17th annual Lebanese Festival. The festival had more than 5,000 attendees. Special shout out to the N&O for recapping such a fun-filled Easter Saturday.  Check out the article below.


Soha Hilal viewed much of Saturday’s Lebanese Festival through the camera lens on her phone.

She took photos of her daughter, Carla, before the 8-year-old and about 20 other children carried a giant Lebanon flag to a stage on Fayetteville Street’s City Plaza.

Hilal snapped more photos just before Carla walked on the stage to perform a traditional Lebanese dance, known as Dabke.

In fact, it wasn’t until after the music stopped and Carla struck a pose that Hilal stopped taking pictures. After kneeling in front of the stage and holding her gold phone aloft, Carla’s mom stood and high-fived several other camera-wielding Lebanese parents.

“We’ve had her dancing (in the festival) since she was 4,” Hilal said of her daughter, who was born in Raleigh. “We want her to get used to our beats, our music, our culture and our people.”

Organizers said more than 5,000 people crowded the south end of Fayetteville Street on Saturday afternoon to experience dancing, food and other customs of the Middle Eastern country.Saturday’s festival was the 17th hosted by the Triangle Lebanese Association, founded in 1986.

New home

Lebanese have been a part of North Carolina culture for more than a century. But this year, the association had an extra reason to celebrate. TLA late last year bought the first building it can call its own: a 4,500-square-foot structure on Horizon Drive in Raleigh.

“We’ve been saving up for it since we got started,” said Doumit Ishak, a co-founder of the association who serves as its president.

The Lebanese are known for being nomadic, Ishak said. And the Triangle association was no different – gathering in restaurants to socialize and renting out different venues for events over the years. Now it has a space to introduce new cooking classes, dance classes and Arabic classes, Ishak said.

On Saturday, the 50-year-old could hardly contain his excitement. He took a break from manning a grill to hug dozens of friends – even lying on the sidewalk to arm-wrestle with boys.

“These kids are like my own,” he said. “This is an event that, as you can see, makes us so happy and proud.”

North Carolina has been home to Lebanese immigrants since the 1880s and now has about 16,000 Lebanese-Americans, say with N.C. State University’s Khayrallah Program for Lebanese-American Studies.

Prominent Raleigh businessman and restaurateur Greg Hatem – who owns Sitti, Gravy and the Raleigh Times, among others – comes from a Lebanese family.

The community has been a part of the culture for so long that the N.C. Museum of History last summer hosted an exhibit called “Cedars in the Pines,” which chronicled Lebanese life in North Carolina.

But for others, such as 7-year-old Jacob Pogerelski, Saturday’s festival provided a rare opportunity to learn about an unfamiliar culture.

His family, which is of Polish descent, spent time at a booth learning Phoenician – the language of some of ancient Lebanon’s earliest settlers – before studying the food selections.

“I can’t believe my name in Phoenician is only two symbols,” Pogerelski said. “It’s interesting.”

Lebanese are known for being hospitable and family-oriented, so many are eager to share their culture, said Bisharah Libbus, who moved to the U.S. from Lebanon in 1971 and now lives in Chapel Hill.

Saturday’s event, which acted as a reunion for many Lebanese in the community, reminded him of when he was embraced by a stranger while walking in his hometown of Tyre last year.

“Your grandmother and my grandmother were sisters! Come, come let’s have coffee,” he recalled the woman saying. “I had never met her. But that’s how we are, very warm.”

Lebanese Festival is featured on WRAL and Indy Week

The Lebanese Festival is featured in two top media outlets for planning your weekend:

1) The eat & drink section of Indy Week

Indy Week


2) WRAL What’s on Tap – Weekend Best Bets.

WRAL - On Tap

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