Clear Channel Outdoor Chicago Earns Ad Council’s Silver Bell

Gail Chiasson, North American Editor

Kudos to the Chicago office of Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings Inc. which has been awarded the Ad Council’s Silver Bell Award, given annually to one outdoor company that exemplifies exceptional generosity and leadership in disseminating Ad Council public service messages.

The Ad Council is a national non-profit organization and is believed to be the largest producer of public service advertising in the U.S..

The Silver Bell Award was presented to CCO Chicago for the company’s commitment in providing pro-bono public service advertising for several organizations in 2012, including transit and roadside digital billboards, bulletins, posters and metro platform/concourse dioramas. The campaigns supported include: Autism Awareness; Stroke Awareness; Financial Literacy; Texting and Driving; and Community Engagement.

“The Ad Council takes great pleasure in acknowledging the contributions of individuals and organizations that support our efforts to raise awareness of critical social issues facing our country,” says Karen Volkman, managing director, Midwestern region, The Ad Council. “We are proud to recognize Clear Channel Outdoor Chicago as a valuable partner that has donated a wide range of traditional and digital displays for our campaigns, helping us reach people throughout our community.”

“As the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, it is incredibly important that we are able to further spread the word about our cause and initiatives so that we can continue to support people with autism and fund critical research,” says Liz Klug, executive director, Chicagoland chapter, Autism Speaks. “Through Clear Channel Outdoor’s help, visits to our Chicago home page increased by 72% year over year, and visits to from within Illinois increased by 63% during the same time period. The feedback has been tremendous and has significantly helped to raise our visibility in the state.”

Ed Marcin, vice president, public affairs and special projects, Clear Channel Outdoor Chicago, says, “It is our honor to provide use of our advertising platforms to organizations like Autism Speaks and United Way so that they can extend their voices in the community.”

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