Charlotte City Magazine : Best of the Best (BOB) Awards

South by South Africa ( a multi faceted international collaborative between 10 Charlotte institutions and funded by the South African Department of Arts and Culture and the James S. and John L. Knight Foundation. Dianne was the Charlotte Project Manager and managed all aspects of the collaboration, both from a day-to-day management and communications perspective.

This project recently won two awards from the Best of the Best (BOB) Awards from Charlotte magazine for "Best Cultural Collaboration" and "Best Exhibit at the Light Factory" and enjoyed much success with all the following participating organizations:

  • Levine Museum of the New South
  • Afro-American Cultural Center
  • Charlotte Symphony
  • Moving Poets Theater of Dance
  • NC Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
  • Opera Carolina, Public Library of Charlotte Mecklenburg County
  • The Light Factory and Winthrop University Galleries
  • Arts and Science Council of Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

Out of these activities other ad hoc marketing clients grew which include : American Home Mortgage, the Metrolina Real Estate Investors Association, Vinnovative Imports, The Clair Team at ReMAX Executive Realty, Community Building Initiative and entrepreneurial group 'The Chairwomen.'

Public Relations Institute of South Africa (PRISA) Long Service Award

Just prior to leaving South Africa in 2001, Dianne (her professional name in SA is Dyan Ennis) was awarded a Long Service Award from the Public Relations Institute of Southern Africa for 10 years of volunteer service to the organization.