Erin Higgins, marketing services director, Creative Marketing Alliance, a Princeton Junction NJ-based AMC, has joined the board of the New Jersey Communications, Advertising and Marketing Association. Higgins will serve as co-chairman of the organization's ASTRA Awards, which honor the best creative strategies and design work by the communications, advertising and marketing community. Details www.njcama.org.
Syma R. Mendelsohn, marketing and communications sr. VP, RCM&D, a Towson MD-based insurance firm with a large association client list, will receive the 2010 Award for Distinguished Achievement from the Direct Marketing Association of Washington DC, the highest honor presented to a member by the organization. The official presentation will take place at the annual Best of Direct event on Dec. 2. Details: www.rcmd.com.
The Chicago chapter of the International Association of Business Communications will provide free advice and support to six Chicago-area nonprofits through IABC's "Gift of Communication" program. The program, which is being offered for the first time in the Chicago area, links charitable organizations in need of strategic or tactical communication advice with communication professionals. The event will take place Dec. 4 at the DePaul U. Chicago Loop campus. The six nonprofits are Cambodian Association of Illinois, Chinese Mutual Aid Association, Organization of the North East, Corazon Community Services, El Hogar del Nino and YMEN (Young Men's Educational Network). Details: chicago.iabc.com.