Little Buckeye wins awards

Accepting the awards of behalf of Little Buckeye Children's Museum were Fred Boll, executive director; Shawnda Schneider, operations manager; and Suzanna Roemer, museum manager. (Photo supplied) 

NEWARK, Ohio -- Little Buckeye Children’s Museum of Mansfield was honored Oct. 7  for achievement in marketing and advertising at the Ohio Travel Association’s RUBY Awards presentation.

The awards ceremony was at Cherry Valley Hotel in Newark, Ohio.

Little Buckeye Children’s Museum received first-place RUBY awards in its budget category for its 2020 Richland Gives Digital Campaign and its 2020 Richland Gives Promotional Video.

The local organization also received second-place Certificates of Excellence for their 2020 Annual Report, 2020 Membership Print Advertisement, 2020 Reopening Plan Digital Campaign, and for its Imagination Stations in the “Spirit of Community” category.

Accepting the awards were Fred Boll, executive director; Suzanna Roemer, museum manager; and Shawnda Schneider, operations manager.

Little Buckeye Children's Museum was also a finalist in three additional categories.

Richland County's Kingwood Center Gardens and Destination Mansfield-Richland County were also honored at the conference.

The Ohio Travel Association’s RUBY Awards recognize excellence in Ohio’s hospitality and tourism industry for efforts in advertising, marketing and public relations.

In this year’s competition, the Recognizing Uncommon Brilliance Yearly (RUBY) Awards had 177 entries in 17 categories. The awards, sponsored by Ohio Magazine, were presented during the Ohio Conference on Tourism, the state’s largest conference for tourism industry professionals.

Nine marketing professionals representing academia, consulting firms and ad agencies judged each entry on the basis of concept, results and creativity.

“The competition this year was fierce,” said Melinda Huntley, Ohio Travel Association executive director. “Despite the hardships created by the pandemic, these professionals produced some amazing campaigns and projects that resulted in increased sales for businesses in their communities.”

The Ohio Travel Association is a nonprofit trade association representing travel and tourism-related businesses throughout the state. For more information on OTA, visit


The mission of Little Buckeye Children’s Museum is to provide families and children with the opportunity to learn and discover through the power play. Little Buckeye Children's Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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