Patch awarded Royal Oak Patch Editor Judy Davids with one of its biggest honors of the year in New York City on Friday morning.
The company named Davids a winner of the "Green Monster" award.
Twice a year, Patch, honors employees for exceptional achievement with a "Green Monster" award. It is given to employees who demonstrate Patch values, achieve their personal goals and make a critical impact on the business. Patch, which is headquarterd in the Big Apple, has 906 Patches and 1,500 employees across the country—from Long Island to Malibu.
Along with a plaque, she earns a $5,000 cash prize.
Ferndale Patch editor Jessica Schrader nominated Davids for the the award.
"Judy really exemplifies everything a Patch editor should be," Schrader wrote in her nomination. "By being extremely connected to her town, she seems to have developed relationships and a level of trust in the community."
Readership has increased on Royal Oak Patch during Davids' leadership of the site.
Davids credited the "vibrant" town of Royal Oak and the accessibility of officials she works with including the mayor, city commission, police chief and school superintendent, for her success.
"I was really humbled by the whole thing. I wish I could have a big party in Royal Oak because so many people bent over backwards to help me," Davids said. "I feel so lucky everyday that Royal Oak is really a cool town to cover. I am excited about the future of Royal Oak Patch."
Michigan Patch Ad Manager Susanne Spruit has earned the PROPS award from the company.