Strong Financial took home the "Star Award," for Overall Communications Effort, considered the event’s most prestigious prize, even as the firm is mired in the heart of the worst scandal in the history of the fund industry. Strong’s showing was not weak, as it won first-place among large companies in five other categories. TIAA-CREF Mutual Funds was the most frequent winner out of the small companies, while Ariel held the distinction among medium-sized companies.

Fidelity Investments won the inaugural Mutual Fund Education Alliance Community Investment Award, given to the organization with the most outstanding civic contributions, at the seventh annual STAR Awards banquet held Thursday in Chicago.

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