Dear PPRA Members,

Welcome to a new year that promises to be a milestone for engaged members of PPRA! It is my honor to serve as your 41st President. 
We are launching our 75th Anniversary year with an amazing event. The Philadelphia City Council will honor our organization with a special resolution in late September. We hope to have a strong contingent of PPRA members at Council, embracing all our 
generations of practitioners.
Immediate President Nina Scimenes and 2017 - 2018 President Adam Dvorin are planning a mid-January Anniversary gala to celebrate our accomplishments. Please reach out to them if you want to volunteer.
Speaking of Nina, I want to embrace her for all the great work of the last year. Please thank her for a decade of dedication. Nina and longtime member Joanne Calabria also led PPRA's tribute to photographer Robert Mendelsohn after his sudden passing. He will be missed as a supportive friend to many PPRA members.
I'm proud to welcome  College Possible as our PRoactive Partner. We are working on volunteer opportunities to engage with this organization, which assists first-generation college students with placements.
The Board of Governors completed its summer retreat and left with a clear blueprint focusing on capturing former and new members in the  "Drive for 75," and practicing conservative financial management.  VP Membership Michelle Sonsino will help take us on the road to meet potential agency members as part of this goal.

We read your survey responses and are focused on more educational programming. Here are some  in the works, organized by VP Programs Kellsey Turner, Member Hope Horwitz, and VP External Affairs Jaime Martorana:
  • Sept. TBD -- PHL 17 Studio Tour
  • Sept. 24 -- Media Mingle
  • Oct. TBD -- Gold Medal ceremony with Derek Pitts
  • Oct. 1 -- A revamped Networking 101
  • Oct. 24 -- Freelancers Media Panel
  • Oct. 30 -- Pitch Perfect
I'll continue to give monthly updates on board members' projects. The first: President-Elect London Faust has organized information about all board positions, a project started with Nina that will shorten the transitional time for future boards. 
It's the best year ever to join your friends at PPRA!

Dierdre C. Hopkins
2019-2020 President
Philadelphia Public Relations Association

PPRA celebrated the 2019 Annual Meeting Celebration on June 13 with special guest speakers the Honorable James F. Kenney, the 99th mayor of Philadelphia, and Rosemary ConnorsEmmy Award-wining anchor and reporter for NBC10 News.

PPRA introduces a new blog series, "Between You & MEdia," where you can find insight, tips and tricks, and fun facts learned from members of the media through informal interviews.

Read this month's post featuring Alfred Lubrano, poverty beat writer for
The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Media Panel: Your Guide to Working with Freelancers

Thursday, October 24, 2019  8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA
Click here to register 

Member Monday is back! Check out our blog and read about PPRA VP of Membership,  Michelle Sonsino, Director of Communications & Marketing at Germantown Friends School.
FHPR  was proud to announce that the Classic Car Trust selected ONE car collection in the world as the very best and it's right here at The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum! Mayor Kenney said, "Having the Simeone Collection brings us tremendous pride." (With appreciation to PR Pros Sheila Hess, Randy Giancaterino and Lauren Cox in City Hall for helping us secure the Mayor's comment.)

Michael Kleiner, owner of Michael Kleiner Public Relations and Web Design,  handled the PR, website and managed the campaign of a City Commissioner candidate, who ran in the May primary. Kleiner also wrote and secured a recent placement in The Norwegian American publication after being invited to attend the American Independence Day celebration in Oslo.

Brianna Rooney  was promoted to Senior Account Executive at Maven Communications.

Rachel Zatcoff, Media Relations Specialist at Vault Communications, successfully executed a media frenzy with client Adventure Aquarium. The brand-new baby shark exhibit and kickoff to the 2nd Annual Shark Summer were featured on all four local affiliates, Metro Philly, PhillyVoice and more! You can say it's been a 'fin' time promoting this incredible attraction.

Bev Volpe, partner at Snap2 Marketing/PR told the story of two immigrant families who achieved the American dream with new homes built by client Habitat MontDelco. John McDevitt of KYW Newsradio and Gary Puleo of the Times Herald did features, 6ABC and NBC10 covered, and a Generocity story is in the works.
Multiple Emmy winner, 2016 Broadcast Pioneer Hall of Fame inductee, PABJ's 2013 Journalist of the Year and long-time NBC10 reporter  Monique Braxton has joined CBS3 as interim News Managing Editor.

Beccah Hendrickson, who was previously at WGAL has just joined the 6ABC family as its newest community journalist.

The Museum of the American Revolution was featured June 30 on CBS Sunday Morning for its "nuanced, warts and all version" of the American Revolution, and the New York Times on July 2 for a journal that revealed new details about Deborah Sampson, who dressed as a man to fight in the Continental Army. It was also featured as a video clue on Jeopardy! on June 26.

New faces have joined PPRA. Make sure to say hello if you see them at one of our next events!
  • Andrea Carter, City Year Philadelphia
  • Daniel Davis, Visit Philadelphia
  • Steven Giannino, Delta Phi Epsilon
  • Alyssa Martelli, Flagger Force Traffic Control Services
  • Dawn Roberts, Temple University
  • Arturo Varela, Visit Philadelphia
  • Kysha Woods, Keitt Media Agency

Your dream career could be a few clicks away. Visit PPRA's Job Bank for more details on the following positions:  
  • Communications Coordinator, The Philadelphia Orchestra 
  • Director of Communications, HumanGood/Presby's Inspired Life
  • Manager of Public Relations, American Association for Cancer Research
  • Director of External Affairs, Healthspark Foundation
  • Communications Manager, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society 
Have a job you want to promote in the Job Bank to reach over 300 PR professionals in the area?  Click here to post your job !

Founded in 1945, PPRA is one of the oldest, largest private public relations associations in the country. The organization has launched "Drive for 75" its membership campaign leading to the 75th anniversary.