Dear PPRA Members,

Happy Holidays!
On behalf of the Board of Governors, I would like to wish everyone a joyous holiday season. An all-star committee is planning our signature event of the year, the PPRA 75th Anniversary Jubilee! We have Hall of Famers, newly involved members, and board members all working to ensure our Jan. 16 is a celebration to remember at the Bellevue.
PR icons from our membership will be joined by three special guests to toast PPRA's 75th year, Cecily Tynan of 6abc, Paul Kurtz of KYW and Jim Rosenfield of NBC10. Stay tuned for more toasters who will stop by to salute PPRA as we enter the next decade.
Dance music, h ors d'oeuvres , an open bar with a bubbly specialty cocktail, "The 75," and friends are all part of this experience that you won't want to miss! 
Here are three ways that every member can support this special Jubilee:  
  1. Buy a ticket for yourself and a friend--register here
  2. Ask your company to be a sponsor (All the info is here!)
  3. Buy a digital ad to express your love for PPRA!
In addition to the Jubilee, Vice President of Programs Kellsey Turner is curating ideas for our spring programming. Our fall educational lineup has been nothing less than stellar - as well as profitable.
I want to send the warmest thoughts for a wonderful holiday season to all of you and wish every PPRA member and prospective member all the hope, wonder, and joy that this season can bring!
Yours in service,

Deirdre C. Hopkins
2019-2020 President 
Philadelphia Public Relations Association
Did you know that PPRA was founded in 1945 and is one of the oldest, largest, 
private public relations associations in the country?  Come celebrate 75 years on 
January 16, 2020 where it all started - The Bellevue!

Special guests include:
     Cecily Tynan, 6ABC  |    Jim Rosenfield, NBC10  |   Paul Kurtz, KYW Newsradio
Thank you to our sponsors! 
(As of 12/13/19) 

Yes, YOU! 
Share Your Successes,
Share Your Memories for our Jan. 16 Event

Whether you've been a PR pro for a few years, or many decades, you have proud moments and accomplishments that have contributed to our amazing PR scene. For our 75th Jubilee on January 16, 2020, we're looking for memories that highlight your career and/or your membership in PPRA. Click here and share!   
On December 3, PPRA presented 
"More Than a Spokesperson: Using Thought Leaders to Drive Business Goals" at 
Seer Interactive where executives shared how they established credibility and achieved goals for their companies. The outstanding panel included  Susan Buehler ( Chief Communications Officer, PJM Interconnection),  Sandy Clark ( VP, News and Civic Dialogue, WHYY),  Jonathan Gust (Executive Director, Media Relations, Villanova University),  John Miller ( President, Scribewise), and  Rakia Reynolds ( Founder and CEO, Skai Blue Media). 
"Marketing Your Brand in the Age of Influencers" took place November 19 at WeWork. Panelists discussed how they sought out influencers and led successful campaigns with them. Our speakers:   Michelle Conron (Senior Director of Integrated Marketing & Operations, Cashman & Associates),  Brie Genovese (Director of Digital Strategy, Vault Communications),  Alyssa Gentile ( Marketing Manager, Philadelphia Union) and  Matthew Smith (Social Media Specialist, Visit Philadelphia).

PPRA's new blog  "Between You & MEdia,"  offers insight, tips and tricks, and fun facts learned from members of the media through our informal interviews with them.
This month, read all about Kelsey Fabian, 
a morning reporter for PHL17!

Meet your colleagues 
from around the region! 
Check out our Member Monday blog 
and read all about 
these professionals you should know.

Get to know
Dan Cirucci, founder and editor of The Dan Cirucci Blog and PPRA Hall of Famer.

Also this month, get to know
Marketing & Communications Manager 
Shriners Hospitals for Children - Philadelphia.
Jim DeLorenzo , principal at Jim DeLorenzo Public Relations, has started the second season of his RVNTV digital streaming video show, "Press Conference with Jim DeLorenzo." DeLorenzo interviews local, regional and national business leaders and authors on his half-hour show; recent guests have included Provident Bank President Bud Miller, author Dr. Soma Mandal, and film & TV producer Suzanne Curry. The show can be seen each Monday at 3 p.m. at
Gregg Feistman was interviewed on the Public Relations Review podcast on reputation management.

Sharla Feldscher and Hope Horwitz, of Feldscher Horwitz Public Relations (FHPR) have had their contract extended with PHL 17 TV as numbers are rising on the new "Morning News" from 5 to 9 a.m. Remember, they are helping book guests so send your ideas to them for interviews on the set or on location. They are coordinating new features like "What's Happening in PHL" to focus on all the great things going on in our area and also "PHL 17 in Your Neighborhood" to showcase towns throughout the area. Let them know your ideas! Contact: and 

Gloria Hochman's 6th book, Stan Hochman Unfiltered:  50 Years of Wit and Wisdom from the Groundbreaking Sportswriter hits the stores in mid-December in time for holiday gift-giving.  It includes Stan's memorable columns on baseball, basketball, football, hockey, horse racing, boxing, even Elizabeth Taylor. Intros are by Governor Edward Rendell, Angelo Cataldi, Ray Didinger, Garry Maddox, Bernie Parent, among others.

Erin Jay of Flynn Media wrote several pieces for CityWide Stories last month, including a Q&A with India Abbott, an artist-in-residence at Cherry Street Pier and coverage of Land Use Debate in South Philly and A New Grant Aims to Address Philadelphia's Maternal Mortality Rate

Nina Rodebaugh, communications manager at Spectra and immediate past president of the PPRA board, secured several local press hits about an exciting project she is working on in collaboration with Bravo. Top Chef Quickfire Philadelphia will open at The Concourse at The Comcast Center in January. The announcement about the new eatery was featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Business Journal, Eater, Philly Voice and more.
Volunteer at the 2020 Philadelphia Flower Show! The "Riviera Holiday" themed show will take place Feb. 29 - Mar. 8 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. If you are interested in signing up for a 3-hour shift, please complete the volunteer form and email it to David Cheng at by February 7, 2020.

New faces have joined PPRA. Make sure to say hello if you see them at one of our next events!
  • Ronica Cleary, Cleary Strategies, LLC
  • Allison Krumm, Independence Blue Cross
  • Raymond Smeriglio, Saxbys

Your dream career could be a few clicks away. Visit PPRA's Job Bank for more details on the following positions:  
  • Public Relations Specialist, City of Philadelphia
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 !

PPRA's Blog Committee is looking for volunteer writers for our "Between You and the MEdia," event coverage, and topical blog posts throughout the year. This is a great and easy way to get involved with PPRA - in 600 words or less. If interested in volunteering - even for just one post - email Bev Volpe (