Dear PPRA Members,
It really is a Happy New Year for PPRA!
  • The Honorable Ed Rendell
  • The Phillie Phanatic
  • Sheila Hess
  • Cecily Tynan
  • Matt Cabrey
  • Dan Cirucci
  • Shaina Humphries
  • Paul Kurtz
  • Jason Martinez
  • Jim Rosenfield
  • Ukee Washington
  • Lee Whack
Whew. That's an impressive list, by anyone's estimation. Can you guess what they all have in common? 
All of these honored leaders, newsmakers and PR icons are scheduled to join us on Jan. 16 as we celebrate our 75th Anniversary Jubilee at the Bellevue Hotel.
Our gathering of these toastmasters makes me marvel at the impact and reach of our PPRA Members and our work for the last 75 years, educating, influencing and supporting the growth of our region.  As we reflect on 2019 and become energized for 2020, I want to ask every member to consider how you can recommit yourself to PPRA through our spring programs and special events. 
My thoughts are inspired by two of our icons, Dr. Bill Cowen and Dean David Brown. Bill and David are working on ideas to enhance our year of celebration through recognition of our PRoactive partners and works of community service. January is a great time to consider how you can set a course of service for the new decade.
Also joining us for our special evening next Thursday will be the 2019-20 Board of Directors, additional Hall of Fame members, more Gold Medal winners and of course, we hope, all of you! Please register by Monday so you won't miss this memorable evening!
See you there!

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

Our special guests:
Cecily Tynan, 6ABC | Jim Rosenfield, NBC10 | Paul Kurtz, KYW Newsradio | Lee Whack, Chalkbeat | Dan Cirucci | Shaina Humphries, Fox 29 |  Ukee Washington,  CBS 3 | Matthew Cabrey | Governor Ed Rendell | Phillie Phanatic | Jason Martinez, Fox 29
Thank you to our sponsors! 








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

Send us your photos! We're looking for vintage photos of past PPRA events, or any fun memories you may have from PPRA outings to display at our 75th Jubilee on January 16.
Click here and share!   
The 2020 PPRA Membership & Media Directory includes a comprehensive contact list of PPRA members and a Philadelphia media directory.  Advertising benefits:
  • A link to your website on the PPRA website;
  • Circulation to over 300 industry professionals;
  • A spotlight blog post on the PPRA blog with a link to your website; and
  • Logo in an exclusive PPRA email announcing the launch of the directory with a link to your website
 Click here to download the rate sheet and submission form. 

Deadline is Friday, January 31, 2020.

We're looking for nominees for the 2020 PPRA Hall of Fame! 

Every year we honor the best in the business by inducting a deserving member into the PPRA Hall of Fame.  It's our organization's most prestigious recognition of a PR professional, celebrating their outstanding contributions to the public relations / communications industry, the community, and PPRA.
Hall of Fame nominees should
  • Bring honor, respect, acclaim, and recognition to our industry and our community: 
  • Excel in public relations and community service;
  • Are current, active, and contributing members of PPRA; and,
  • Practice PR or communications in Greater Philadelphia.
To nominate a PPRA member for consideration for induction into the Hall of Fame, please complete the nomination form and send it, along with supporting materials attesting to the candidate's professional excellence, to PPRA, P.O. Box 579 , Moorestown, NJ 08057 or email to
The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. on Friday, January 31, 2020.

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
Carolyn Belardo, from the 
Academy of Natural Sciences 
of Drexel University.

Get to know Caitlan McCafferty, 
Public Relations Account Director
 at Furia Rubel!
Introducing Our PRoactive Partner:
College Possible
PPRA's Philly PRoactive program helps extend the good work of worthy organizations. This year our beneficiary is College Possible Philadelphia, which focuses on one of the most important issues in our region - education. The nonprofit works with high school students from low-income backgrounds to guide them to and through college, starting in their junior year of high school. Ninety percent are first generation college students and thanks to College Possible, are four times more likely to earn a degree than their counterparts. What can you do to help? Read more.
We are excited to be moving forward on our goal of 75 new members in our 75th year! Please bring friends or a colleague to our Gala and invite them to become members. This spring, we will hold a members-only media panel and other unique offerings, so there is no better time than now to join PPRA!
Joanne Calabria has been re-elected to the Executive Committee of Avenue of the Arts, Inc. Board of Directors. She serves as Board Secretary of the nonprofit that oversees the growth and development of Philadelphia's premier culture and entertainment district.

Jesse Cute announced that Allied Global Marketing has been hired to handle publicity, promotions and advertising for Adventure Aquarium in Camden, New Jersey.

Carole Felton (Carole Felton Communications) is especially proud and excited to kick off 2020 with a recent Platinum MarCom Award in recognition of creating and marketing Bryn Mawr Night, in support of local businesses and shopping "small." Other companies in this award category included Cisco Systems, Fidelity Investments, Honda and Viacom.

Garfield Group is excited to introduce Emma McClain to our public relations team this semester as an intern. Emma is currently a senior at Temple University, where she's double majoring in business and public relations, and currently serves as PRSSA chapter president.  
Gloria Hochman will be signing her newest book-Stan Hochman Unfiltered: 50 Years of Wit and Wisdom from the Groundbreaking Sportswriter at Barnes and Noble, Rittenhouse Square Tuesday, January 21 at 7 pm.  Ray Didinger will join her to sign his popular Eagles Encyclopedia.   
For CityWide Stories, Erin Jay wrote two of their top 10 most read articles of 2019.

The Kimmel Center and its culinary partners at Garces were featured on PHL17's morning show, presenting specialty, themed cocktails from Broadway shows on the Kimmel's 2019-20 season. Cocktails featured on-air - with the Kimmel Center's Senior Director of Programming and Presentations Frances Egler and Garces bartender Joe Trabunella in attendance - included The Band's Visit's "Desert Rose"; the Hello, Dolly! "Dolly Levi Libation"; and the Les Misérables "Liberte".
Congratulations to Kimmel Center Cultural Campus PR consultant Carole Morganti for her work generating more press coverage for Philadelphia's engagement of Cirque Dreams: Holidaze than the tour had seen across their 60 markets. Placements included, but were not limited to: 6ABC, NBC10, FOX29, Visit Philly, Philadelphia Style Magazine, Phindie, Instinct Magazine, RowHome Magazine, Chester County Times, and University City Review.

Philabundance was honored to host NBC10 and Telemundo 62 for their holiday promos, which not only wished viewers a happy and healthy holiday season, but also raised awareness of the hunger crisis in our area and encouraged viewers to help. You can view one of the promos HERE.

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!
  • Tom Brubaker, PECO
  • Brittany Connor, URBN - Terrain Cafe and Terrain Events

Your dream career could be a few clicks away. Visit PPRA's Job Bank for more details on the following positions:
  • Public Relations Manager, Adventure Aquarium
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 (