FROM THE PRESIDENT
Dear PPRA Members,

It's officially September and our Board of Governors already is off to an amazing year of educational and signature programs.

The start of our PPRA Road Show under VP of Membership Michelle Sonsino to gain new agency and other members with our "Drive for 75" has begun. 

A new partnership for in-kind space at WeWork facilities throughout the City in exchange for web and other sponsor designations has also begun.

Our PRoactive partner, College Possible, has met with two board members to outline ways that we can assist first-generation college students. Look for more volunteer and donation information on our event listings!

We are busy planning all of our educational and signature programming with a fiscally healthy PPRA in mind. It's not too early to save the date for PPRA's 75th Anniversary Gala on Jan. 16 at the Bellevue where it all began! We also can't wait to party under the stars with Gold Medal Winner, Astronomer Derrick Pitts, please sign up as soon as possible.

I look forward to seeing you at our events where our Board strives to make everyone feel welcome.  

Kind regards,

Dierdre C. Hopkins
2019-2020 President
Philadelphia Public Relations Association
BETWEEN YOU & MEDIA


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 John McDevitt, KYW Newsradio General Assignment Reporter and co-host of KYW's "Beer & Booze Broz" podcast! 
UPCOMING EVENTS
STUDIO TOUR AND Q&A AT PHL17
Tuesday, September 17
9:30 - 11:30 a.m. 
PHL17 Studios, 5001 Wynnefield Ave., Philadelphia, PA
Click here to register
 

STUDENT PROGRAM: NETWORKING 101
Tuesday, October 1
5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Slice Communications, 234 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 
   
GOLD MEDAL AWARD DINNER HONORING DERRICK PITTS, HON.D
Tuesday, October 15  
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  
Hamilton Garden, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 300 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA  19102  
Click here to register
Click here to sponsor  
 
MEDIA PANEL: YOUR GUIDE TO WORKING WITH FREELANCERS 
Thursday, October 24
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA
Click here to register 
MEMBER MONDAYS




Member Monday is back, introducing you to colleagues from around the region! Check out our blog to read all about these members you should know.

Meet Ryan Wall, Account Executive at Brian Communications.





Our second Member Monday highlights Lauren Woodward, Public Relations Manager at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts. Read about her on our blog!
#PPRAProud & MEMBER NEWS
Phoebe Resnick of Resnick Communications submitted that Founder/Director Robert Aibel and Co-Director Joshua Aibel invite you to celebrate Moderne Gallery's 35th anniversary and the opening of their exciting new 4700 sq. ft. gallery in Port Richmond. Friday, Sept 27 - Reception 5 to 8 pm. RSVP to info@modernegallery.com/ www.modernegallery.com 

Dr. Bill Cowen
, Hall of Fame member and Past President, has been promoted to Associate Teaching Professor at Villanova University, where he is longtime director of the newly expanded PR, and now Advertising, program.

DuBois Public Relations is pleased to announce its partnership with the Philadelphia Museum of Art fundraising and publicity efforts for their Fall into Art Gala! DuBois Public Relations will announce new sponsors at a later date.

Leslie Patterson Tyler has been promoted to Senior Director of Media Relations and Communications at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts Cultural Campus. In additional to overseeing institutional and programmatic PR as well as social media and content creation, Leslie is also a member of the Center's Diversity and Inclusion committee and will take on additional responsibility in leading those initiatives.
MEDIA MOVES
Meteorologist Katie Fehlinger is leaving CBS3 after 8 years. Her last official day on air will be Sept. 17. No replacements have been named yet.


WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

New faces have joined PPRA. Make sure to say hello if you see them at one of our next events!
  • Brandon Boyer, Ceisler Media & Issue Advocacy
  • Mary Gebbia, Ceisler Media & Issue Advocacy
  • David Huppert, Ceisler Media & Issue Advocacy
  • Carly Cauceglia LePore , AmeriHealth New Jersey
  • Jessica Mahlman , Police and Fire Federal Credit Union
  • Zachary Raczka, AKCG - Public Relations Counselors
  • Chris Richter, JEVS Human Services
  • Lisa Ryan , Philabundance
  • Christine Sibley, Delta Phi Epsilon
  • Brianna Taylor, Garfield Group
  • Nneka Van Gronigen, Vault Communications
  • Carolyn Watson, Vault Communications
JOB BANK

Your dream career could be a few clicks away. Visit PPRA's Job Bank for more details on the following positions:  
  • Public Relations Manager, Allen & Gerritsen 
  • 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 !
BLOGGERS WANTED!

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 at bev@snap2mkt.com.
PPRA CELEBRATES 75 YEARS!

In 1954, PPRA presented its first Gold Medal Award, which has been bestowed 65 times. The last recipient was Meryl Levitz; the next is recipient is Derek Pitts, Hon.D of the Franklin Institute.