The Philadelphia Public Relations Association (PPRA) will honor the Phillie Phanatic with the prestigious 2017 Gold Medal Award on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. at Citizens Bank Park. The PPRA Gold Medal Award honors individuals and organizations whose accomplishments leave a lasting impact on our community and bring national recognition to the city of Philadelphia.
“For the last 40 years, the Phanatic has become one of Philadelphia’s best known icons, entertaining legions of fans as the most beloved and widely-recognized mascot in pro sports,” said PPRA President Adam Dvorin. “Not only is he a fixture at the ballpark throughout the season, he’s committed to community service through the Phanatic About Reading Program and over 700 community appearances a year.”
From his humble beginnings in the Galapagos Islands to becoming a sports icon, the Phanatic has made friends throughout the region and around the world, and a number of those friends will be in attendance at the Gold Medal Luncheon, including:
- Mayor Jim Kenney*, 99th Mayor Philadelphia
- Tom Burgoyne, Best Friend of the Phanatic
- Bill Giles, Chairman Emeritus, Philadelphia Phillies
- Dave Raymond, Emperor of Fun and Entertainment at Raymond Entertainment, University of Delaware & Greater Philadelphia Area (and former ‘Best Friend’ of the Phanatic)
- Ellyn Phillips, President, ALS Association, Greater Philadelphia Chapter
As part of the Gold Medal program, Tree House Books will be accepting book donations for children in need and guests are encouraged to bring a donation. Tree House Books is nonprofit Literacy Center and Giving Library that provides free access to books and literacy programs to children and their families in low-income neighborhoods in Philadelphia. Tree House Books accepts new and like-new book donations of all kinds for children and adults, but they are particularly in need of children’s books, classic books to be read in school, and African-American literature.
Previous recipients of the PPRA Gold Medal Award include Mural Arts Program Director Jane Golden; Mayor Michael Nutter; Chef Jose Garces; Gov. Ed Rendell; Executive Vice President of Comcast, David L. Cohen; University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann, among others.
To register for the 2017 Gold Medal Award luncheon honoring the Phillie Phanatic, visit https://ppra.net/event-2634718. Registration is $69 for PPRA members; $79 for non-members; $690 for a table of 10. Sponsorship opportunities are also available for this event, offering a tremendous opportunity to gain exposure for your business while honoring a fellow public relations professional. Sponsorship levels range from $100-$5,000, and customized packages are available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Mayor Kenney will arrive and speak promptly at 12:05 p.m.
About the Philadelphia Public Relations Association (PPRA)
Founded in 1945, PPRA is the leading association for public relations in the Greater Philadelphia area. With nearly 300 active members representing a diverse cross section of businesses and non-profit organizations—including arts and culture, film and television, education, government, healthcare, law, sports, science and technology, philanthropy, tourism and hospitality, and much more—PPRA is one of the region’s pre-eminent professional development organizations. To learn more about PPRA, visit www.ppra.net.
Contact: Adam Dvorin
President, Philadelphia Public Relations Association