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    • 12 Sep 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Tradesman's, 1322 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19107
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    What is the often-overlooked secret to practicing media relations? Focusing on the relationship part of the equation. Understanding a reporter’s needs can help you mold a story to meet their goals. And sometimes, it is just good to put a face with the name.

    PPRA has assembled a cross-section of Philadelphia’s best journalists for this mix-and-mingle event. Our friendly admission price includes the opportunity to mingle with some of Philadelphia top journalists, light hors d'oeuvres and two tickets for adult beverages.

    Currently committed to appear: 

    • Bethany Ao, The Philadelphia Inquirer
    • Samantha Bambino, Newspaper Media Group
    • Vince DeFruscio, CBS3
    • Stephania Jimenez, NBC10
    • Annette John-Hall, WHYY
    • Emily Neil, Al Dia
    • Ernest Owens, Philadelphia Magazine
    • Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News
    • Bruce Ryan, NBC10/Telemundo 62
    • More to come!
    In addition to meeting top journalists, we will be introducing this year's PRoactive partner, ArtWell. ArtWell was founded in 2000 to respond to the chronic community violence in Philadelphia by introducing a preventive, educational, arts-oriented approach to reach underserved communities and youth facing discrimination, poverty, violence, and the everyday challenges of growing up. Throughout the program year, we will be collecting items to create "ArtWell at Home" kits so students can continue to show their creativity outside of the class room. Necessary items include: unlined notebooks/ sketchbooks, colored pencils, crayons, markets, scissors, glue sticks, watercolor sets and brushes, and construction paper. Take advantage of back to school sales and start our year of giving back strong in September!

    Registration Fees:

    $25 for PPRA Members
    $40 for Non-Members
    Registration fee includes light appetizers and two drink tickets per person. Cash bar available for additional drinks.



    • 20 Sep 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Temple University Center City, 1515 Market Street, Suite 215, Philadelphia, PA 19102
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    Networking is one of the most important aspects of building your brand. PPRA wants to help budding public relations professional put their best foot forward by hosting Networking 101, an introduction and guide to networking.

    This event can event that can open doors to the next step in your career. Networking 101 allows students to ask questions and get answers from professionals that were once in your shoes and are now thriving in their careers.

    The evening will begin with remarks from keynote speaker Ernest Owens, award-winning journalist and editor for Philadelphia Magazine's G Philly and CEO of Ernest Media Empire, LLC. At just 26 years old, Owens has amassed a network, built a brand and will speak on how networking plays a role in his successes.

    Following remarks from Ernest Owens, PPRA Hall of Famers, Past Presidents and members with various PR expertise will be in attendance to provide their tips and tricks for networking, as well as engage with students during the speed networking portion of the event.

    The speed networking portion of the event allows you to put all of the tips given by Ernest Owens and other PPRA members directly into practice. The professionals confirmed for attendance are:

    • Matthew Cabrey, Executive Director of Select Greater Philadelphia and PPRA Hall of Fame Member 
    • Jamila Davis, Public Relations Specialist, Office of Housing and Community Development 
    • Cathy Engel Menendez, PPRA Hall of Fame Member

    Registration Fees:
    Only $20 per person! Includes program and light refreshments!

    Click here to download a printable registration form.
    • 26 Sep 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Brownstein Group, 215 South Broad St., 7th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107
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    Back by popular demand—PPRA is offering Media Pitching Confidential again!

    This is your opportunity to polish your media pitches with the help of seasoned PPRA colleagues, working in small groups and a relaxed, supportive member-to-member environment.

    Bring your media pitches. Let PPRA provide you with new perspectives and ideas from experienced pros.

    Who should come? Anyone who is struggling with an important pitch or who isn’t sure which media outlets to target, or which journalist to pitch at a coveted outlet since the latest round of staff changes.

    Media Pitching Confidential is perfect for new and mid-level professionals, but PR practitioners at all levels are welcome to attend.

    RSVP now! Only 15 spots are available.

    No food or drink will be provided at the event. Attendees are welcome to bring their own.



    • 17 Oct 2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Sofitel Philadelphia, 120 South 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
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    The Philadelphia Public Relations Association proudly presents its 2018 Gold Medal Award to Meryl Levitz.

    At the helm of VISIT PHILADELPHIA since its inception in 1996, President and CEO Meryl Levitz has excelled in building the region’s image, driving visitation and boosting the economy. In fulfilling the mission of the region’s official tourism marketing organization, she has helped change perceptions about Philadelphia as a fun place to visit, built lasting and impactful partnerships and put Philly on people’s must-visit lists.

    Recognized nationally for their tourism marketing work, Levitz and her team have worked hard to entice visitors—a record 43.3 million of them from the U.S. in 2017—to stay overnight during the week, weekend and all year long. They do this through advertising, public relations, web and social media tactics, hotel marketing and research.

    These efforts have grown the regional economy by creating jobs, boosting local businesses and generating tax revenue. In 2017, tourism generated $11.5 billion in economic impact and supported 98,300 jobs for Greater Philadelphia residents.


    SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE

    This year's Gold Medal luncheon offers a tremendous opportunity to gain exposure for your business while honoring a fellow public relations professional. Sponsoring this signature PPRA event will give you visibility among 150+ of Philly's top PR, media, and business influencers at the event.

    Sponsorship levels range from $100-$5,000, and customized packages are available. Click here for sponsorship information.


    Registration Fees:
    $69 for PPRA Members
    $79 for Non-Members
    $690 for a Table of 10



    • 17 Oct 2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Citizens Bank Park, One Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia, PA 19148
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    The 300+ member Philadelphia Public Relations Association (PPRA) is honoring Meryl Levitz with its prestigious 2018 Gold Medal Award on October 17, 2018 at the Sofitel Philadelphia Hotel. The PPRA Gold Medal Award honors individuals and organizations whose accomplishments have left a lasting impact on our community and brought national recognition to Philadelphia.

    At the helm of VISIT PHILADELPHIA since its inception in 1996, President and CEO Meryl Levitz has excelled in building the region’s image, driving visitation and boosting the economy. In fulfilling the mission of the region’s official tourism marketing organization, she has helped change perceptions about Philadelphia as a fun place to visit, built lasting and impactful partnerships and put Philly on people’s must-visit lists.

    Recognized nationally for their tourism marketing work, Levitz and her team have worked hard to entice visitors—a record 43.3 million of them from the U.S. in 2017—to stay overnight during the week, weekend and all year long. They do this through advertising, public relations, web and social media tactics, hotel marketing and research.

    These efforts have grown the regional economy by creating jobs, boosting local businesses and generating tax revenue. In 2017, tourism generated $11.5 billion in economic impact and supported 98,300 jobs for Greater Philadelphia residents.

    This year's Gold Medal luncheon offers a tremendous opportunity to gain exposure for your business while honoring a fellow public relations professional. Sponsoring this signature PPRA event will give you visibility among 150+ of Philly's top PR, media, and business influencers at the event.

    Sponsorship levels range from $100-$5,000, and customized packages are available. Click here for sponsorship information.


Past events

5 Jun 2018 2018 Annual Meeting Celebration
5 Jun 2018 2018 Annual Meeting Sponsorships
24 May 2018 MEMBERS ONLY PROGRAM: "Media Pitching Confidential"
17 May 2018 2018 Hall of Fame Luncheon Sponsorships
17 May 2018 2018 Hall of Fame Luncheon Honoring Bonnie Grant
12 Apr 2018 Happy Hour with PPRA Member Mary Salisbury
10 Apr 2018 Student Program - "Careers 101: From College to Career"
16 Mar 2018 MEMBERS ONLY PROGRAM: Annual NYC Trip
6 Mar 2018 "Channel Chat: Who’s New, What’s Up, How’s it Changing?"
22 Feb 2018 Members Program: Presidents’ Week Mixer & Book Drive
20 Feb 2018 "Crisis Comms Done Right: Experts Share Case Studies on How to Handle the Hot Seat"
1 Feb 2018 Philly Ad Club's Annual Women in Advertising Event
10 Jan 2018 "Philly Loves Food: How to Serve Up Your Client’s Story"
3 Jan 2018 "Holiday Survival Party"
19 Dec 2017 2018 Membership Directory Advertising
8 Dec 2017 "Fresh Inq: New Coverage Areas for Philadelphia’s Largest Media Network"
1 Dec 2017 MEMBERS ONLY PROGRAM: "Season of Giving for Tree House Books"
28 Nov 2017 "#PhillyDelivers: The Regional Effort to Land Amazon HQ2"
16 Nov 2017 Masters Series Program - "Social Media 201: Photography, Influencers, and Advertising"
8 Nov 2017 2017 Gold Medal Award Luncheon Sponsorships
8 Nov 2017 2017 Gold Medal Award Luncheon Honoring the Phillie Phanatic
23 Oct 2017 "Unleash the Hidden Advantages of LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter"
20 Oct 2017 MEMBERS ONLY PROGRAM: "Building and Studio Tour of 6abc"
12 Oct 2017 "Video Made Easy for PR Pros"
4 Oct 2017 MEMBERS ONLY PROGRAM: "Media Pitching Confidential"
28 Sep 2017 "Media Mingle: Meet Philadelphia Journalists at Happy Hour"
25 Sep 2017 Student Program - "Networking 101"
14 Sep 2017 "We've Got an Axe to Throw"

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