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  • Tuesday, September 01, 2020 3:18 PM | Anonymous

    Contact:
    Dan McCunney, VP of Communications
    Philadelphia Public Relations Association
    484-832-6233
    Danielmc1@pcom.edu

    For Immediate Release:

    The Philadelphia Public Relations Association (PPRA), the premier organization for communications professionals in the Greater Philadelphia area, has named London Faust as president for the 2020-2021 program year. The organization also announced the incoming members of the Board of Governors and the appointment of a new management company.

    “What makes this region so amazing are the incredible stories to be found. The PR community in Philadelphia is made up of some of the best storytellers around, and I can’t wait to lead such an amazingly talented group through another exciting program year,” said incoming President London Faust. “My goals for the year include streamlining our internal processes, expanding the topics covered by our programming, furthering our diversity and inclusion practices, renewing a focus on mentorship, and fostering a more collaborative relationship between the PPRA board and its membership.”

    Newly-inducted members of the PPRA Board include:

    London Faust assumes the role of PPRA President. London is digital media manager at Bellevue Communications Group. Faust is a graduate of Temple University.

    Michelle Sonsino has been inducted as President-Elect. Sonsino is director of communications and marketing for Germantown Friends School. She is a graduate of Boston College and the University of Pennsylvania.

    Dan McCunney will serve as Vice President for Communications. McCunney is associate director, news & media relations at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is a graduate of Temple University.

    Hope Horwitz has been elected Vice President for External Affairs. Horwitz is vice president/partner at Feldscher Horwitz Public Relations and is a graduate of the University of Delaware.

    Kellsey Turner has been named Vice President for Membership. Turner is an account manager at Vault Communications and is a graduate of LaSalle University.

    Jen Micklow will assume the role of Vice President for Programs. Micklow is account director at Brownstein Group and a graduate of Rowan University.

    Lauren Woodard will serve as Treasurer. Woodard is public relations manager for the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and a graduate of Penn State University.

    Ryan Wall has been named Secretary. Wall is an account executive at Brian Communications and a graduate of LaSalle University.

    Serving as Board Directors at Large:

    • Susan Buehler
    • Hope Corse
    • Melissa Fordyce
    • Jaime Martorana

    Serving as past presidential advisors

    • Deirdre Hopkins (immediate past president and chair)
    • Adam Dvorin
    • Jeff Jubelirer
    • Chris Lukach

    In addition to the board appointments, PPRA also named Civic Capital Consulting as the group’s new management firm. Civic Capital is a Philadelphia-based firm that works to create strategic philanthropic partnerships between organizations and the communities they serve to generate a collective impact.

    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.

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  • Thursday, April 23, 2020 11:00 AM | PPRA

    All current PPRA members are invited to nominate candidates for officer positions on PPRA's 2020-2021 Board of Directors. Any member in good standing is eligible for nomination and election to any elective office. It is preferable that all nominees have previously served on the Board of Directors for at least one term. Deadline for nominations is Friday, May 22, 2020. Please click here to download the nomination form.

  • Wednesday, January 01, 2020 10:50 AM | PPRA

    WHAT: The story makers tell their story. PR folks are the behind-the-scenes drivers of news ideas and foster the reputations of our region and its businesses. One of the nation’s largest independent PR organizations looks ahead to the future while celebrating the past 75 years at the place where it all started: the Bellevue. Members of the media, as well as Philadelphia’s change-makers, industry influencers, and friends of the organization will gather for an evening reception to celebrate.

    The “75th Anniversary Jubilee” will feature a guest toast by Monica Cryan, PHL17, Shaina Humphries, Fox29; Paul Kurtz, KYW Newsradio; Jason Martinez, Fox 29; Governor Ed Rendell; Jim Rosenfield, NBC10; Cecily Tynan, 6ABC; Ukee Washington, CBS3; Lee Whack, Chalkbeat; the Phillie Phanatic; and more.

    WHERE: The Rose Garden Ballroom at the Bellevue

    200 S. Broad St.

    Philadelphia, PA 19102

    WHEN: Thursday, January 16, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

    6 pm Live fashion sketches by Denise Fike

    7:30 pm Media toast and Phillie Phanatic fun!

    DETAILS:

    PPRA milestones include:

    • Founded in 1945, PPRA is one of the oldest, largest private public relations associations in the country.
    • In 1954, PPRA presented its first Gold Medal Award, which has been bestowed 65 times.
    • In 1972, the first Hall of Fame inductee was honored. Since then, 45 people have been inducted.
    • In 2002, PPRA added the Fast Track Awards and Dr. Jean Brodey Student Achievement Awards. Since then, 18 people have received the Brodey Award and the Fast Track Award.
    • In 2009, PRoactive Philly was launched to create a way that further enrich the community by offering pro-bono work.
    • In 2019, the organization launched “Drive for 75” its membership campaign leading to the 75th Anniversary Jubilee.

    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.

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  • Tuesday, October 01, 2019 10:48 AM | PPRA

    WHAT: The Philadelphia Public Relations Association (PPRA) will honor Derrick H. Pitts, Chief Astronomer and Director of the Fels Planetarium at The Franklin Institute, with the annual PPRA Gold Medal Award, at the first signature event of PPRA’s 75th year.

    The PPRA Gold Medal Award honors individuals and organizations whose accomplishments leave a lasting impact on the community and bring national recognition to the city of Philadelphia.

    “An Evening Under the Stars” will feature guest speakers including Dr. Darryl N. Williams, Senior Vice President of Science and Education at The Franklin Institute; Ukee Washington, Co-Anchor at CBS3 Philly; Monica Cryan, Morning News Meteorologist at PHL17; and more.

    WHERE: Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

    Hamilton Rooftop Garden

    300 S. Broad St.

    Philadelphia, PA 19102

    WHEN: Tuesday, October 15, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

    (Program begins promptly at 6:45 PM)

    DETAILS: For many Philadelphians, Pitts is The Franklin Institute. Since 1978, he has been teaching us to look up and to wonder about what we see in the cosmos. Pitts’ planetarium shows have been viewed by millions around the world. He serves as a scientific consultant to many organizations and is a go-to resource for national print and broadcast media. Pitts has also hosted award-winning radio shows and created television programming for PBS. Read more about his career on The Franklin Institute’s website.

    Previous recipients of the Gold Medal Award include: Meryl Levitz, the Philadelphia Phanatic, Mural Arts Program Director Jane Golden, Mayor Michael Nutter, Chef Jose Garces, Gov. Ed Rendell, Executive Vice President of Comcast David L. Cohen, and University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann.

    Speakers include:

    • Monica Cryan, Morning News Meteorologist at PHL17
    • Crystal Brewe, Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing & Communications at the Kimmel Center Cultural Campus
    • Dr. Darryl N. Williams, Senior Vice President of Science and Education at The Franklin Institute
    • David Heller, formerly of The Franklin Institute; President and CEO of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation; Host at WHYY-FM
    • Ukee Washington, Co-Anchor at CBS3 Philly

    For more information, visit ppra.net/events.

    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.

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  • Friday, June 07, 2019 9:01 AM | PPRA

    The Philadelphia Public Relations Association (PPRA) and the Philadelphia Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA Philadelphia) are pledging their commitment to diversity and inclusion formally, publicly and together. The organizations believe cultivating a diverse and inclusive environment is a long-term commitment to the future of the public relations profession.

    Diversity is a broad concept that includes race, ethnicity, gender, religion/beliefs, age, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity, marital status, veteran status, parental status, socioeconomic status, professional background and other unique attributes.

    "As a leading professional organization, PRSA Philadelphia has the responsibility to make sure that we reflect our diverse membership and create opportunities for all to be involved," said Martha A. Gaston, APR, PRSA Philadelphia President. "We are pleased to partner with PPRA on this important Diversity and Inclusion Commitment to the public relations and communications community in the Philadelphia region."

    "Being more inclusive is something that is important to the Philadelphia Public Relations Association and our members," said Nina Scimenes, PPRA President. “We are proud to have worked hand-in-hand with PRSA to solidify this commitment and put it into action through the programs and services we offer.”

    Inclusion is the harnessing of diversity so everyone is valued and has the opportunity to fully participate and succeed in the profession.

    The board members of both PRSA Philadelphia and PPRA will pursue diverse and inclusive environments for programs and special events.

    As of June 1, each organization commits to the following goals when planning programs and special events, executing membership recruitment and retention campaigns, creating communications materials and beyond:

    • Venues - Securing space that is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, accessible via public transportation and is welcoming to all people.
    • Speakers - When securing speakers for programs or special events - especially for roundtable or panel discussions featuring multiple people - be sure to keep in mind a healthy balance of diversity.
    • Menus - Will take dietary restrictions into consideration when planning event menus and will provide attendees an opportunity to make a special request when registering for an event or program.
    • Communications - When creating messaging on behalf of the organization - from social media posts to newsletters to news releases - be mindful of using language and images that are culturally sensitive and appropriate.

    Moving forward, each association will continuously strive to be as inclusive as possible by weaving diversity into the fabric of its day-to-day operations.

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    About the Philadelphia Public Relations Association (PPRA):

    Founded in 1945, PPRA is the premier association for public relations professionals in the Greater Philadelphia area. With nearly 345 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.

    About the Philadelphia Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA Philadelphia):

    The Philadelphia Chapter is the fifth largest chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. We provide opportunities for professional development, mentoring, networking and continuous learning in all strategic communication disciplines to 430 members across Greater Philadelphia.

    PRSA Philadelphia supports PR and communications professionals in all stages of their career and offers a myriad of resources, including the region’s preeminent PR job bank, the exclusive opportunity to earn the APR professional accreditation, professional development and networking events, and volunteer opportunities. To learn more about PRSA Philadelphia, visit www.philly.org.

    Contacts:

    Meredith Z. Avakian
    Past President Appointment, PPRA
    Diversity & Inclusion Initiative
    meredith@boardwalkpr.com

    Renee Cree
    Chair, PRSA Philadelphia
    Diversity & Inclusion Committee
    Diversity@Philly.org


  • Friday, May 31, 2019 2:32 PM | PPRA

    Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and NBC10’s Rosemary Connors
    are scheduled to salute the organization.

    PHILADELPHIA, PA -- The Philadelphia Public Relations Association (PPRA) will kick-off its 75th anniversary year as the premier organization for communications professionals in the Greater Philadelphia area at its Annual Meeting Celebration on Thursday, June 13, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. at MakeOffices, 1635 Market Street, Suite #1600. The event will highlight milestones in the organization’s history and look ahead to an even more promising future.

    Rosemary Connors, Emmy award-winning anchor and reporter for NBC10 Philadelphia, will serve as keynote speaker for the event. Connors will discuss the relationship between journalists and PR professionals and how the two can better work together to empower communities. Connors is the third generation of women in her family to report the news in Philadelphia and will share some of the stories that have shaped her career. Special guest Mayor Jim Kenney, 99th mayor of Philadelphia, will welcome guests and discuss how public relations practitioners help city communications.

    The Annual Meeting will also feature a salute to outgoing President Nina Scimenes, the induction of the 2019-2020 Board of Governors, and the winners of the 2019 Fast Track and Dr. Jean Brodey Achievement awards. Deirdre Hopkins, director of public relations at VISIT PHILADELPHIA®, will be installed as president.

    “For the last 75 years, PPRA has been the premier organization for PR professionals across the Delaware Valley, and what better way to honor such an accomplishment than with a party fit for 75,” said PPRA President-elect Deirdre Hopkins. “We’re excited to celebrate our history, introduce a new administration, and welcome Keynote Speaker Rosemary Connors.”

    In addition to the Annual Meeting, the 2019-20 PPRA program year will include special events and programs to commemorate 75 years as the premier organization for communications professionals in the Delaware Valley.

    Tickets are available online at ppra.net and are $55 for PPRA Members; $70 for Non-Members; $45 for Students. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Sponsorship levels range from $500-$2,500 and customized packages are available by contacting info@ppra.net.

    With nearly 300 members, PPRA is the premier organization for communications professionals in the Greater Philadelphia area. Since 1945, PPRA has engaged with the region’s decision makers, advocated on issues impacting the profession, and celebrated the influencers and ideas that make our region great.

    About the Philadelphia Public Relations Association (PPRA)

    Founded in 1945, PPRA is the premier association for public relations professionals in the Greater Philadelphia area. With nearly 300 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 ppra.net.


  • Monday, April 15, 2019 2:29 PM | PPRA

    All current PPRA members are invited to nominate candidates for officer positions on PPRA's 2019-2020 Board of Directors.  All 2018-19 Officers & Committee Chairpersons are eligible for these positions, as well as PPRA members who have served as Officers or Committee Chairs in the past.  Deadline for nominations is Friday, May 3, 2019.  Please click here to download the nomination form.


  • Friday, February 01, 2019 4:11 PM | PPRA

    The Philadelphia Public Relations Association (PPRA) will induct Gregg Feistman, assistant chair for public relations and associate professor of practice at Temple University, into the PPRA Hall of Fame at a luncheon this May.

    The PPRA Hall of Fame recognizes public relations professionals whose accomplishments have brought honor and recognition to the profession. The Award is the Philadelphia region’s most prestigious recognition of a public relations professional for his or her superior contributions to the industry, the community, and PPRA.

    Feistman directs Temple’s PR major, has expanded the program, and mentored many students who are now leaders in the local communications field. His expertise includes reputation management, strategic communications planning, corporate sponsorship, crisis communications, media relations, and organizational communication. Feistman is also the faculty advisor for both Temple’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America, (PRSSA) currently celebrating its 50th Anniversary and PRowl Public Relations, Temple’s nationally affiliated, student-run PR firm.

    He was previously vice president and director of public relations for ING DIRECT, public relations manager for Pep Boys, and assistant vice president for corporate public relations at CoreStates Financial Corp. He has also served as a strategic consultant for Rohm and Haas, The Philadelphia Human Resources Professionals Society, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.

    A long-standing member of PPRA, Feistman has served on the Public Affairs Committee, the Nominations Committee, and most recently co-chaired the PPRA Mentoring Committee, where he helped restructure programming and orientations for new mentees.

    “I feel incredibly humbled to be recognized by my peers with the prestigious PPRA Hall of Fame Award,” said Feistman. “It’s truly an honor to be included among so many icons of the Public Relations industry in Philadelphia – many of whom I’ve admired throughout my career.”

    "Philadelphia Public Relations Association is proud to recognize Gregg Feistman as the 2019 Hall of Fame inductee. Over the years he has been tremendously supportive of PPRA and encourages his students at Temple University to get involved and make connections," said Nina Scimenes, Communications Manager at Spectra and President of PPRA

    With more than 35 years of business and PR experience, Feistman’s accomplishments are noteworthy. He received Temple’s Outstanding Faculty Service Award in 2014, the Klein College of Media and Communications’ Faculty Award for Service in 2012, and an Outstanding Service Award from the Department of Strategic Communication in 2011. In 2010, he received PRSA’s prestigious Anthony J. Fulginiti Award for Commitment to PR Education. He was a board member of the Philadelphia Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and is a multiple recipient of the organization’s Pepperpot and Drumbeater awards.

    Previous Hall of Fame recipients are a virtual “who’s who” of Philadelphia public relations professionals. A complete list of members may be found at ppra.net/PPRA-Hall-of-Fame-Recipients.

    About the Philadelphia Public Relations Association (PPRA)

    Founded in 1945, PPRA is the premier association for public relations professionals in the Greater Philadelphia area. With nearly 345 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.


  • Friday, January 25, 2019 3:11 PM | PPRA

    The Philadelphia Flower Show is looking for volunteers for the Media Tent at the 2019 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show.  Please click here to download the volunteer form.

  • Friday, January 04, 2019 2:15 PM | PPRA

    PPRA is now accepting advertisers for our 2019 Membership & Media Directory.  The directory includes a comprehensive list of PPRA members and a Philadelphia media directory.  Click here to download the rate sheet.

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