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PPRA honors Derrick H. Pitts with 2019 Gold Medal Award

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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