The 2014 Gold Medal Luncheon Is Upon Us


The 2014 Gold Medal luncheon is upon us! Have you registered yet?

It’s time for PPRA to give a big “shart out” to WMMR’s Preston and Steve Show. Please mark your calendars for the Gold Medal Luncheon on Wednesday, November 12, 2014. This honor recognizes individuals and organizations whose accomplishments have left a lasting impact on our community and brought national recognition to Philadelphia.

Preston, Steve, Kathy, Casey, Nick, and Marisa are responsible for not only raising awareness for the city’s Philabundance program with their yearly Camp Out for Hunger, but also shedding light on the dire need for blood donations in S.E.P.A. with their annual blood drive. And aside from their huge hearts, they also make our weekday mornings bearable with their hilarious and unique style of talk radio.

This event includes an impressive lineup of speakers. Speakers for the event include Marc Summers, who many of you may remember as the host of “Double Dare,” “Family Double Dare,” and “What Would You Do?” As well as the captain of our beloved Philadelphia Flyers, Calude Giroux, celebrity chef and author, Robert Irvine and WMMR’s very own legendary DJ, Pierre Robert. This is one event you don’t want to miss out on as it presents the opportunity to network with over 200 influential marketing and public relations professionals in the region.  We hope to see you there!


Upcoming PPRA Events


Dedicated PPRA committee members have been working hard to bring you fun and exciting events, featuring some of Philadelphia’s top industry professionals. Register early and join in on the fun. We look forward to seeing you there!

The Event: “A Smile, A Handshake and a Strategy: Face-to-face networking skills that take you beyond the keyboard.”

Straighten your tie and put on your best blazer. This event is all about good old-fashioned face-to-face networking. Because a simple acceptance of a LinkedIn request doesn’t always cut it.

Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014
Time: 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Registration and Networking
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch and Program
Location: Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia 1800 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19103
Register here!

The Event: “In the Tasting Room with Brian”

Looking to learn about bourbon? Then learn from expert Brian Bevilacqua, our Bourbon Master, who will pair three bourbons with three local cheeses and an assortment of charcuterie and introduce you to the flavors of bourbon as only an experienced pallet can.

Date: Thursday, October 9, 2014
Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: Bank & Bourbon (inside the Loews Hotel) 1200 Market Street Philadelphia,PA 19107
Register here!

3 Stories You Should Be Following Right Now

As someone working in the communications industry, a big part of your job is knowing what is going on in the world. You need to keep tabs on your clients’ competitors, happenings in the local news and more. No matter who you work for, these three stories could have an effect on you.

1. The Government Shutdown

Last week, the federal government of the United States began a partial shut down – something that hasn’t happened in nearly two decades. While not all parts of the federal government have come to a screeching halt, there are services that have been temporarily stopped, parks and buildings that have been closed, and hundreds of thousands of workers who have been furloughed.

Whether you (or your clients) are directly connected to the federal government or not, this  is impacting you. As long as the shutdown continues, it will dominate the national media conversation. Even on the local level, the government shutdown will make it more difficult for you to get a story placed.

2. The End of Unpaid Internships?

During the summer of 2013, unpaid internships came under serious fire. Numerous class action lawsuits were filed by unpaid interns against major companies such as Condé Nast Publications, Warner Music Group, Atlantic Recording, Gawker Media, Fox Entertainment Group, NBC Universal, Viacom, Sony, Universal Music Group, Bad Boy Entertainment, and Donna Karan.

In June, a New York Federal Court found that Fox Searchlight’s unpaid interns were “employees” subject to the minimum wage and overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act, even though they were receiving academic credit for the internship. The recent increase in cases (and the publicity surrounding them) show that hiring unpaid interns can be a real risk. Additionally, if employers become more hesitant to hire unpaid interns based on these lawsuits, then students will find themselves with fewer opportunities to gain on-the-job experience.

3. Miley Cyrus

Yes, you read that right. For months the former Disney star has been creeping into the subconscious of every American. Between her new singles, outrageous performances and countless interviews, Miley is everywhere.

You may not think Miley is important or even relevant, but she has certainly captured the world’s attention. She is on the cover of several magazines, she’s hosting Saturday Night Live, she has a new MTV documentary, and she trends on Twitter pretty regularly. Lately Miley has gotten more air time and column inches than anyone else in the entertainment industry. In fact, she has managed to overshadow many serious news stories as well. The media’s recent obsession with all things Miley serves as an interesting window into the current state of pop culture in our country, so use this window to help develop some of your own entertainment-related pitches.

This post was written by PPRA Blog Chair Lauren Cox. Lauren is a Public Relations Specialist in the Office of the CIty Representative, where she works on the City’s major events like the Wawa Welcome America! Festival and the Philadelphia Marathon. Connect with her on Twitter or LinkedIn.