Honoring WMMR’s Preston and Steve Show with the PPRA Gold Medal Award

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The Preston and Steve Show crew holding up their PPRA Gold Medal Award and posing for a picture with Philadelphia Flyers captain, Claude Giroux.

On Wednesday November 12 in the Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel, PPRA honored WMMR’s Preston and Steve Show with the PPRA Gold Medal Award. Aside from their hilarious jokes and their witty deliverance of talk radio the crew of the Preston and Steve show has demonstrated a positive and influential impact throughout the Philadelphia region since they first appeared on air.

One of their most notable events includes their annual participation with the region’s largest hunger relief organization, Philabundance. In 1988, Preston and Steve recognized the need to emphasize the issue of hunger relief, which affects almost a million people in the Delaware Valley every day. Their goal was to collect at least one ton of food for the hungry. They exceeded that goal. In 2013, approximately 386 tons of food was donated to their Camp Out for Hunger cause from devoted listeners and businesses.

Preston, Steve, Kathy, Casey, Nick and Marisa not only strongly advocate for hunger relief, they also highlight a growing issue within the region which is the lack of blood donations. Every year they hold their annual blood drive reminding listeners that you can save up to three lives by carrying out the small gesture of donating your blood.

Attendees were asked to bring perishable goods to the event to support Preston and Steve's Camp Out for Hunger cause.

Attendees were asked to bring nonperishable goods to the event to support Preston and Steve’s Camp Out for Hunger cause, which begins on Monday, December 1st, 2014.

Well known “media people” showed up to honor the Gold Medal Award recipients and some such as Marc Summers, from “Double Dare,” “Family Double Dare,” and “What Would You Do?” as well as the captain of the Philadelphia Flyers, Claude Giroux, celebrity chef and author, Robert Irvine, WMMR’s very own legendary DJ, Pierre Robert and Preston and Steve’s Program Director, Bill Weston spoke about the group’s energetic attitudes and the ups and downs of working with the sarcastic group.

Congrats Preston and Steve on your well deserved award! We look forward to tuning in as we continue to be astonished by all your hard work and dedication to the Philadelphia community.

Photo Credit: Anthony Sinagoga

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The 2014 Gold Medal Luncheon Is Upon Us

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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!

 

Chef Jose Garces Goes for the Gold…the PPRA Gold Medal Award

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Pictured Left to Right: Bonnie Grant, President, Philadelphia Public Relations Association; Michael Nutter, Mayor of Philadelphia; Chef Jose Garces, Gold Medal Winner; Jack Ferguson, President, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau. (Photo Credit: Christina Cassidy)

On September 25 in the Kimmel Center’s Hamilton Garden, PPRA honored nationally renowned Chef Jose Garces with the prestigious Gold Medal Award. Chef Garces was given this award for his lasting impact on our community and for bringing national recognition to Philadelphia since opening his first restaurant, Amada, in 2005.

An American born to Ecuadorian parents and raised in Chicago, Garces’ culinary training started early in life, in the kitchen of his paternal grandmother, Mamita Amada, where he learned to prepare family recipes and came to love food and cooking. After graduating from Kendall College’s School of Culinary Arts, Garces worked in top-rated professional kitchens from Spain to New York City before moving to Philadelphia in 2001 to make it his home where he lives today.

In 2012, Chef Garces and his wife Dr. Beatriz Garces founded the Garces Foundation, an IRS registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that is committed to ensuring that Philadelphia’s underserved immigrant community has access to medical, educational and nutritional services.

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