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FPRA Holiday Mixer

Dec 19 5:30 pm - Emerald Republic Brewing, 1414 W Government St, Pensacola, FL 32502

Join us for a special FPRA Holiday Mixer event at the new Emerald Republic Brewing. Come and celebrate with your peers and #NetConnect with professionals in the industry over a couple of cool craft beers!

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NetConnect Coffee at Bon Beans

Dec 09 7:00 am - Bon Beans, 875 E 9 Mile Rd #3, Pensacola, FL 32514

 Join us the first Thursday of every month from 7-8:30 a.m. for #NetConnect Coffee. We look forward to seeing you on Thurs., Jan. 9 at Bon Beans at 875 E 9 Mile Rd #3, Pensacola, FL 32514.

No need to RSVP! Drop in between 7-8:30 a.m. to enjoy some delicious coffee and connect with PR pros in our area before heading in to work.

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NetConnect Coffee at Bodacious Brew

Dec 05 7:00 am - Bodacious Brew, 407 S Palafox St C, Pensacola, FL 32502

Join us the first Thursday of every month from 7-8:30 a.m. for #NetConnect Coffee. Join us on Thurs., Dec. 5 at Bodacious Brew at 407 S Palafox St C, Pensacola, FL 32502.

No need to RSVP! Drop in between 7-8:30 a.m. to enjoy some delicious coffee and connect with PR pros in our area before heading in to work.

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PR PD Passport: Photo & Video Apps

Dec 02 9:00 am - Studer Community Institute, 220 W Garden, Pensacola, FL 32502

Join us for a hands-on phone app workshop for still photography and video by Devon Chestnut, APR, CPRC, on Dec. 2nd at the Studer Community Institute at 220 Garden St., in the first-floor classroom. Attendees can attend both workshops and lunch, or select just one (and still join everyone to network over lunch).

Price (includes lunch):
- FPRA Members and Nonprofit PR Professionals: $22.00 to attend one workshop/$40.00 to attend both
- Non-members: $27.00 to attend one workshop/$50.00 to attend both
- Students: $12 to attend one workshop/$24 to attend both

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The Mirage of Multitasking FPRA Luncheon w/ AAF Pensacola

Nov 21 12:00 am - J. E. Hall Center, 30 E Texar Dr, Pensacola, FL 32503

Learn about The Mirage of Multitasking from Scott Blades at this special FPRA luncheon with AAF Pensacola!

Since it's the season of giving, we encourage you to bring a donation for Manna Food Pantries. For every item you put in the donation box you will get a chance to win a door prize! And, if you would like to add to the fun – bring a door prize! The more prizes we have, the better your chances will be to win one! The more items we collect for Manna, the more families we can help!

WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 21 at 11:30 am – 100 pm.

WHERE: J. E. Hall Center, 30 E Texar Dr, Pensacola, FL 32503

Lunch will be provided by Sonny's BBQ!

RSVP/Purchase Tickets by Monday, Nov. 18. The cost of this program includes lunch.

Purchase tickets here: aafp.wufoo.com/forms/z1x8iqw20tuhv31/

Members - $20
Non-Members - $25
Students - $12

Special thanks to The Joint Chiropractic for sponsoring the event!

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FPRA Pensacola Announces 2019-2020 Board Slate

Posted: Jun 21, 2019

The Nominating Committee announces the following slate of officers for next year's FPRA Pensacola Chapter Board of Directors:

President - Kim Stefansson, Escambia County School District
President-elect/VP of Membership - Josh Newby, Council on Aging of West Florida
Secretary - Kaycee Lagarde, City of Pensacola
VP of Finance - Brandi Gomez, Navy Federal Credit Union
VP of Image Awards - Michelle Salzman, Salzman Studios
VP of Programming - Lindsey Steck, Visit Pensacola
VP of Networking - Kristin O'Bryan, Habitat for Humanity
At-large - Megan Chapman, Gulf Coast Kids House
Past-president - Sarah Whitfield, Santa Rosa County
 
The positions, VP of Communication and VP of Professional Development, remain vacant until filled by a qualified FPRA Pensacola Chapter member. If interested, please contact Brandi Gomez.

Pensacola Chapter members will have the opportunity to nominate from the floor during the July chapter meeting and then a vote will be held at that same meeting. The new board will be installed at the August chapter meeting. 

Thank you to the members of the Nominating Committee: Brandi Gomez, Amy Minchin, Gordon Paulus, APR, CPRC, Nicole Stacey and Sonya Daniel. Sarah Whitfield served as an ex-officio member of the committee, per chapter bylaws.

The July chapter meeting will be Thursday, July 18 at First United Methodist Church of Pensacola, Wright Building, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Program details will be announced soon. 

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Public Relations Professionals Honored at FPRA Image Awards

Apr 24 4:25 pm - Pensacola Yacht Club

The annual Image Awards competition serves to recognize the best in public relations. FPRA Image Awards for the Pensacola Chapter were presented for programs (Division A), printed tools (Division B), online/audio/visual tools (Division C) and student projects (Division D) of public relations. Entries were judged on a written summary and work samples. A team of judges recommended one of three awards. Judges Awards are for PR actions or products that were successfully completed with limited funds. An Award of Distinction designates submissions that met a standard of excellence, and an Image Award is for submissions considered to have met a standard of excellence and is the best submission in its category.

In each division, judges may also present an award to the top Image Awards in a division. Those awards are a Grand Image Award in Divisions B, C and D or a Grand All Image Award for Division A.

The following were honored for public relations programs:

Steve Esser and Brandi Gomez of Gulf Power received the Grand All Image Award and an Image Award for Hurricane Michael Social Media Sentiment
Visit Pensacola received an Image Award for Pensacola Tourism Works
Visit Pensacola received an Image Award and Judges’ Award for the Tall Ships Event
UWF Institutional Communications received an Award of Distinction and a Judges’ Award for their University of West Florida 100K Degree Campaign
UWF Institutional Communications received a Judges’ Award for the University of West Florida Virginia College Closure
Escambia County School District Public Relations Team received an Award of Distinction and a Judges’ Award for the Ransom Kicks Back Shoe Drive

The following were honored for printed tools of public relations:

UWF Institutional Communications and UWF University Advancement received an Award of Distinction for the University of West Florida Foundation Annual Report.

The following were honored for online/audio/visual tools of public relations:

Sarah Whitfield, Santa Rosa County Public Information Office, received an Image Award and Judges’ Award for the Santa Rosa County District One Video Series
Visit Pensacola received an Award of Distinction and a Judges’ Award for The Pensacola Experience Consumer E-Newsletter
Billie Nicholson, Robert Nicholson and Betty Williams of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, received a Judges’ Award for Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, Pensacola Chapter Online Newsletter

 

The following were honored for student projects in public relations:

Kristin O’Bryan, UWF senior and intern with Escambia County School District Public Relations, received an Award of Distinction and Judges’ Award from FPRA Northwest Florida Chapter for the Ransom Middle School: Kicks for a Cause PR Campaign

FPRA’s Pensacola chapter offers professionals and students an opportunity to meet with other people in the public relations community, to participate in professional development t opportunities and to network with others in the PR field. Chapter activities are posted on the FPRA Pensacola Chapter Facebook page and visitors are always welcome. 

 

Volunteer Florida and UWF Students Honored at FPRA Image Awards

A check was presented to Volunteer Florida for the Florida Disaster Fund and three UWF students were each awarded $500 scholarships at the 2019 Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) Pensacola Chapter’s Go For the Gold Image Awards luncheon held April 11 at the Pensacola Yacht Club.

In December 2018, FPRA Pensacola held a holiday social at Perfect Plain with the American Advertising Federation Pensacola, Pensacola Designers Group and Emerald Coast Film Group benefitting the Florida Disaster Fund. The groups were able to raise $1,035 through a silent auction and Perfect Plain’s generous donation of 10 percent of the profits from the social. “Volunteer Florida is thankful for this generous donation to the Florida Disaster Fund,” said Kerry Anne Schultz, Vice Chair of the Volunteer Florida Commission. “Hurricane Michael hit the panhandle last October, but the recovery process is just getting underway. Our partner organizations will be on the ground for months to come, helping rebuild homes, schools and businesses.”   

 

FPRA Pensacola awarded three $500 scholarships to deserving public relations students from the University of West Florida.

Leah Thornton, a junior at UWF, was awarded the Scott Harrington, APR, CPRC scholarship. She currently interns for the Santa Rosa County Public Information Office.
Kristin O’Bryan, a senior at UWF, was awarded the Eileen Perrigo, APR scholarship. Kristin currently interns for the Escambia County Public Relations Office.
Katlin Rouse, a junior at UWF and the student liaison to the FPRA Pensacola Chapter, was awarded the Horace W. “Pete” Olcott scholarship.

Each student was selected from a pool of applicants who completed an application process and a brief essay. To be eligible for a scholarship, students must be a junior or senior majoring in public relations, a student member of FPRA, have a minimum 3.0 grade point average, and be in good standing within the Communications Department at UWF.

FPRA 80th Annual Conference

Aug 05 12:00 am - Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa, 1000 Pga Tour Blvd, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

Join FPRA for the 80th Annual Conference, Aug. 5-8, 2018. Learn more and register today! Early bird pricing ends July 16.

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Public Relations Professionals, Media Person of the Year Honored at FPRA Image Awards

Posted: Apr 24, 2018

PENSACOLA, Fla. (April 24, 2018) – WEAR ABC 3 TV reporter Allie Norton was named Media Person of the Year, and area public relations programs and practitioners were honored at the 2018 Florida Public Relations Association Pensacola Chapter’s Grand Slam Image Awards luncheon held April 19 at the First United Methodist Church of Pensacola.

FPRA Pensacola Chapter has a long standing tradition of recognizing a local media professional as Media Person of the Year, an award that expresses appreciation for the vital relationships public relations professionals have with members of the media to bring news stories to light. It is based on nominations from chapter members. According to FPRA Pensacola President-elect Sarah Whitfield, the 2018 recipient, Allie Norton, was recognized for her “professional coverage of local headlines.”

The annual Image Awards competition serves to recognize the best in public relations. 

FPRA Image Awards for the Pensacola chapter were presented for programs, printed tools and online/audio/visual tools of public relations. Entries were judged on a written summary and work samples. 

The following were honored for public relations programs:

Naval Education and Training Command Professional Development Center (NETPDC) Public Affairs Officer (PAO) Ed Barker received the Grand All Image Award, an Image Award and a Judges’ Award for Navy College Shifts to Virtual Delivery.

Gulf Power received an Image Award for McCrary Battery Energy Storage Demonstration by Kimberly Blair, Brandi Gomez and Rick DelaHaya

Gulf Power received an Award of Distinction and a Judges’ Award for Social Media Coverage of Hurricane Nate by the Gulf Power Corporation Communication Team.

Escambia County School District Public Relations Coordinator Kim Stefansson received a Judges' Award for Workman Orchestra Rises Like A Phoenix.

The following were honored for printed tools of public relations:

NETPDC PAO Ed Barker received a Judges' Award for Navy College Program Mobile App. 

The following were honored for online/audio/visual tools of public relations:

Gulf Power received an Image Award for the Gulf Power Website by Steve Esser and Nick Seabrook.

Gulf Power received an Award of Distinction for the Gulf Power Symposium App by Steve Esser and Nick Seabrook.

Visit Pensacola received a Judges' Award for The Multicultural Pensacola Experience.

Sponsors for the Grand Slam Image Awards luncheon included Salz Studio and Eight Fifty Media.

 

The Florida Public Relations Association is dedicated to developing public relations practitioners who, through ethical and standardized practices, enhance the public relations profession in Florida. The Pensacola chapter meets the third Thursday of each month at the Wright Place at First United Methodist Church of Pensacola. Monthly programs focus on professional development for the public relations practitioner. For more information visit http://www.fprapensacola.org or like us on Facebook.

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Pictured above: (1) Allie Norton, WEAR ABC 3 TV reporter, is the FPRA Pensacola Chapter 2018 Media Person of the Year.

(2) Ed Barker, public affairs officer for the Naval Education Training Command Professional Development Center, received the Grand All Image Award, the highest award for public relations programs in Image Awards competition.

 

For more information, please contact:

Amy Minchin

Vice President of Communications

Phone:  251-599-5125

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.fprapensacola.org

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FPRA Pensacola Awards Student Scholarships

Posted: Jan 19, 2018

 

The Pensacola chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) has awarded three $500 scholarships to deserving public relations students from the University of West Florida.

Susanna Rogers, a senior at UWF and the student liaison to the FPRA Pensacola chapter, was awarded the Eileen M. Perrigo, APR scholarship. Rogers serves as an intern for Escambia County Commissioner Doug Underhill.

Christopher Bonanno, a junior at UWF, was awarded the Scott Harrington, APR, CPRC scholarship. He interns for the UWF Athletics Communications Department as well as for the Escambia County public relations officer.

Alyssa Lee, a senior at UWF, received the Lt. Col. John W. Dillin scholarship. In 2017, she completed an internship with NASA’s George C. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. 

Each student was selected from a pool of applicants who completed an application process and a brief essay. To be eligible for a scholarship, students must be a junior or senior majoring in public relations, a student member of FPRA, have a minimum 3.0 grade point average, and be in good standing within the Communications Department at UWF.

Learn more about the scholarships awarded by FPRA Pensacola in the Professional Development section of our website.

Pictured above (left to right): Susanna Rogers, Christopher Bonanno, Alyssa Lee