Honoring the Heroes Among Us

June 13, 2016 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S: Thousands gather at City Hall in Center City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as Members of Philadelphia City Council, joined by religious and community leaders lead a vigil for the victims of the June 2016 massacre at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Fl.

As we are all aware, our City Beautiful suffered an unspeakable tragedy at Pulse nightclub nearly two months ago. What you may not have noticed are the dozens of colleagues and friends who were torn away from their “typical” duties to perform the very critical function of communicating to various publics in the immediate aftermath of those events. Often operating behind-the-scenes, there were many PR professionals who rose to the challenge and as a collective community of PR professionals, we are proud and honored to count them as our friends and colleagues.

The Orlando chapters of FPRA and PRSA are joining to honor these colleagues during a happy hour event on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Gator’s Dockside SODO, a restaurant that was impacted by the loss of traffic in the weeks following the tragedy. The event – a “community hug” of sorts – will occur exactly 100 days after the tragedy.

The cost is $15 to attend and all event proceeds will be donated to the OneOrlando Fund. Registration details can be found here. This is one small way that our local PR community can make a difference in the lives of those most impacted by the tragedy at Pulse nightclub.

Special thanks to event sponsors: Big Shoes South, Consensus Communications, Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association, HuntonBrady Architects, Kissimmee Utility Authority, NAVC, On The Same Page LLC, and Reis Corporate Public Relations.