To commemorate half a century of being united as a chapter and outstanding public and student service, Temple’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), a nationally designated Alpha chapter and recipient of the 2019 Star Chapter Award, will host a 50th Anniversary Gala on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at Temple University’s Science Education and Research Center (SERC), 1925 N.12th St., Philadelphia, Pa., from 5:30 p.m to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at http://bit.ly/2Cs8cTg.

The Senior Associate Dean Professor in Temple University’s Klein College of Media and Communication, Deborah A Cai, introduced by the Chair of the Department of Advertising and Public Relations, Dana Saewitz, will be speaking at the event to honor PRSSA’s 50 years of service. PRSSA’s current chapter president Emma McClain will also speak at the ceremony.
Guests will enjoy a buffet style dinner and view a video of memories collected from Temple PRSSA Alumni, reflecting on the past 50 years of Temple PRSSA. Guests will also have a chance to connect and network with current members of PRSSA, alumni and guest speakers.

Temple PRSSA will be accepting toys and monetary donations at the event to be donated to Toy for Tots. Toys for Tots is a non-profit organization run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which aims to provide toys to children whose parents cannot afford gifts for the holidays.

“While we work towards gaining hands-on experiences and creating relationships with PR professionals, it is important to us to give back to the community,” said McClain. “Partnering with Toys for Tots allows Temple PRSSA to make a positive impact within communities in the local area.”

Since 1969, Temple University’s Public Relations Student Society of America has given its members the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the field through planning and executing events, community engagement, mentoring and fundraising.
“PRSSA has provided me with so many opportunities to grow professionally that I would not have received if I were not a member of this society,” said McClain.

PRSSA members are able to network, participate in internships, hear from professionals in the field and make lifelong connections with peers that share similar career goals. For the past 50 years, Temple PRSSA’s chapter has consistently provided students with exceptional skills and memories to last a lifetime.

Gregg Feistman, Assistant Chair of Public Relations for Klein College of Media and Communication and chapter Faculty Advisor, said, “It’s my sincere hope to see at least another 50 years of a thriving Temple PRSSA chapter. We are off to a good start in 2020!”

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