SARASOTA, FL – In the wake of Hurricane Ian – especially as several of its members had suffered from significant impacts from the storm – the Central West Coast chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (CWC-FPRA) decided to pause its professional events and, instead, focus on outreach and support for those affected by the natural disaster.
On October 20, the chapter hosted “Standing Together, Stronger Together,” a member mixer for Hurricane Ian relief. The CWC-FPRA board selected three nonprofit beneficiaries: All Faiths Food Bank, The Florida Center for Early Childhood, and Senior Friendship Centers, all of which have been working to provide hurricane relief in the region.
During the event, chapter president Sheryl Vieira welcomed the group and then gave the representatives from the three benefiting nonprofits the opportunity to summarize conditions on the ground and how their organizations were working to help people. Chapter members were encouraged to donate to these organizations, resulting in more than $800 in gifts.
Additionally, immediately after Hurricane Ian passed through, CWC-FPRA board members contributed $600 in gift cards as well as plastic storage boxes for treasured personal items to one South County member, whose home sustained catastrophic damages in the storm.
“The past month has been challenging for many and it looks like we’re facing a long road ahead,” said Vieira. “As an association, our members have been there for each other through it all. I’m astounded by the friendship, camaraderie, and support extended to our CWC-FPRA members affected by Hurricane Ian, and grateful to be a part of such a caring group.”
CWC-FPRA is grateful to the event host, Gecko’s Grill & Pub on Clark Road, as well as to the event sponsor, Caldwell Trust Company.
The Central West Coast chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (CWC-FPRA) is a network of public relations, marketing and communications professionals from Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties who come together for professional development and to build a network of peers. An active part of the oldest statewide public relations organization in our country, CWC-FPRA takes pride in its 50-plus year history of stimulating programs and the professional growth of its members. The mission of 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. For more about CWC-FPRA, visit cwcfpra.com.