To everyone who helped to honor me with the 2008 Philadelphia Public Relations Hall of Fame award. It was truly an extraordinary event and a once-in-a-lifetime moment which I shall treasure forever. From the colleagues, friends and clients who wrote such incredible nomination letters, to the PPRA Hall of Fame committee led by Caryn Williams, the sponsors, the extraordinary speakers and participants, including Inquirer Editor Bill Marimow, author Stephen Fried, After School Activities Partnership President Marciene Mattleman, noted musician Bill Jolly and emcee extraordinaire Bill Cowen, CBS 3 and anchor Pat Ciarrocchi for the incredible video tribute, the leadership and staff of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts including Mervon Mehta, the clients who provided giveaways, the attendees and, incredibly, the Mayor of Philadelphia, Michael Nutter and Governor Edward G. Rendell, I extend my heartfelt thanks, for giving me that amazing moment. I am grateful beyond measure to have been so honored. 

    I apologize sincerely if I’ve left anyone out, and please don’t hesitate to let me know.

    Special Thanks to:

    ACE Group
    Business Wire
    Live Nation

    In-Kind sponsors
    Legal Images
    Fels Printing
    Aurora Imaging Company
    ikodum Web Design

    Author Eric Dezenhall
    CBS 3
    Conversation Pieces, Inc. / Unforgettaballs!  
    Mark Segal and the Hirschfeld Fund
    Kimmel Center for Performing Arts
    Ocean Galleries / Peter Max
    Pennsylvania Ballet
    Restaurant Collection


    Pat Ciarrocchi
    Emcee Bill Cowen
    Catherine Engel
    Stephen Fried
    Bill Jolly
    Dr. Marciene S. Mattleman
    William K. Marimow
    Caryn Williams
    Merle and Marc Zucker

    Governor Edward G. Rendell
    PA State Representative Kathy Manderino
    Mayor Michael Nutter, City of Philadelphia
    Philadelphia City Representative Melanie Johnson

    Cari Feiler Bender
    Barbara Black
    Joanne Calabria
    Nancy Collins
    Denise Downing
    Jane Eisner
    Jeff Guaracino and staff of GPTMC
    Marc Howard
    Eden Kratchman
    Cynthia McFadden
    Joan Gubernick Ruttenberg
    Mark Segal
    Ilana Krop Wilensik           

    And the entire 2008 Hall of Fame Committee

    Catherine Engel
    Bill Cowen
    Caryn Williams, Hall of Fame Chairperson
    Cari Feiler Bender
    Anita Bihovsky
    Meg Boyd
    Lynda Bramble
    Lisette Bralow
    Dr. Jean Brodey
    Sally Berlin
    David Brown
    Joanne Calabria
    Dan Cirucci
    Cheri Cutler
    Nessa Forman
    Jeff Guaracino
    Joan Gubernick
    Dava Guerin
    Craig Hamilton
    J. William Jones
    Sylvia Kauders
    Patti Klein
    Eden Kratchman
    Morgan Obidowski
    Ike Richman
    Lauren Sommers
    Bonnie Squires