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Gainesville, Fla., Oct. 22, 2012—The Gainesville Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA), the oldest public relations organization in the U.S., is currently seeking local nonprofit applicants in need of free public relations assistance. The deadline to apply has been extended to Monday, Nov. 19.


FPRA’s Community Relations Committee, the chapter’s service entity, comprises skilled public relations professionals from a range of industries who specialize in numerous areas, such as marketing, fundraising, community relations and social media management.


The selected nonprofit will receive assistance in carrying out a successful public relations campaign. Examples of the services FPRA members can donate are:

  • Researching audiences and their needs
  • Producing goals and objectives
  • Analyzing trends in your field
  • Assistance in creating marketing and promotional materials
  • Event logistics and planning
  • Improving or creating your brand
  • Help building relationships with key individuals and organizations
  • Assisting in media relations and internal communications

“The Gainesville Chapter of FPRA has a history of providing a wide range of assistance to area nonprofits,” said Ginny Lawrimore, director of the Community Relations Committee and FPRA board member. “This year, we have a fantastic group of professionals serving on our committee who are eager to assist the local nonprofit sector.”

To request an application, email Ginny Lawrimore at Applications are due by 5 p.m. Nov. 19.


Last year, FPRA offered its services to The Arc of Alachua County for its Bob Rose Golf Scramble. The most recent event was named the best golf scramble in the organization’s history by Bryan Harned, development and design director at The Arc of Alachua County.


“We sold out the player spots for the first time and netted a profit of 200 percent of the previous year’s scramble,” Harned said. “Although we had different personnel involved internally, the biggest difference was the role FPRA played. We greatly increased the exposure of our event while forging new sponsors.”


The Gainesville Chapter of FPRA was established in 1968 and boasts more than 100 members. The group hosts a variety of professional development, networking and community relations activities throughout the year, including monthly luncheons, its annual Professional Development Symposium and numerous fundraisers. In August, FPRA named the chapter its 2011-2012 Chapter of the Year—the sixth time it received the distinction. To learn more about the Gainesville Chapter of FPRA, visit Get the latest chapter news at and on Twitter at @FPRA_GNV.



About FPRA 

Lt. Col. John Dillin, APR, CPRC, established FPRA in 1938 for the purpose of helping public relations practitioners do their jobs better. As the oldest public relations organization in the country, FPRA is dedicated to developing public relations practitioners, who, through ethical and standardized practices, enhance the public relations profession in Florida. FPRA comprises 15 professional and nine student chapters throughout the state, providing professional development, networking and professional recognition opportunities. For more additional information, visit