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Last Friday’s Roast & Toast event was a great success, drawing 115 guests and FPRA members. The evening included the presentation of the 2009 PR Professional of the Year Award to Jessica Rye, APR, and the 2009 Chapter Awards. Carey Beam was chosen as the Rising Star; Mat Haggar received the Doris Fleischman Award and Geo Ropert was named Member of the Year. We celebrated our chapter’s 25th anniversary recognizing our Past PResident’s in attendance and guest roasters David Brock, Bill Ellis and Jack Rood “Roasted” Sandy Sanderson. Tweets were coming in all during the evening with fun messages and info for Jessica and Sandy, and our tropical room and food was a hit with guests. The coconut shrimp and Blue Hawaii cocktails started the evening with a tasty twist. Our state President, Lanette Hart, APR, CPRC, attended and Emcee Mike Rein kept the evening lively and entertaining!

Jessica Rye, APR, says a few words after receiving her “toast” and award.

2009 Rising Star, Carey Beam

2009 recipient of the Doris Fleischman Award, Mat Haggar

2009 Member of the Year, Geo Ropert, APR

Past President’s in attendance from left: Linda Herridge, Cindy Calhoun, Suzanne Sparling, APR,

Jessica Rye, APR,Marilyn Waters, APR, and our First chapter President in 1984, Dick Baumbach.

Roastee Sandy Sanderson is a good sport laughing at the jokes of his friends.

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