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Join the Space Coast FPRA on Thursday, November 20th, for our monthly breakfast meeting featuring Heather Lewis, Marketing Director at Ron Jon Surf Shop. During this presentation, she will discuss Ron Jon’s partnership with Special Olympics Florida and the successful growth of the Special Olympics State Surfing Championship. Learn about Ron Jon’s investment in corporate philanthropy and how this annual event, which launched in 2010, has rapidly gained national exposure. She’ll also discuss strategies for tying philanthropy with a business brand, and how this can drive community awareness and support, improve employee engagement, and most importantly, raise money and awareness for worthy causes.

Date:  Thursday, November 20, 2014
Time: 7:45 a.m. Registration and Networking;  8:15-9:00 a.m. Program
; followed by Ron Jon’s retail/brand tour from 9:oo-9:30 a.m.(optional)
Location and Event Sponsor:  Ron Jon Surf Shop Watersports Retail Store (next door to the north), 4151 North Atlantic Ave. (A1A), Cocoa Beach, FL 32931
Featured Speaker: Heather Lewis, Marketing Director, Ron Jon Surf Shop
Cost: $10 for members and students; $15 non-members – with a portion of ticket sales being donated to the Special Olympics Florida.  Coffee and a light continental breakfast will be provided. Note: a $1 service fee applies for online payments.

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What began in the summer of 2010 as a trial surf program within Brevard County quickly grew to a statewide Special Olympics competition in Cocoa Beach every September, which now draws more than 130 athletes from across the state It all started when Ron Jon Surf Shop, through its affiliated Ron Jon Surf School, partnered with Special Olympics Florida to bring surf instruction as well as the culture and lifestyle of surfing to Special Olympics athletes. In a few short years, this partnership has brought tremendous joy to Ron Jon Surf Shop and Surf School, Special Olympics Florida, and hundreds of athletes from around the state who come to Cocoa Beach each September to achieve their personal best riding the waves!

About Heather Lewis 

heather lewisHeather Lewis is the Director of Marketing for Ron Jon Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach. She joined the company in 1993 to oversee print advertising, media buying and special events. In 1997 she was promoted to director of marketing and is responsible for the marketing, advertising and public relations efforts nationwide for 11 company-owned store locations. In addition to her work at Ron Jon, she serves on the board of Keep Brevard Beautiful and the Brevard Zoo. She also served as a board member of the Brevard Schools Foundation and served as a mentor with the Take Stock in Children scholarship program. She earned a bachelor’s degree specializing in Advertising and Public Relations, with a Political Science Minor, from the University of Central Florida in 1991.

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