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Volunteers Needed for Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In & Expo

Posted on March 3rd, 2015 by

Categories: Aviation

For the seventh consecutive year, the Dick Pope/Polk County Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) is recruiting volunteers for media relations duty at the Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In & Expo presented by Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. The Fly-In is April 21 to 26 at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland.

The recruitment campaign is being spearheaded by Danny Kushmer, a past president of the local FPRA chapter, who serves as senior government affairs manager at the Southwest Florida Water Management District office in Bartow. The volunteers will welcome and issue credentials to an estimated 500 media from around the world when they arrive at the Sun ‘n Fun Media Welcome Center.

Throughout the week, volunteers will help schedule and set up press conferences involving Sun ‘n Fun officials, pilots, astronauts and celebrities; answer phone calls from print, electronic and social media; and arrange flight line tours for media. Last year FPRA recruited 12 volunteers who spent 140 hours interacting with reporters and photographers from the United States and 17 other countries, including Russia, Australia and Japan.

Public relations professionals who volunteer will also gain hands on experience working with Central Florida media. “This type of experience is very valuable for public relations people since they can call upon the media they meet at the Sun ’n Fun Fly-In to arrange media coverage for their organizations all year long,” Kushmer said. According to Kushmer, volunteers have the option of working shifts that run from 8 a.m. to 12 noon or 12 noon to 5 p.m. They can also choose how many and which days they report for duty.

Danny Kushmer, a former president of the Dick Pope/Polk County chapter of the Florida Public Relations AssociationIn this photo, Kushmer holds a Sun ‘n Fun “Chairman’s Award” that was presented to him for his success in recruiting media relations volunteers for past Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-Ins. For more information on volunteering for media relations duty at the 2015 Fly-In, call Kushmer at 863-534-1448, ext. 6000 or e-mail danny.kushmer@watermatters.org. Applications from potential volunteers who are not FPRA members, including students, are welcomed and will be handled on a first come, first served basis.

About FPRA

Named in honor of Cypress Gardens’ founder Dick Pope, Sr., the Dick Pope/Polk County Chapter is one of 15 professional chapters of Sarasota-based FPRA, the nation’s oldest public relations organization. FPRA provides professional development, networking and recognition opportunities for more than 1,300 public relations professionals throughout the state. For more information on the state organization, visit www.fpra.org on the web.

The Dick Pope/Polk County Chapter meets at 8:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday of every month at the Cleveland Heights Golf & Country Club. All meetings are open to the public. For information visit the chapter website at www.fprapolk.org/home

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