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Celebrate the Season with PR and Marketing Holiday Parties

16407127_sReady to network? Register now for these holiday events. You’ll meet some interesting people.  Here are some sure bets…

Wednesday, December 4

The One Party

RoseBar, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.  Tonight is the local PR/Advertising industry’s biggest holiday bash, The One Party.  The multi-sponsored party (Capitol Communicator, DC Ad Club, PRSA-NCC, AMADC, etc.) typically draws about 200 people.

Tips: It’s loud and the drink lines are long, and no one ever dances, but it’s the ad community’s event to see and be seen, and admission includes two drinks and appetizer.  A mix of ages and backgrounds, this event skews to 20s and 30s and the advertising/creative set.  Almost everyone behaves.  Bring cards, but this one’s mostly for the photo-ops.  Register for the event ($55/60).

Tuesday, December 10

Holiday Network-and-Lunch

Clyde’s – Chevy Chase, 12 Noon – 1:30 p.m. Fletcher Prince organizes this small group business networking event. The conversation is casual and everyone pays their own way ($15 to $20).

Tips: Dress is business casual. Expect to meet a diverse group of six to twelve business owners and PR professionals, as well as yours truly.

PRSA-NCC Holiday Party

Carmine’s, 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.  Join the National Capital Chapter of the PRSA for holiday networking, drinks and Italian hors d’oeuvres in Washington, DC.

Tips: Network with a suited and mature crowd of about 50 PR professionals who know each other well.  There are chapter volunteer award announcements.  Better for chapter insiders. Bring a toy for Toys for Tots.  Register today.

Tuesday, December 17

WWPR Holiday Party

Tonic Restaurant, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.  Join Washington Women in Public Relations for their Holiday Party in Washington, DC  The specialty of this Foggy Bottom restaurant is comfort food, including tots with a variety of sauces. All guests will leave with a party favor from WWPR and an early release of the 2014 schedule of events. Raffle proceeds benefit WWPR’s pro bono client, FLOW–Financial Literacy Organization for Women and Girls.

Tips: Both men and women attend these events, but the majority are fashionably attired, well-heeled female PR pros in their 20s and 30s, as well as a few seasoned pros with great connections.  A mannerly bunch, and a friendly crowd to newbies.

Four can’t miss PR holiday parties this week

If you are a DC communicator and thought you could put away your party shoes after The ONE Party at the beginning of this month, you are sadly mistaken.  There are four holiday parties for communicators this week. There’s something right for everyone, so let the networking begin!

MONDAY, December 13

Who: PRSA-NCC (The National Capital Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America)

Where: One Lounge, 1606 20th Street NW, Washington, DC (Dupont Circle Metr0)

Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Cost: $35 PRSA and WWPR members; $55 non-members

Details: PRSA always puts out a nice spread for their elegant holiday parties.  Their holiday event is most meaningful for PR professionals who are involved in some way with the Chapter.  Most attendees are seasoned professionals (20+ years of experience), with a few younger people also attending.  The recipients of PRSA-NCC’s Young Professional Award and the Diamond Award will be recognized. Cash contributions to the Salvation Army or to Goodwill Industries will be encouraged. Light fare and refreshments will be served.

TUESDAY, December 14

Who: WWPR (Washington Women in Public Relations)

Where: Hudson Restaurant and Lounge Restaurant and Lounge, 2030 M Street NW, Washington, DC (Metro: Dupont Circle or Farragut West)

Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Cost: $25 WWPR members; $35 non-members

Details: WWPR holiday events tend to be low-key and right for networking (not noisy, not a huge crowd).  Expect a 80/20 female/male ratio, with ages skewing to 20s and 30s, but men are welcome to attend, and women of all ages belong to WWPR.  Ticket includes one drink and appetizers.  WWPR is collecting gift cards in $10 denominations to grocery stores, Target or Payless, and gently used and new toys and books for all ages, for their charity, Children’s Law Center.

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Who: AMADC (American Marketing Association )

Where: Cure Bar & Bistro, 1000 H Street Northwest, Washington, DC

Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Cost: $25 members; $35 non-members

Details: Includes one drink or wine tasting and appetizers.  There will be a silent auction.  AMADC is collecting toys and books at the event to donate to local charities. AMADC events tend to draw a diverse crowd (different occupations and experience levels).

WEDNESDAY, December 15

Who: SMC-DC (Social Media Club of Washington, DC)

Where: Elephant and Castle, 900 19th St., Washington, DC (Metro: Farragut West)

Time: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Cost: Free; buy your own beer

Details: SMC-DC will have a designated area at the bar at this fun happy hour event skewed toward younger professionals, many of whom work in tech. There will be karaoke. Expect a big crowd of Millenials, plenty of noise, and beer.

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