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.
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.