By Sydney Stevens
The girls at Red Stick PR have been busy gearing up for Fellowship Church‘s “Planting Our Appreciation” event. The event will honor local teachers in Ascension Parish and surrounding areas. We will be holding this event on Sunday, April 21, 2013, at Jambalaya Park in Gonzales. We created a list of things we needed to accomplish for the next week, and we divided the list up among all of us. This was to ensure that everything was completed as efficiently as possible.
Our design director, Julia McGowen, completed some promotional items for the event including a save the date and a flier. Todd Blount, lead pastor at Fellowship Church South Ascension, requested that we have these ready by April 4, 2013, for a luncheon he is attending at St. Amant Primary School. Julia is also working on designing a banner for the event.
(Save the date for “Planting Our Appreciation. Photo courtesy of Red Stick PR).
After discussing it with Todd we decided that it would be easiest for everyone involved if we catered the food. We all agreed that the Jambalaya Shoppe in Gonzales was the best choice. Jambalaya is simple and easy to serve. It’s also a food that almost everyone enjoys. I called the Jambalaya Shoppe about pricing details and was able to arrange the catering at a discounted price. In exchange for being listed as a sponsor of the event we will receive a 10 percent discount on our purchase. Members of Fellowship Church are going to donate side items and dessert choices. Fellowship Church will provide refreshments and spacewalks. The Midterm, a band consisting of several Fellowship Church members, will play a 45-60 minute set during the event.
One of our course learning outcomes is to demonstrate social responsibility. “Planting Our Appreciation” gives us the perfect opportunity to do this. The main focus of our event is to give back to the educators of South Ascension Parish. When we first brought up the idea of hosting an event Fellowship Church did not want to hold an event raise money or to showcase the church. Instead the members thought it would be better to hold an event to give back to people who touch the community daily. By honoring the teachers in South Ascension members of Fellowship Church can come together and do something good for the community. Stewardship is very important in public relations. We are taught to give back to others. However, this is more than a duty or an obligation; it becomes a part of our daily lives. “Planting Our Appreciation” is a way that we can give back to others while demonstrating social responsibility and civic engagement.
(The “Planting Our Appreciation” flier. Photo courtesy of Red Stick PR).
In addition to event planning we have been working on improving our blog. As PR professionals it is important to be open and honest. We wanted to allow our readers to learn more about us as individuals. They will also be able to learn about us as an agency. Each agency member has provided a photograph and three or four personal quotes to be included on the page “Our PR Team.”
As an agency we are growing closer each day. We are learning each others’ strengths and weaknesses. We are utilizing everyone’s strenths as much as we can so we can have a strong, effective campaign. There is no denying that we love working together and are incredibly excited about Fellowship Church’s teacher appreciation event. Our goal is to host the best event that we can to show our appreciation for teachers in South Ascension and for Fellowship Church.
For more information on Fellowship Church or to monitor its progress via other sources, check out the website or Facebook. For more information on me, check out my LinkedIn or Twitter (@sstev23) accounts. Thanks for reading.