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Hawkins International PR staffers enjoyed an outing to Yankee Stadium last nigth as the Bronx Bombers edged the Orioles 4-3. They sat below a contingent of PRSA/New York chapter members.
One Vanderbilt, a 1,501-foot office tower on Vanderbilt Ave. between 42nd and 43rd sts., has ousted two PR groups from their offices and put a focus on escalating costs and congestion in Manhattan.
The Institute for PR, shopping for a new staff head, has a chance to fill two vacuums—lack of anyone who can do "PR for PR," and lack of a place for New York PR people and the press to meet.
Ray Kotcher, chairman of Ketchum, will receive the Alexander Hamilton Medal of the Institute for PR Nov. 13 at the Yale Club, New York. Richard Dobbs of McKinsey will give the 53rd Distinguished Lecture.
Katharine Weymouth, granddaughter of Katherine Graham, longtime head of the Washington Post who died in 2001, will address the Spring Seminar of the Arthur W. Page Society Thursday at the Conrad New York.
New York PR people are sending about $350K each year to PR Society of America and the Int'l Assn of Business Communicators -- two groups whose practices bring discredit to PR rather than improve its image.
Neville Hobson reviewed the new digital bi-monthly magazine of the International Association of Business Communicators, commending the group for its transition but noting it has "some major work to do" on the format and app itself.