Hurricane Ian Member Relief

The FPRA Southwest Florida chapter has learned that several members and longtime friends were greatly impacted by Hurricane Ian, losing cars, homes and belongings.

To show we care and help our friends recover, the Southwest Florida chapter is collecting funds to distribute among these individuals. Donations will be used to purchase gift cards to help our members purchase new items once they are ready to do so.

We know our members are already giving in so many ways, and are grateful for any and all contributions you are able to make.

Please send donations via Venmo or PayPal to Randy Mitchelson, APR, chapter treasurer:

  • Venmo: Look for Randall Mitchelson or @RandyMitchelson and use last 4 digits of phone number (6738)

  • PayPal: Look for Randall Mitchelson or @Randy Mitchelson

Note: We are using Venmo and a personal PayPal for these donations to avoid the added fees associated with chapter PayPal transactions, to ensure 100% of the donations go to the recipients.


Throughout the year, Southwest Florida chapter members are asked to help our student members attend events such as our annual daylong professional development conference, Public Relations University. The state Florida Public Relations Education Foundation also provides members opportunities via scholarships and rebates. Click here for more information on FPREF.

Public Relations University

Public Relations University provides an opportunity for Southwest Florida’s public relations students to experience a professional-level educational seminar and become introduced to how to implement real-life public relations strategies and tactics. Donations to this fund will allow public relations students, including members of our Florida Gulf Coast University student chapter, to attend this event free of charge*. Students are required to submit an application detailing why they would like to attend Public Relations University. Thank you for your donation and for supporting our region’s future PR practitioners!

* All funds in excess of those required for PRU scholarships will be put toward other student support, such as membership costs and attendance at other Southwest Florida FPRA chapter special events.


Thank you for investing in our future FPRA leadership.

For more information on our student chapter, contact us at [email protected].