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We Went Back To School, Behind The Scenes, and Camped Out

Hard to believe we’re in the second half of the Press Club 2022-2023 season!

Many thanks to all of you who have renewed memberships, joined for the first time, attended an event, and supported us in so many other ways.

Our first three events this season took us Back To School, Behind The Scenes, and Camping Out. The Board expanded the Club’s regional reach, planning events in Delaware County and beyond. We also added weekend and evening events for members who might find it difficult to attend lunchtime events.

In September we went to Williamson College of the Trades in Media, an institution that has been transforming the lives of young men for over 125 years, providing each student with a full scholarship covering tuition, room, and board. We were treated to a delicious buffet lunch in the cafeteria and mingled with students on their lunch break. Williamson President Michael Rounds offered a presentation describing Williamson’s three-year programs in the trades and academics, leading to the Associate in Specialized Technology degree. The program concluded with a tour of the grounds and shops with student ambassadors who shared their Williamson experiences.

For October’s event, we planned a ghoulishly fun get-together. We ventured out to The Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville for a behind-the-scenes tour of the iconic theatre featured in the 1958 horror movie “The Blob.” The tour concluded with a 100th Anniversary screening of the classic silent film “Nosferatu,” experiencing the drama just as audiences did in 1922, with pipe organ accompaniment by The Theatre Organ Society of Delaware organist and college student Brett Miller. To complete the evening, we dined on a delicious Italian family style dinner at the restaurant Vecchia Nuova.

In November, members became part of WMMR radio personality Pierre Robert’s live audience at the nation's largest single-location food drive, Preston & Steve’s Camp Out for Hunger, an annual, week-long live broadcast event benefitting Philabundance. Hosted by WMMR’s Preston & Steve, the Camp Out features visits from local and national celebrities, athletes, TV personalities, and many other hunger heroes who come together each year to help end hunger. Club member Sean McDonald of Neumann University is instrumental in setting up the equipment that allows WMMR to take the Preston & Steve Show on the road. Sean gave us a behind-the-scenes tour of the speakers, monitors, transmitters, video equipment, etc., used for the event and demonstrated the technology that supports the remote broadcast.

The Board is working on more programs and events for the remainder of the season and events for January through March are listed on our website. Stay in touch at or follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and information on Club activities.

We’re anticipating more good things for 2023 and we hope to see you soon! My sincere thanks to all our members and friends. You make The Press Club the great professional organization it is.

Andrea DiFabio, Press Club President

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