Public RelationsMathew Smith
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The Public Relations Committee works diligently to procure numerous benefits for Society members. Perhaps best known for its sales, at a reduced rate, of movie tickets to local theaters, the committee also makes business cards available to members at a remarkably low price. In recent years, the committee has expanded its sale offerings to include Entertainment books. Additionally, the committee has also taken on community service projects. During the holiday season, while still providing a benefit to members, the committee raises funds for local charities and children's groups through fund drives or the sale of sports tickets and other items.
HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE
The Annual Holiday Toy Drive, sponsored by the Public Relations Committee of the Patent and Trademark Office Society (PTOS), perennially is a tremendous success through the support and the dedication many individuals here at the PTO. These individuals gave their time freely during the busy holiday season to make the lives of those less fortunate a little brighter. Holiday Toy Drive has raised almost $5,000 to benefit many local agencies.
Some of the agencies which have benefitted from the Toy Drive include Community of Hope shelter (in Washington, DC); the Hope House (in Falls Church); and St. Ann's Infant and Maternity Home. Also, we were fortunate to be able to give to the House of Ruth, which opened its doors in 1976 in Washington D.C. for homeless or abused women and children provides numerous support services; and the Bowie Therapeutic Nursery Center which provides programs for physically or emotionally distressed young children.
We received heartfelt thanks from these agencies that welcomed our holiday gifts of toys, jeans, jackets, layette (bags that included diapers and other infant items) and even a four-baby stroller.
Our volunteer efforts were focused on several creative fundraisers that were highly successful. The PTOS sold hundreds of discount hockey tickets for Washington Capitals games at the MCI Center. Other efforts included environmentally conscientious merchandise from the Humani-Tee's