Marion County was showcased on a newly added segment of the Florida Public Relations Association museum. The Association celebrated its 80-year legacy at its annual conference at Sawgrass Golf Resort in Ponte Vedra this week.
One of the Association’s newest members, Tammy Gantt with the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association, was happy to see an image of Champ, the Horse Fever horse that remains at FTBOA, surrounded by the 20!6-17 members of The Association’s executive committee. Three of the four executive committee and state board meetings were held in Ocala. As members traveled from across the state, they were greeted with Marion County Hospitality as local businesses sponsored receptions. The first session showcased the equine industry with a tour of the FTBOA Museum. The second session featured the arts and Downtown with a reception at Brick City Center for the Arts. The final event was hosted at Golden Ocala in May of 2017, shortly after the announcement of the World Equestrian Center.
Members enjoyed spotting their own pieces of history on the new panels. Carol Savage, APR, CPRC, dressed in her favorite decade attire, spotted her year as Association president.
The museum was first unveiled at the 75th Annual Conference at the Vinoy in St. Petersburg. Ocala’s Laura Byrnes, APR, CPRC served as VP of Communications and played an instrumental role in gathering the historical pieces to create this tribute to The Associations legacy.