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Ab-ZOO-lutely Awesome

The PCMA Southeast Chapter had an educational program and luncheon on August 11, 2021 at Zoo Atlanta.  The event was hosted in the Zoo’s beautiful Savanna Hall, and catered by Proof of the Pudding.  Our event sponsor, Visit Austin brought in live music, to add to the third-floor ambience of Savanna Hall, which overlooks  the African Savanna exhibit at the Zoo. Our educational session, “In Person Meetings are Back! Best Practices from Industry Experts” was presented by the following panel of industry experts: Linda Arcangelia-Story, CMP, Kellen; Barbara Stroup, Market Maker Events; and Annette Sullivan, Lynn Leidel, CMP, & Wendy McGar; Hinman Dental. Registration allowed attendees the opportunity to visit the Zoo Atlanta after the event at no additional cost. Many thanks to our sponsors, Visit Austin, Zoo Atlanta, and Proof of the Pudding. Additional thanks to our AV sponsor, AV Production & Design, who produced a recorded broadcast of the educational session, which you can view here.

Special thanks to the attendees, who collectively donated 40 NEW stuffed animals for CURE Childhood Cancer at this program. This Chapter community service effort was organized by Rachel Keyes, Creative Services Manager at Juice Studios and PCMA “20 in their Twenties” recipient, Class of 2021. Thank you Rachel and to everyone who donated!

Post-event, we offered a contest to the attendees for a chance to win a Companion Adventure Pack Zoo membership, courtesy of Cobb Travel & Tourism.

Attendees from our August 11 Program were invited to submit entries is eligible telling us why it would be Ab-ZOO-lutely Awesome to win. We received several submissions, and are excited to announce Linda Arcangeli-Story, CMP, Manager, Meetings & Expositions with Kellen is the winner! Linda’s submission:

I would say that I would LOVE to win the membership at the zoo. Why you ask this would be Ab-ZOO-lutely Awesome? It would be so since my son, Dominic – below, would LOVE a membership! Our membership ran out during COVID so we would enjoy the opportunity to go monkey around (see what I did there) with the amazing animals of the zoo!

Who wouldn’t want this face to win?



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