Leigh Ann Waters, President of GaMPI, with event sponsors, Russell Lopinto of Tech Rentals and J.R. Blankenship of Divine Events

Janice Reece and Holly Royston of the Atlanta Community Food Bank

Champagne flowed as did the generosity at the GEORGIA CHAPTER of MEETING PROFESSIONALS INTERNATIONAL'S (GaMPI) annual signature fundraising event, The Gathering.  The event, held several weeks ago at Maestro’s at Castleberry Hill, raised approximately $20,000 for the Atlanta Community Food Bank and the MPI Foundation.

The event was the culmination of the two-day annual Meetings Exploration Conference (MEC), attended by more than 800 meetings professionals from around the country. A decadent celebration of contribution, the Gathering featured a raffle, silent auction, live band, catered foods and ice sculptures.  Additionally, snake handlers and flame throwers were on hand to entertain the 400 attendees as they danced the night away, and strengthened newly developed relationships in the name of social responsibility and community. “We were so thrilled to showcase this fantastic new special events venue along with the unique offerings of our sponsors,” said Leslie Swiedom, GaMPI Board Advisor to the event. “This was one of our best Gatherings ever, thanks to the great efforts of our event co-chairs, Kristy Cook, CMP and Melanie Reynolds and their hard-working committee.”

Proceeds from the event will be divided equally between the MPI Foundation and Atlanta’s Table, a local non-profit project of the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

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About GaMPI
The Georgia Chapter of MPI (GaMPI), 2004-2005 Chapter of the Year, is currently the 5th largest chapter, with over 900 members.  Throughout the year, GaMPI offers superior educational opportunities including retreats and workshops, and coordinates several social outings annually, as well as networking receptions prior to each monthly meeting.


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