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Special give backs


Silent Auction

We are so grateful to our supporters. Please consider donating to support our educational programming and then plan to bid high and bid often in Macon!


Pay the Pig Raffle to Benefit Loaves and Fishes - $5 per ticket


 Map Dynamics,

Mobile Town Guide

Disney Park Hopper Passes

Charleston Area CVB

$500 of Southwest Airlines Gift Cards










Thanks to our fabulous sponsors, we will raffle off a grand prize of Disney passes **and** Southwest Airlines gift cards on Friday morning at 8:30 am. 2nd and 3rd place prizes are the always flexible gift cards. See Lori K. Spear, CAE and the Pay the Pig Team at general sessions and during the evening events to purchase tickets. Cash and Square only.


Give back to Macon – 3K Fun Run/Walk– Friday, June 2 - Meet in front of the Marriott for Transportation to Central City Park at 6:50 ish am

7:00 am
Loaves and Fishes is a nonprofit organization, originally started as a food and clothing ministry. 15 years later, we acquired our first house and began providing shelter to homeless men. We serve the community by offering and delivering many human services such as case management to assist individuals and families as they transition from learned helplessness to learned resourcefulness. We partner with other area service providers and community agencies to ensure that programs and services are accessible and deliverable to those who have been confronted by life’s unfavorable circumstances. By supporting our mission, you are taking a stand against the epidemic of homelessness in our region.


You may also donate directly to Loaves & Fishes here.  

Special activities

Kayak the Ocmulgee River - Wednesday, May 31

Transportation from the Macon Marriott at 8:30 am 
Ocmulgee Outdoor Expeditions is Macon's only canoe, kayak and inner tube rental service for the Ocmulgee River. Join us from 9 am to 12 pm to experience the river’s beauty and enjoy a fantastic view of Macon as you wind through town ($40). For specific kayaking questions, please contact Ocmulgee Outdoor Expeditions at (478) 733-3386.  


Plan to stay an extra night and enjoy First Friday in downtown Macon. You can even take advantage of the kayaking special by booking your own adventure for Friday June 2 at 3:00 pm. The "Quick Float" trip is 3 hours and cost is $40. 


Golf at Brickyard Golf Club – Wednesday, May 31

Tee times begin at 9 am

When the Brickyard Golf Club was redesigned by PGA TOUR Pro Mark McCumber, every fairway, green and tee was reshaped. Measuring over 7200 yards from the tips, the par 72 championship course is challenging for low handicappers, yet fun and enjoyable for a casual golfer. Directions. Transportation on your own. Prize sponsorships available. Contact GSAE Board member Lee Lemke, CAE for more information ($75 includes lunch).


Beer Tasting Fundraiser for the GSAE Foundation - Wednesday, May 31

Join beer aficionados Mike Pennington, CAE, Russ Webb and Lowell Aplebaum, CAE for a craft beer tasting from 12:30 – 1:30 pm or 4:15-5:15 pm; ticket price is $29. These three have tasted thousands of beers and are excited to offer you some local favorites. The event will include 6 beer tastings and tips on how to taste and pair beer.  You may help select one of the beers to be tasted if you donate $100 (contact GSAE for details)!


Bonus: Mike, Russ and Lowell will each bring a mystery 750ml bottle of their favorite beer – and will auction them off together at the tasting – you won’t know what you are getting until you win it, but it will be delicious (and everyone will ask for a taste)!


Beer Pour Sponsors



Special evening events


Reception & Dinner – Wednesday, May 31

6:30 – 8:30 pm

Join your fellow attendees for a block party at the Harriet Tubman Museum & Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, sponsored by 2017 Host City, Macon-Bibb County Convention & Visitors Bureau and their industry partners. Concert with special guests begins at 8:00 pm.


Reception – Thursday, June 1

5:30 – 7:00 pm

Reception at the Museum of Arts and Sciences sponsored by 2017 Host City, Macon-Bibb County Convention & Visitors Bureau and their industry partners.


Dine Around- Thursday, June 1

Please gather your group and make reservations early for Dine Around Macon! Open Table & Macon CVB’s restaurant page


Club Marriott - Thursday, June 1

9:30  - on

Gather back at the Macon Marriott City Center for munchies, cash bar and a DJ - a private dance party just for GSAE attendees.



Featured Members
Jeff Sabourin2017 Peggy Seigler Corporate Member of the Year Award
Julia Boyd2017 Sharon Hunt Emerging Leader Award
Abit Massey2017 Alan R. Johnson Award

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