Summary & A Cool Article  from Association Adviser
In 2015, Past GSAE President Lori K. Spear, CAE, staffer Wendy W. Kavanagh, CAE and Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Director of Sales Chris Hendrix, CMP brainstormed an appropriate way to ”give back” to the Charleston community as part of our charitable activities (and to use some really fantastic ceramic pigs from a local gallery). GSAE and our members recognize the investment a community makes in hosting our Annual Meeting, and the Pay the Pig raffle was born to show our gratitude. 

A big hit with attendees, Pay the Pig stickers and ribbons are a mark of pride throughout the program year. The Pay the Pig Team is recognizable from a variety of pink accessories they wear during the meeting. Past Chair Gene Stinson, CAE, PCED, CEcD, HLM debuted both a Pay the Pig logo and the use of aprons during his tenure in 2018. The program has continued to flourish each year thanks to the dedication of sponsors like Map Dynamics and our dedicated GSAE volunteers.

The local charitable recipient is designated by the host hotel and host CVB based on their knowledge of the needs of their respective communities. Since 2015, GSAE attendees have donated over $12,000 to local charities. Photo Album.

2020 Pay the Pig, Savannah, GA

Charitable Recipient: Humane Society for Greater Savannah. The Society is funded entirely by private donations, services, fees and special events.  We receive no funding from any government agency and no money from national animal welfare organizations like the Humane Society of the United States.  With your support, we can continue the incredible work of our staff and volunteers here at HSGS. We provide the following community-focused programs and services: 

  • Pet adoptions
  • Pet Fix Savannah low-cost spay and neuter
  • Surrender prevention program
  • Low-cost vaccination clinics
  • Dog-training classes
  • Pet re-homing services
  • Pet Transport services
  • Humane education programs for schools
  • Nuzzle Buddies reading program
  • Pet Microchipping
  • Surrender a pet
  • End of life services
  • Pet food pantry

2019 Pay the Pig, Greenville, SC

Amount Donated: Over $5,000

Charitable Recipient: The Frazee Dream Center - The Frazee Dream Center is a free preschool, after school and summer program for under resourced children in the downtown Greenville area. The program offers assistance and guidance to children ages 3-16 in the areas of academics, character development, sportsmanship and emotional wellness. Prize Sponsors: Map Dynamics and Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.

2018 Pay the Pig, Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort

Amount Donated: $4,136

Charitable Recipient: Sandestin Foundation for Kids - The goal of the Sandestin Foundation for Kids is to make a meaningful and positive difference in children’s lives. The Foundation will support causes or organizations which have the most impact, and to make the best, positive difference in the lives of children, including health and economic issues. Prize Sponsors: Map Dynamics, Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, Sandestin Beach and Golf Resort, and The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island.

2017 Pay the Pig, Macon, GA

Amount Donated: $3,222

Charitable Recipient: Loaves and Fishes of Macon - The mission of Loaves and Fishes Ministry is "to serve and improve the quality of life of the poor and homeless." Prize Sponsors: Map Dynamics and Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.

2016 Pay the Pig, Athens, GA

Amount Donated: $3,235

Charitable Recipient: Bread for Life Athens - Bread for Life provides hands-on training, instruction by industry professionals, and community support for men and women with the will to improve their lives and the desire to begin successful careers in the hospitality industry. Prize Sponsors: Map Dynamics and Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.

2015 Pay the Pig, Charleston, SC

Amount Donated: $2,300

Charitable Recipient: MUSC Children’s Medical Center - As a Level 1 Trauma center, our pediatric emergency department specializes in providing emergency care for any serious injury or illness your child may experience at home, at school, or at play. Working collaboratively with pediatricians throughout the community, MUSC Children’s Health also provides after-hours care to children from birth to seventeen years of age in three different locations on weeknights, weekends and holidays. Prize Sponsor: Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.