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A Walk in the Park with Equifax

I wish financial literacy had been an educational priority when I was young. Unless our parents were well versed in finance, my classmates and I generally had to figure it out on our own. Many, like me, did so while stumbling through early adulthood. Thanks to Junior Achievement of Georgia and Equifax, local middle schoolers will be much better prepared to manage their finances and credit. We had the chance to see Equifax volunteers and the kids in action at the innovative Junior Achievement Finance Park.

Imagine an interactive marketplace where kids can make personal finance decisions in simulated real-world situations. That’s JA Finance Park in the Georgia World Congress Center. It opened only two years ago and about 30,000 students have already experienced it. Equifax is one of several Atlanta corporations that have joined Junior Achievement’s mission to help students understand credit and personal finance as real-world, practical concepts.

If you’re like me, seventh and eighth grade may strike you as a bit young for kids to begin understanding credit. But Junior Achievement targets this specific group based on research findings that kids start disengaging from school in seventh and eighth grade, when they first begin seeing it as irrelevant to their real lives. I can report confidently that the kids we photographed were highly engaged in the JA Finance Park experience!

I speak for the entire Atlanta Event Photography team when I say that we love seeing first-hand how our corporate leaders partner with nonprofits to improve metro Atlanta communities. Thank you, Mark Braykovich, for giving us the opportunity to see Equifax in action with Junior Achievement.

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Best of 2013 – Part II

The archives are still overflowing with great shots from 2013 that we couldn’t fit into “Part I” of AEP’s “Best of 2013” collection. So, we’ve pulled another batch of photos to share with you in “Part II” of our tribute to the amazing sights and experiences last year brought us.

Fox Sports South

We were thrilled when Fox Sports South engaged us last year. They have the kinds of events most anyone would want to attend; plus, we quickly learned that their on-air and behind the scenes teams are a ton of fun. Just take a look at these shots from our work with The NEW College Football Show and South Girls.

Fox’s “Tribute to the Troops” event at Turner Field also reminded us that they bring sports to Atlanta with a healthy dose of heart. From the crowd’s standing ovation to warm greetings from Atlanta Braves players, the selfless men and women who serve our country experienced a really big and much deserved “thank you.”

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Cox Enterprises and CMG

If you’re a fan of the Zac Brown Band like all of us at AEP you would have loved the dinner Cox Media Group (CMG) hosted during their 2013 President’s Circle conference in Orlando. CMG is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises focusing on broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing and digital media.

I’d like to wrap this up with a look back at our coverage of the Bike MS event for Cox Enterprises, the title sponsor. The fundraiser is held annually at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain to support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. It’s a beautiful setting and a worthwhile cause–and there’s still time to get involved in the 2014 event, scheduled for September 20-21.

Thanks again to all of the organizations that made 2013 an amazing year for AEP. Can’t wait to see what 2014 brings in front of our lenses!

Cox Kicks Off Annual Employee Giving Campaign

We were honored to join Cox Enterprises on October 8 for the kick off of their annual employee giving campaign. This is the fifth year Atlanta Event Photography has shot the event, and the passion Cox employees show for giving back to the community never ceases to impress.

This year AutoTrader hosted the college sports-themed event, complete with food and games to satisfy fans and players alike! The crew from B98.5 FM provided music.

We loved the competitive spirit Cox employees brought to the games. Whether it was baseball, football, basketball or the beanbag toss, they were in it to win!

Harry the Hawk, mascot of the Atlanta Hawks basketball team, made a special appearance at the festivities. Quick to show his athletic versatility, Harry even tossed a football for the cause.

While they were giving it their all on the playing field, this was not all fun and games. The serious business of giving was also underway. Throughout the event employees pledged their support for The United Way, EarthShare and other non-profit organizations. The festivities took place right on the Cox campus on C-Tech Lawn so Atlanta employees could easily drop in as their schedules allowed.

Many Cox senior executives dropped in throughout the afternoon. Cox’s Chief Operating Officer, John Dyer, and AutoTrader’s Jim Franchi spoke to the crowd to help get everyone in the spirit of giving.

Special thanks to Christina Carter at Cox for getting us involved in this worthwhile event!