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Cox Conserves Heroes 2014 Winners

On November 19, we covered an uplifting event held at WSB-TV’s studios, where Channel 2’s own Jovita Moore and Craig Lucie named Bob Scott Atlanta’s 2014 Cox Conserves Hero.

The Cox Conserves Heroes program was created by Cox Enterprises in partnership with The Trust for Public Land to recognize local environmental volunteers. The program honors these heroes by making donations to the local nonprofits that matter most to them. Scott’s nonprofit of choice, South Fork Conservancy, will receive $10,000. His goal is to build an urban refuge in metro Atlanta and to encourage outdoor activity.

Joy Carter and Barry Henson were also lauded as finalists. Carter’s selected nonprofit, the Atlanta Audubon Society, will receive $2,500. Henson supports Go Outdoors USA, which will also receive a $2,500 donation from Cox Conserves Heroes.

The applause was big and genuine for Scott and the two finalists from an audience comprised of WSB-TV leaders, previous Cox Conserves Heroes and finalists, teams from local environmental nonprofits and leaders from The Trust for Public Land and Cox Enterprises. Channel 2 WSB-TV did their part by drawing public attention to the award and sharing the winners’ inspirational stories, all in the hope that viewers will realize everyone can make a difference and get involved like Bob, Joy and Barry.

The Cox Conserves Heroes program was made possible by the efforts of Cox Chairman Jim Kennedy, who launched the Cox Conserves national sustainability program in 2007. Cox Conserves focuses on reducing waste and energy consumption, as well as conserving water. The impact of the Cox Conserves Heroes program alone has been tremendous, with nearly $500,000 donated to environmental nonprofits since its inception. In addition to selecting Atlanta winners, the program has national reach and has awarded heroes in Arizona, Louisiana, San Diego, Orange County, Virginia, Santa Barbara and Western Washington.

One of the unique features of the program is that it engages and inspires the public in nominating and voting for volunteers. After the initial nominations, a panel of local environmental leaders selects finalists and videos are made about each of them and their efforts. The public then watches the videos and votes for their favorite. If you know someone who does amazing sustainability work–like park refurbishment, water conservation, public beautification, advocacy or community outreach–bookmark the Cox Conserves Heroes website (www.coxconservesheroes.com). Starting in mid-July, you can go online and nominate someone — or yourself!  

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Cox’s Movember Kick-Off

One of our most memorable experiences of 2014 was covering Cox Enterprise‘s Movember kick-off event. During Movember, the month formerly known as November, men and women work together to raise awareness and funds to fight prostate cancer.

For 30 days men grow a Mo–that’s Aussie slang for moustache–and women support that growth. Mo Bros and Mo Sistas ask family and friends to donate to their efforts.

Cox’s Movember campaign kick-off was a powerful way to raise awareness in our own community and get people involved. The event attracted about 2,000 people and raised more than $2,500–an incredible level of participation that single-handedly crashed the Movember.com site!

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The massive turnout on the C-Tech lawn hints at how personal this cause is for the Cox community. Many have been touched by prostate cancer, including Jamie Kennedy’s father.

One of the coolest things about this campaign is that it combines doing good with having fun. The Cox team made it clear that wearing a ‘stache is really a blast! Lyndsey and I were thrilled to see so much support for Movember taking root at the kick-off.

Cox’s efforts are part of a movement that now spans more than 21 countries and five continents. Funds raised in the US go toward programs run by the Movember Foundation, often in partnership with the Prostate Cancer Foundation, the LIVESTRONG Foundation and other organizations. Since the kick-off event we’ve learned just how incredible Cox’s contribution really was: Team Cox ultimately raised the most money in the world this year! The company matched employee contributions, donating nearly $1,600,000 to the cause.

A Magical Journey to the Big Top

It was a special night at the circus for special needs kids. Gas South teamed up with local mayors, government officials and Feld Entertainment–producer of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circusto provide free admission and a unique, kid-centered pre-show.

The fun began with a Magical Journey, a private pre-show designed just for the kids, with hands-on activities and the lights and sounds of the circus, plus sign language interpreters and wheelchair accessibility.

The kids and their families got to spend one-on-one time with Ringling Bros. circus clowns, jugglers and other amazing performers. The wardrobe station gave the kids a real feel for what it’s like to don a clown costume, nose and all.

For the animal lovers in the crowd, the amazing performers didn’t disappoint. This show had it all: Beautiful horses in the ring, a fabulous tiger and some very playful elephants.

The elephant’s game of choice was kick ball; to the kids’ delight, the ball quickly soared into the the crowd! 

If they hadn’t already stolen the show, the elephants were determined to make a lasting impression with artistry. One elephant-turned-Picasso grabbed a brush and began painting a real picture! I can’t imagine that anyone in that audience–including me–will ever see elephants the same again. Amazing!

The AEP team and I want to extend a heartfelt thanks to Gas South for including us, and to their community partners–the Metropolitan Atlanta Mayors Association, the Georgia Municipal Association and Feld Entertainment–for creating such a magical experience for the kids.

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!

Best of 2013 – Part I

For me an important part of turning the corner into a new year is always reflecting on the past year — accomplishments, disappointments, joys, lessons learned — and 2013 offered plenty to chew on!  I’ve been thinking about the wonderful events and people AEP covered on behalf of many outstanding Atlanta organizations, like Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Cox Enterprises. We were also really excited to start working with Fox Sports South and to expand our reach beyond Atlanta’s borders to work with hugely influential companies like WebMD, headquartered in NYC. I want to share with you some of the best of the pictures we had the pleasure to take in 2013 and the organizations that made those pictures possible. For me that means photographs with staying power – with the ability to move us, whether bringing us to tears or gently brightening our day with their beauty. Enjoy!

WebMD Personal Stories

Last summer WebMD started following four people as they explored the new health insurance marketplaces.  They have been updating their stories as they made their choices. AEP was engaged to photograph two of the Atlanta-area women they have been following. Ines is the first lovely lady we had the pleasure of meeting. She is a breast cancer survivor. To say her journey has been challenging is an understatement. In her words (straight from the WebMD article): “I’ve been in shock with the cancer,” she says. “I don’t know how Obamacare will affect me. I’m lost.” This lady’s smile could warm any winter chill, nonetheless. Ines, you are one of our heroes!

Her full story is well worth reading and you can find it at http://www.webmd.com/health-insurance/insurance-costs/personal-profile-ines

Laureen is the second woman we had the pleasure to photograph. What she has endured is chilling and heartbreaking. She lost her health insurance when her company shuttered. While she was still looking for another job, her sister suffered a debilitating stroke and needed Laureen’s care. At 60, Laureen found herself without health insurance. She faced a serious quandary:  She was too young to apply for Medicare, yet not eligible for Medicaid. I think you’ll agree that nothing could dull this amazing lady’s sparkle or spunk. You go, girl!

You can find Laureen’s whole story at http://www.webmd.com/health-insurance/insurance-marketplace/personal-profile-laureen.

Aflac Cancer Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Braves Night

We were thrilled to be at Turner Field on May 30 to cover Braves Night, held by Aflac Cancer Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. What we loved most was that the main focus of the event was clearly on the precious patients of Aflac Cancer Center and their families. The Atlanta Braves players could not have been warmer or more wonderful with the kids. Director of the Aflac Cancer Center, Dr. William G. Woods, attended the event along with Dan and Kathleen Amos (Aflac Foundation President and Aflac CEO, respectively).

Thanks to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, WebMDAflac and the Aflac Cancer Center for the opportunity to capture the beautiful spirits of so many wonderful people in 2013! I’ve gathered many other photos from the past year that I can’t wait to share with you, so stay tuned!

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!