GACE Gives is a philanthropic activity executed at each GACE Annual Conference as a way for conference attendess to support the community. Through this initiative, we aim to give back to a local organization located in the city where conference is being held.
In the past, this annual tradition has generated money for breast cancer, items for food pantries, and bookbags full of school supplies for local children. .
The 2023 GACE Gives Charity Organziation is S.A.F.E. Services, located in Blairsville, GA.
For the 2023 conference, the conference committee is proud to support S.A.F.E. Services, a domestic violence and sexual assault program that serves Towns and Union Counties. The organization's mission statement is to provide support, advocacy, and emergency shelter for victims of Domestic Abuse, Child Abuse, and Sexual Abuse, regardless of gender and to heighten community awareness of such abuse in Towns and Union counties. .
To support S.A.F.E. Services, we are asking GACE Members to bring items for donation to the 2023 Annual Conference. These items will be collected during registration and delivered to the organization by the Conference Committee.
S.A.F.E. Services is in need of cleaning supplies, bathroom/kitchen supplies, personal hygiene supplies, basic medical items, and children/baby items.
You can drop off your donations for S.A.F.E. Services at the GACE Conference Registration Desk any time during the conference.
CONFERENCE SOCIAL ACTIVITIES:
Yes! Not only do we plan plenty of time for educational sessions and networking opportunities, but the GACE Conference also has scheduled time to relax and socialize with your newest friends.
On Thursday afternoon, attendees will have an opportunity to engage in social networking opportunities between our 5th Breakout Session and the Conference Awards Banquet. We also have a hospitality suite each evening of the conference as a way to gather with conference attendess as you unwind and chat about the day's sessions.
Individual/group planned activities in the local area. See sign-up lists at the Conference Registration desk when you arrive.
Choose the activity that is most exciting for you!
The Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa offers a wide variety of activities onsite at the resort. Participants interested in golf, Equani spa, and stables should contact the resort directly to book.
The Resort also offers hiking trails, an indoor/outdoor pool, and a fitness facility. In addition, attendees looking for additional food options outside of conference provided meals can visit the onsite bar and restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, & dinner.
Participants interested in the conference hosted Networking Pool Party do not need to RSVP. Just show up and we will be ready for you
For off-site individual and group activities, please see the sign-up lists at registration.
The GACE conference is set in a relaxed, professional atmosphere. Attire is business casual. Meeting room temperatures can be cool and the climate may vary, so it is recommended that you wear layered clothing for comfort. Evening dinner attire will be provided in the weeks leading up to the conference. Check back to the conference main page for updates.
Check our Conference Page regularly for updates on sessions and special programming.
This year's Awards Banquet will be a Sneaker/Boot Ball. If you are unfamiliar with this concept, this is a semi-formal event where you dress up in banquet attire with your best sneakers or boots. (Get it Hiking Boots to match the Conference Theme!) The Awards Banquest will be held on Thursday, June 1st 6:30-10:30pm in the Sunset Pavillion.
While it is not not mandatory to wear Sneakers or Boots to the Awards Banquet, participation is encouraged.
Aside from your traditional packing list, here are some GACE Conference specific items that might be helpful!
Resuable Water Bottle
Company Swag to Donate for Door Prize Drawing
GACE Gives Donation Items
Bathing Suit for the Pool Party
Sneakers/Boots for the Awards Banquet
Three $1 Bills for Left, Right, Center!
Sweater or Light Jacket for Cold Conference Rooms
GACE Thanks Our Partners For Their Continued Support