Tourism beat

The Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau last month recognized the following residents as Augusta Champions for helping the bureau bring a meeting or event to the Augusta area during 2007.


All figures represent "direct visitor spending" except for the National Barrel Horse Association and Futurity events, which are economic impact calculations that the CVB has been making for years.

Name/Event/Direct Visitor Spending

Jessie Atkinson/Broadway Baptist Church Uniting Souls Conference/$303,240

Tamara Baldwin Eddie Sturgis, Margaret Taylor, SharonWalker/Tuskegee University-CSRA/Augusta Alumni Association/$227,430

Paul Bates/Bates-Ingram Family Reunion/$60,648

Earnestine Bell, Sharon Hill/Paine College Georgia Association of Special Programs Personnel/$90,972

Lynn Bennett-Thigpe/Medical College of Georgia 2007 Marvin Goldstein Lecture Series/$45,486

Bill Berry/National Barrel Horse Association 2007 Dixie National, 2007 Super Show, 2007 World Championship/$5,955,067

TammyBerry/Medical College of Georgia Homecoming/$325,983

Willis Boshears/Augusta Regional Airport Georgia Airports Association/$171,836

Kelly Boyd/South Atlantic Chapter of the Museum Store Association/$40,432

Beth Bradley, Jean Embry/Toastmasters International District Fall Conference/$101,080

Vickie Browning/USA Dentac Endontic Short Course, Periodontic/Prosthodontic Short Course/$126,350

Steve Cassell/Intelligent Transportation Society of Georgia 2007 annual meeting/$75,810

Sharon Cook, Butch Holley/Georgia Marketing Council 2007 Fall Conference/$30,324

Jan Cross, Carolyn Hooks/Georgia Women's Golf Association 2007 Championship/$50,540

Sandra Davis/Eisenhower Army Medical Center 2007 Ward Master Conference, Traumatic Brain Injury Conference/$222,376

Brenda Durant/Greater Augusta Arts Council 2007 Arts in the Heart, South Atlantic Yacht Racing Association 2007 annual conference/$136,458

Teresa Edwards/Lloyd Family Reunion/$60,648

Gwen Elsey/Suzuki Strings of Augusta 2007 annual workshop/$50,540

Sharlotte Evans/Cambridge College Night Program 2007/$859,180

Alphonso Evans/Southeastern Paralyzed Veterans of America Summer Program 2007/$960,260

Elizabeth Flynn/Cattyshack Cats Championship and Household Pet Cat Show/$37,905

Sherrell Gay/Boshears Memorial Fly-In/$141,512

Dick Hatfield/Newman Tennis Center 2007 Chick-Fil-A Collegiate, Mayors Cup, Papa Johns Georgia Lina Junior Classic, Southern States Top 32, Subway Tennis Classic, USTA Boy 16 National Open, USTA Boys and Girls 12 National open, Georgia State Junior Closed, Powerade 2007, Seniors Hard Court 2007/$874,342

Jo Howe, MaryVonne Keneall, Ruby Harris/Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church Parish Council of Catholic Women/$50,540

Noell Inman/National Barrel Horse Association Augusta Cutting Horse Futurity/$5,091,830

Julia Jackson/Georgia Historical Society Historical Cemeteries/$50,540

Kevin Jiminez/Georgia Professional Photographers Association 2007 annual convention/$217,322

Buddy Keip/CSRA Shag Club 2007 annual shag meeting, 2007 workshop overflow, Association of Carolina Shag Clubs 2007 Workshop/$467,495

Brenda Kirkpatrick/Turtle Bowling Association 2007 Mixed Turtle Tournament/$808,640

Rick Lawless/Mustang Club of America 2007 Grand National Show/$505,400

Ron Lewis/Rotary District 6920 Georgia Rotary Student Program/$78,337

Lawanna Mercer-Cobb/East Central Georgia Emergency Medical Service 2008 Changes Medical Conference/$404,320

Philomena Mooney/Augusta Irish Dancers annual Southern Classic Feis/$101,080

Clarence Moore, Helen Bratton/General Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia 2007 State Convention/$808,640

Brenda Morton/Tabernacle Baptist Church Pastor Installation/$30,324

Quincy Murphy/Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials 37th annual Fall Conference/$88,445

Rosetta Parker-Austin/Faith Outreach 2007 Conference, Mother & Daughter Conference, Peoples Conference/$265,335

Mark Pierson, Linda Graves/African Methodist Episcopal Church/Bethel AME Church 6th Episcopal District 2007 Conference, Augusta annual conference 2007; $647,922

Lara Plocha/Imperial Theatre 2007 Southern Fried Film Festival/$63,175

Lynn Russell/Augusta Richmond County Planning Commission MPO/DOT Meeting/$25,270

Buck Salter, Lida Greg/Augusta Recreation & Parks Department Masters Senior Classic Softball Tournament, 2007 GRPA Men's Church State and GRPA Men's Open State/$426,052

Paula Scott/Morris Communications Corp. 2007 Training, 2007 Corporate Training/$429,590

Dayton Sherrouse/Augusta Southern Nationals 2007 annual Drag Boat Races/$1,212,960

Inga Shorter/6th District of the CME Church/Georgia North Region annual conference/$63,175

Tanya Simpson/Doctors Hospital-Joseph M. Still Burn Center 2007 Symposium/$50,540

Bridget Sullivan/Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Georgia 2007 annual meeting, Prince Hall Grand Chapter Order of Easter Star Grand Youth Session/$1,526,308

Maurice Thomas, Edward Lott/Islam Grand Temple Shriners 2007 annual Gala Weekend/$141,512

Shannon Tollison/National Wild Turkey Federation 2007 Volunteer Leadership Meeting/$404,320

Terri Turner/Augusta Richmond County Planning Commission 2007 East Region Education & Technical Training/$88,445

Brian Rous/Pars Junior Golf Foundation 2007 Pars Junior Championship/$126,350

Donna Walden/Southeastern Pharmacological Society 28th annual conference/$75,810

Dr. William Wellnitz/National Science Olympiad Georgia Science Olympiad-State Middle/$113,715

Quitman White/Georgia State Elks 2007 Conference/$75,810

Lorie Williams/AMVETS Department of Georgia 2007 State Convention/$90,972

Jan Zimmerman/Fort Gordon-Youth Challenge Academy 2007 Graduation/$202,160

Total: $25,680,754



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