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Jekyll Island Authority gets extra help from volunteer event planning committees


Jekyll Island, GA – February 17, 2009 – Beginning this year, the Jekyll Island Authority Event Marketing team is getting extra help via volunteer participation on event planning committees. The committee approach was initiated to encourage more community and inter-departmental involvement at all Jekyll Island events.

“Our local business owners, managers, and residents are great resources for ideas and are eager to help,” said Jones Hooks, Executive Director of the Jekyll Island Authority. “By establishing these committees, we hope to bring those ideas together and open more lines of communication between the JIA and our community.”

The Event Planning Committees are divided into two categories. Event Support Committees help bolster all events via sponsorship sales, fund-raising, entertainment negotiations, financial management, volunteer recruitment, and environmental oversight. Event Committees work on issues directly related to their specific event. An Event Steering Committee, comprised of representatives from each of the other committees, oversees all events and makes decisions on any new event proposals.

“With more people involved we are able to gather ideas and find better solutions,” said Beth Burnsed, Event Marketing Coordinator for the Jekyll Island Authority. “We want our annual events to be more community-oriented rather than just promote tourism. So far the response has been extremely positive and we appreciate the input and support.”

Interested parties are still invited to participate on an Event Committee. To sign up contact Beth Burnsed, Event Marketing Coordinator for the Jekyll Island Authority at 912-635-4189. For more information on all Jekyll Island events, visit

2009 Jekyll Island Calendar of Events
Island Treasures on Jekyll Island, January 1 – February 28
U.S. Kids Golf® Jekyll Island Cup,February 14-16
Great Dunes Historic Golf Tournament,March 21
Jekyll Island Mother Nature Festival, April 18
Jekyll Island Turtle Crawl Triathlon,May 15-16
Jekyll Island Nest Fest, June 8-13
4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza, July 4
Beach Music Festival & BBQ Beach Bash, August 21-22
Shrimp & Grits: The Wild Georgia Shrimp Festival, September 18-20
Jekyll Island High School Cross Country Invitational, September 19
Georgia’s Colonial Coast Birding and Nature Festival, October 9-12
WAY Radio Beach Concert, October 24
Georgia-Florida Golf Classic, October 29-31
Holiday Island on Jekyll Island, November 28-December 31


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