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#AlphaDerbyWeekend: 24 hours of networking and time on the links (Part 1 of our 3 part series)

Part 1 of our #AlphaDerbyWeekend series

From 2015-19, the #AlphaDerbyWeekend via the Alphas of Atlanta is the signature destination benefit event of the spring and beyond. Evolving to a 3-day weekend complete with meet and greets, kickoff events including the likes of classic hip-hop artists from Doug E Fresh, Big Daddy Kane, and Chubb Rock, silent auctions, watch events, more live performances, and a Sunday brunch, it takes the noting of "party with a purpose" to a higher level. Nearly $250,000 is donated to multiple nonprofits throughout Metro-Atlanta to support community programs including (but not limited to) male-mentoring, college tours, co-ed leadership development, and scholarship programs.

Given the onset of Covid, the event is put on hold, but not entirely. After a successful inaugural golf tournament in 2021, the weekend comes back in full force for 2022 (May 5-8, 2022).

The nearly 24-hour period from the meet and greet with sponsors (on May 5th) and the return of the #AlphasOfAtlantaOpen (golf tournament) the morning of May 6th set a relaxed and positive tone to the weekend. The network opportunities with the Atlanta skyline serving as the backdrop provides an engaging atmosphere for sponsors (at $1500 and higher). In fact, given the overwhelming response from the business and immediate community, a record mark in sponsorships (more than $100,000) is received (again, all the proceeds are donated to multiple nonprofits).

And then comes Friday.

Despite a 25-minute rain delay (and overall playing delay of about 45 minutes), the sold out occasion at Wolf Creek Golf Club keeps a tremendous number of golfers out and about for a full round (playing 18 holes) of golf. Combined with the presence of title sponsor Woodford Reserve, the 21 and older audience has a spirited time, including some friendly competition on the links.

After the course play and catered meal via Dat Fire Jerk Chicken, along with the silent auction, the Cobb County Alphas' team (the Omicron Mu Lambda chapter) ends up winning the vaunted and hotly contested 1906 Cup.

What a 24-hour period.

With some great tone-setters and engagement in-person, the #AlphaDerbyWeekend gets off to a more than promising start. Even greater is maintaining the event's focus of being community centered and leaving a positive footprint across the metro area.

And this is just the beginning (of our 3-part series).

Clearly, there's no place like the Winner's Circle.

Notes: Video and photos are recorded by Andrew Snorton and Jocelyn Blue.

  1. Video: the first video is a highlight reel of the networking event on May 5th, while the second video provides a highlight reel for play on the golf course (May 6th).

  2. Photo slide show 1 (photo credit to Andrew Snorton): a few snapshots at the networking event and time on the course.

  3. Photo slide show 2 (photo credit to Jocelyn Blue): additional photos on the course and clubhouse.


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