Slideshow of 2013 ZAG Week Events
A word from the 2013 ZAG Member Sponsorship winner Adele Raphael
Wicked cool. That pretty much sums up my Smokey Mountain Gift Show experience. Being new to this, I didn't have a clue what to expect. What I found was an incredible group of folks who took me under their wing and showed me the ropes. They introduced me to the vendors, gave me sage advice on pricing and what sells. They opened my eyes to a plethora of merchandise I didn't know existed. They brought me to a hoard of networking events where I met even more great people, who were more than willing to guide me and share their knowledge. Never have I met such a friendly, caring bunch.
And I learned what I should be doing in our gift shop. In case you didn't know, I’m the operations manager & volunteer coordinator at the National Marine Life Center. We are a small nonprofit marine animal hospital on Cape Cod that currently rehabs seals and sea turtles; eventually dolphins and whales. While our main goal is to help these critters get well and then release them, a large portion of our mission is to educate others in marine wildlife health and conservation. Our Marine Animal Discovery Center consists of a museum and a great little gift shop. It’s through fundraising events, donations and gift shop sales that we are able to care for the animals. With that said, we don’t have the means to travel to a gift show, so I truly want to thank all who made it possible for me to attend the gift show through the ZAG Travel Scholarship, which as we say in Massachusetts, was wicked cool.