Professional Photographers of America Announces Charitable Events at Imaging USA

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Annual Convention Features Several Opportunities for Photographers to Give Back

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Professional Photographers of America (PPA) announced today the charitable events coming to Imaging USA, Jan. 31 to Feb, 2, 2015, at Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee.

PPA Charities, the philanthropic arm of PPA, will host events and sponsor programs during the association’s annual convention and expo.

Imaging USA attendees can kick things off Saturday, January 31, from 5 to 7 p.m. with the free program, How to Put Charitable Marketing to Work. Moderated by esteemed photographer and business coach, Ann Monteith, M.Photog.Hon.M.Photog.Cr., CPP, ABI, API, A-ASP and Lori Nordstrom, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, the panel also features Larry Lourcey, M.Photog.Cr., CPP; Dean Lourcey, Pete Rezac, Cr.Photog., CPP and Meggan Harper. The panel will share with photographers how a charitable marketing program can bring goodwill and recognition to their business, attract new clients plus create additional revenue to boost profits - all while giving back.

The goodwill continues Saturday night at the 8 p.m. PPA Charities Celebration: Boots and Bling. This event recognizes the philanthropic endeavors of 2014 and features a live auction. It’s open to any Imaging USA attendee and a great place to get started for anyone looking to partner their business with a charitable mission.

The following morning, photographers can hit the ground running bring and early at the PPA Charities Super Hero for Smiles 5K Fun Run and Walk. Runners and walkers alike will unite for a 3.1-mile loop around Opryland to raise funds for Celebration of Smiles. 6:30 a.m.

Those who really want to be more charitable can kick off their sneaks after the run and drop them in bins by the Imaging Expo for the PPA Charities shoe drive for Dando Amor, running all convention long. All attendees are encouraged to bring their old and little-used shoes to be re-purposed for orphanages in South America and Africa.

Lastly, on Tuesday afternoon, photographers Trish Gilmore and Mariah Ashley will share with the crowd how they turned around their fledgling business while dedicating a portion of every sale to charity.

Photographers must be registered for Imaging USA to attend the events and programs. For more information on PPA Charities’ events and to register for Imaging USA, visit

About PPA Charities:
As the philanthropic arm of Professional Photographers of America (PPA), PPA Charities allows PPA to become a force for positive change in our society, making a difference in the lives of others. Established as a charitable, non-profit, 501(c) (3) organization, PPA Charities allows imaging professionals to combine their individual efforts to make an even bigger impact on the lives of children and families everywhere.

About PPA:
Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the largest international nonprofit association created by professional photographers, for professional photographers. Almost as long-lived as photography itself, PPA’s roots date back to 1869. The nonprofit assists more than 27,000 members through protection, education and resources for their continued success. See how PPA helps photographers be more at

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