NEW YORK – At the Fair Media Council’s Connection Day conference on Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, networking breaks will now include the opportunity to cuddle a four-legged furry friend in need of a forever home.
Conference attendees are encouraged to take selfies with the animals. Photos with the hashtag #FMCfurever will appear across the Fair Media Council’s social media channels in an effort to raise awareness of the pets available and in need of a home.
“Raising awareness is what Connection Day is all about,” said Fair Media Council CEO Jaci Clement. “If we can help some pets find good homes in the process, all the better.”
Animal welfare news is also being introduced as a new FMC Folio Award category.
The animals in need of adoption will be from Huntington-based Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center. Representatives will be on hand to answer any questions.
Additionally, Connection Day attendees (and speakers) who arrive at the event with a donation of pet food will be entered into a raffle drawing at the conference registration desk. Raffle tickets will be given out according to size of donation: One ticket per can of wet food, and five tickets for one bag of dry pet food. There is no limit to the number of tickets per person.
Raising awareness of local issues and getting the information into the news stream is the purpose of the Fair Media Council’s Connection Day, which is the largest conference in the country to bring the media and community together for a day of open dialogue, mutual understanding, relationship building and story pitching.
A variety of breakout sessions are offered throughout the day. The luncheon featured speaker is Bill Keller, editor in chief of The Marshall Project and former executive editor of The New York Times.
Major sponsors of the event include Northwell Health, Briarcliffe College, Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council, Farmingdale State College, Suez Water, Long Island Development Corp/Long Island Small Business Assistance Corp. and Alure Home Improvements.
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