Atlanta - (October 5, 2010)―Sam Polk is the newest member of A Legendary Event’s award-winning, full-service special events company, which specializes in catering, design and floral. Polk has served the hospitality industry with over 20 years experience creating and managing high visibility events for groups as large as 25,000 throughout the United States.
Well known to the Atlanta hospitality industry, Polk began his prestigious career as the Special Events Manager at Zoo Atlanta, where he was responsible for marketing, hospitality and fundraising events including Zoo Atlanta's Beastly Feast affair, raising more than $500,000 annually. Polk then served as Foundation Director for Northside Hospital, where he managed a fundraising budget of $1.2 million annually and directed numerous galas, golf/tennis tournaments, overseeing the highly-publicized community tree lighting events. He was also instrumental in the development of an employee/physician community service program with over 1,500 active volunteers assisting organizations in six counties.
Other highlights of Polk’s career includes owning and creating a unique coffee house dessert café called Miss Lucille’s Gossip Parlor, which he sold and is still to this day a very successful coffee house in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. This popular institution has been featured in the media including the pages of Southern Living and Atlanta Magazine. He also ran an interior design service called Frugality By Design and a retail gift shop.
As a dedicated community volunteer, Polk has been actively involved in the non-profit world including volunteering for The American Heart Association, The Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, March of Dimes, Hands on Atlanta, Board of Directions of the Fulton County Education Foundation, Partnership Coordinator for the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta and served as Chairman of the North Fulton County March of Dimes Walk America.
Tony Conway, President and Owner of A Legendary Event said, “We are extremely excited to have Sam Polk on board. His wealth of talents in the field will be a fantastic addition to our team as we strive to provide our clients with a legendary experience. We have confidence in Sam and are confident he will be a valuable member of our team of talented catering, design and sales professionals.”