Coca-Cola donation relieves League booth stress

Marana’s interns share their summer experiences.

Heath Vescori-Chiordi“Kshhhh!” The sound of a delicious can of Coca-Cola being opened after a long, hot day as a Marana intern. What am I talking about, you ask? Coke, my friends, delicious Coke.

As interns, Tony and I are responsible for the organization and presentation of the Town of Marana booth at the Arizona League of Cities and Towns Conference in Phoenix. I’m sure you remember me mentioning it in passing a couple of other times in previous blogs. One of our duties is to make the booth cool. There are many ways to do that, including creating a theme, generating a design theme (thank you, communications and marketing team) etc. But perhaps one of the best ways to draw people to our booth are the donations. So far, Tony and I have wrangled up quite an offering to people for the conference. We have a couple of Otterbox Cases for iPhones, a free round of golf for four at The Golf Club at Dove Mountain, and a really cool Nike Fuel Band to raffle (all keeping in line with our theme of recreation and hiking in Marana). However, what we just got is pretty cool, too.

Coca-Cola generously donated 21 cases of refreshments for us to hand out to the very lucky conference guests. Not only did the local distributing office donate the actual drinks, but they donated two very spiffy looking coolers, as well as a Coke bottle-shaped recycling container for all the empties. This way we remain environmentally friendly as well as look cool. They gave us everything we needed: Dasani water, Powerade (both regular and Powerade Zero), as well as Vitamin Water and Vitamin Water Zero. This way, we’re able to keep everyone properly hydrated during the conference (in a relatively healthy manner, too). It’s cool to finally have tangible deliverables for this project, as everything else is coming in a little slower because they require more work. OK, I’m done with Coke, for now.

Aside from this, everything is great! Things are winding down, at least with respect to the time we have left at the Town. For now, Tony and I are working as much as we can to get as much done as possible. If I had to choose one project to focus on to finish before I leave, it would be the one for economic development. But I want to get all of these projects done. With that, I leave you until next week so I can go get a little more work done on all these things and have a delicious Coke while I do it. Cheers!

Heath Vescovi-Chiordi is a Master of Public Administration candidate at the University of Arizona. 

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