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You're invited to the PPAMS holiday party
PPAMS
Join us after work on Tuesday, Dec. 17th at the Sunset Grill in Nashville, Tenn., to celebrate the season and enjoy some holiday merriment with your fellow PPAMS members. The critically-acclaimed food is just one reason to attend. The friends you’ll see and the contacts you’ll make are the best reasons to celebrate with us.

This year we are collected gifts for the Last Minute Toy Store. They are in need of teen gifts in the $10-$20 range. Ideas include gift cards to Target, Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy, iTunes, Old Navy, Rue 21, Game Stop, etc. Specific gift items might include perfume, cologne, bath/body products, portable music players, inexpensive jewelry, make-up kits, purses/wallets, watches, Titans or Predators stuff, bean bag chairs, ear buds, minute phones, skateboards, etc.

For more information and to make reservations: http://ppamsholiday.eventbrite.com/

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IMPORTANT PPAMS DATES

Date Event Location
Dec. 17, 2013 Holiday Party Sunset Grill: Nashville, Tenn.
Jan. 30-31, 2014 PPAMS MidSouth Promo Show Music City Center: Nashville, Tenn.
Aug. 12-14, 2014 PPAMS Road Shows TBA


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You're invited to the PPAMS holiday party
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Join us after work on Tuesday, Dec. 17th at the Sunset Grill in Nashville to celebrate the season and enjoy some holiday merriment with your fellow PPAMS members. The critically-acclaimed food is just one reason to attend. The friends you’ll see and the contacts you’ll make are the best reasons to celebrate with us.

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