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Funny Accountants Raise $10,000 for Junior Achievement

Accountants One’s 2008 Search for the South’s Funniest Accountant, held November 6th at the CW Midtown’s Center Stage Theatre, was a huge success! This year’s event exceeded expectations by raising $10,000. Corporate sponsors included PricewaterhouseCoopers, The Reznick Group and Career Builder. Proceeds from the evening went to Junior Achievement of Georgia (www.georgia.ja.org). Junior Achievement brings the real world to students, opening their minds to their potential by bridging the business and education communities.

Dan Erling, Vice President of Accountants One, presents Jack Harris, President of JA of Georgia, with the proceeds raised from this event.

Corporate sponsors, PricewaterhouseCoopers, are already having fun!

“This year’s event was better than we could have imagined,” said Vice President of Accountants One, Dan Erling. “Junior Achievement is an outstanding organization so supporting their work is always important to us. As far as the comedians go, this might have been the most talented group we’ve seen.”

Mark Panfel starts the show and cracks up the crowd!

Brian King showed how funny accountants can be. He was crowned the winner and took home an all-expenses paid trip for two to Las Vegas, staying at the luxorious Bellagio Hotel. In his day job, Brian is the manager of Corporate Accounting at Cox Enterprises.

Over 550 fans of funny accountants attended this combination fundraiser/stereotype debunker. There were nine contestants competing for the prize. First and second runners-up of the night were Gilbert Lawand from Ernst and Young and Jim Riley of GWL Construction .

For more information on the movement to prove to the world that accountants are funny too, please visit www.accountantsarefunnytoo.com.

Mark’s fans cheer for their favorite comedian!

Susan Parrish takes the stage and the crowd can’t stop laughing...”Bless their hearts!”

Kevin Thompson commands the stage with his hilarious routine!

Michael Val Hietter brings his guitar on-stage to serenade the crowd with comedy.

Tom Presley, Raleigh’s Funniest Accountant, sure does know how to make us laugh!

Temple Draper proves that accountants are funny too!

Jim Riley works the mic and the crowd goes wild!

The hilarious Gilbert Lawand is back again this year to compete and does a great job wrapping up the show

Brian King, winner of the 2008 Search for the South's Funniest Accountant

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