You read that right: The 12th annual Desperate for Him Mega Mime Conference takes place, for the first time, in Fayetteville, North Carolina, April 28-30, 2016. More than 1,700 kids, teens and adults will congregate at Simon Temple AME Zion Church to be trained in the art of mime. As always, the three-day conference is open to the public and will conclude with a mime and dance concert, complete with live music at the Crown Complex. Here, D4H event manager Kimberly McGhee talks about the conference’s first year in Fayetteville, what draws its attendees back and why faith remains the core of the event.
Why hold the event in Fayetteville this year?
It’s been in Raleigh for five years, then in Greensboro for five years. We met with Myron Jones at Fayetteville Area CVB at Rejuvenate Marketplace and I talked to him about the conference. Then, I spoke with co-pastors Timothy and Chandra Midgette, who are the founders, about having it in Fayetteville. They had started connecting with a couple of ministries there, so it made sense with the relationships they’re building in the area. They thought it was a good time to move the conference for a new look, new style and new terrain.
How have things changed since you started working with the organization?
I came on board about six years ago and started with them in Raleigh. I recommended the move to Greensboro by meeting with the Greensboro CVB. I’ve been working on branding and expanding their vision in terms of participants and moving the conference around. Once they understood the benefits of moving the conference around which was part of their ultimate goal in expansion and brand recognition.