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News Release: SEWE Will Not Move Forward with February 2021 Weekend Event


January 5, 2021 (Charleston, SC)The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has announced it will not move forward with hosting its 2021 event in February. The 39th annual event was originally scheduled for February 11 – 14.

The SEWE staff met with its Board of Directors this week to assess the current state of public health and evaluate the plans and safety protocols for this year’s event, and it was collectively concluded that the February event should be canceled.

For the past ten months, SEWE organizers have been closely monitoring the pandemic and working in tandem with the City of Charleston and local and regional agencies to develop provisional plans for a 2021 event. The team regularly consulted with the appropriate organizations to arrange an event that would align with the health and safety guidelines established by local leaders. However, with COVID-19 cases on the rise across the country, the organization faced making decisions that could compromise the safety of patrons and the integrity of the event.

“I am extremely proud of the effort demonstrated by our staff and the extended SEWE family to plan an event in these uncertain times. We knew that we faced a difficult task, but we navigated this last year by having open conversations with stakeholders and regulatory agencies,” said John Powell, Executive Director of SEWE. “We have been humbled by the unwavering support from our loyal attendees, corporate partners, the City of Charleston and the State of South Carolina. I believe that the spirit to persevere, despite new and daunting challenges, is what will lead us out of these times and into a more safe and prosperous future.”

“Our staff has worked extremely hard to try and go forward with the 39th annual Exposition in February,” said Neil Robinson, Chairman of the SEWE Board. “Despite these efforts, based on the current COVID reporting, the Board of Directors has unanimously voted to cancel the 2021 Expo.  It would be irresponsible to subject our artists, exhibitors, benefactors and guests to the risks of COVID at this time.  We hope to be able to host an event later in the year.”

SEWE will provide all patrons who purchased tickets and/or VIP packages with the following ticketing options:

–  Ticket Refund: SEWE will refund the value of your ticket package (applicable for VIP, General Admission and Lowcountry Social tickets). Refunds are only available upon request and must be completed within 45 days of cancellation of the event. SEWE 2021 refund requests can be submitted online.

–  Ticket Donation: The value of your ticket package will be donated to the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition. Your generous, tax-deductible donation will help support our nonprofit’s mission to showcase the nation’s finest wildlife artists, create awareness for conservation, positively influence wildlife and nature education and impact the local and statewide economies through increased tourism.

SEWE is encouraging its loyal fanbase to support the organization and its partners during Presidents’ Day weekend and throughout the year. Organizers are also working on other opportunities to provide patrons and partners with a taste of SEWE in the fall before the event makes its official return in February 2022 for the highly anticipated 40th year celebration, February 17 – 20.

For nearly 40 years, the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has proudly presented the finest in wildlife art, conservation and the outdoor lifestyle at its annual event in Charleston, South Carolina. SEWE will host its 40th event in 2022 at multiple venues throughout downtown Charleston from February 17 – 20.
For more information on the event, please email sewe@sewe.com, visit sewe.com or call 843.723.1748.

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