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Save the Date: May 2014

Vu Chung

Noteworthy events for the month ahead . . .

how-should-you-celebrate-mother-s-day-may-8-2012-600x480May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, which celebrates the culture, traditions, and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

In sports, three major events take place in May: the Kentucky Derby (May 3), the PGA's The Players Championship (May 8-11), and the French Open (May 26-June 8).

Anna Jarvis who started Mother's Day filed a "lawsuit in an effort to stop the over- commercialization of Mother's Day." Clearly, she lost the suit because according to the U.S. Census, Americans on average spend about $671 million on cards, $126 million on gifts and $1.9 million on flowers each year on Mother's Day. Don't forget to call your mom on May 11.

Two key PRSA events taking place in the month of May. In New York City from May 15-16, PRSA and PRIME Research host their Strategic Corporate Communications and Research Conference where leading communicators share how to "prove and improve your return on PR investment with strategic research approaches." Speakers include Gary Sheffer of GE, David Tovar of Walmart, and Andrew Bowins of MasterCard. Then, on May 20-21 in Chicago, PRSA hosts its Connect 14 Conference, which "features power networking with colleagues, as well as targeted programming that responds to the latest internal communications challenges and opportunities."

This year's Cannes Film Festival is on May 14-25, with "Grace of Monaco" by director Olivier Dahan opens the festival. The festival also features films from Jean-Luc Godard, David Cronenberg, Tommy Lee Jones and even the directorial debut of Ryan Gosling.

No matter what industry you're in, Internet Week New York is a must-attend conference. Taking place on May 19-25 in New York City, this annual event celebrates technology's impact on business and culture. With more than 45,000 business professionals across sectors expected to attend this year, there are more than 250 events taking place within the week. Check out the schedule for more details.

Wrapping up the month is Memorial Day (May 26), which is typically the last Monday of the month.

Other important, if not quirky, events to take place in the month of May include World Press Freedom Day (May 3), Star Wars Day (May 4), Cinco de Mayo (May 5), National Receptionist Day (May 14), National Chocolate Chip Day (May 15), and National Bike to Work Day (May 16). End of Story

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