Professional Convention Management Association Gives Back to Chicago Community

January 20, 2015

The Professional Convention Management Association not only brought thousands of convention managers to Chicago for a few days of networking and education last week during its Convening Leaders annual event, but it also gave back to the local community through several programs.

“These programs are one way of expressing our sincere thanks to this tremendous community. After our members leave, we hope these donations will leave a lasting impact on the communities, who need assistance in the Chicagoland area.” said Deborah Sexton, president and CEO, PCMA

Program: Party With A Purpose

Benefits: Future Founders, Network for the Needy® & PCMA Education Foundation

Twelve hundred meeting professionals celebrated for a cause as the proceeds from Party With a Purpose ticket sales help support Future Founders, PCMA’s Network for the Needy® and the PCMA Education Foundation. In its 22nd year, PWAP has raised more than $2 million for a range of notable causes as PCMA leads the meeting industry’s efforts to make a difference in communities around the world. 

Program: Hospitality Helping Hands

Benefits: Greater Chicago Food Depository (Chicago’s food bank)

PCMA’s Hospitality Helping Hands program drew 120 Meeting professionals from around the globe who participated in this program with 100 percent of each participant’s $75 registration fee supporting the Hospitality Helping Hands program.

The Greater Chicago Food Depository, founded in 1979, makes a daily impact across Cook County with a network of 650 pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, mobile programs, children’s programs, older adult programs and innovative responses that address the root causes of hunger. Last year, the Food Depository distributed 67 million pounds of shelf-stable food, fresh produce, dairy products and meat, the equivalent of 154,000 meals every day.

Program: Network for the Needy® Donation Drive: Mercy Home for Boys & Girls

Benefits: kids in crisis with the support and guidance they need to realize their own potential and make positive decisions. Mercy Home offers full time living, activities, mentor programs, AfterCare programs and more.

PCMA attendees can donate new toiletries, school supplies and pre-loaded gift cards at McCormick Place near Convening Leaders registration throughout the week.

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