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January 14, 2015

How PCMA's Convening Leaders Supported Community Initiatives




The Professional Convention Management Association’s annual meeting, Convening Leaders, is wrapping up in Chicago today after three days of education and networking. But beyond the breakout sessions and tech, the conference facilitated hands-on volunteer efforts and much-needed financial assistance to several Chicago-based charitable organizations this week.

Party With A Purpose

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

On January 12, 1,200 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. Over 22 years, 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.

Hospitality Helping Hands

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

PCMA’s Hospitality Helping Hands program, sponsored by Experient, Marriott’s Innovention Network and Global Experience Specialists, took place on Sunday, January 11. 120 Meeting professionals from around the globe 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, supports 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.

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.


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