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January 13 2013

PCMA Gives Back to the Orlando Community

By PCMA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Contact: Carolyn Clark
Direct: 312.423.7271, E-mail: cclark@pcma.org 

PCMA partners with local charities to make a difference in Orlando during Convening Leaders

ORLANDO, FL, January 12, 2013 - The Professional Convention Management Association’s annual meeting, Convening Leaders, will deliver hands-on volunteer efforts and much-needed financial assistance to several Orlando-based charitable organizations this week.

“Our members and their organizations will benefit from the outstanding facilities and the hard-working people here in Orlando,” Deborah Sexton, president and CEO, PCMA, says. “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 for the families, students and teachers who need assistance in central Florida.”

Program: Party With a Purpose

Benefits: Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, Network for the Needy® & PCMA Education Foundation

On Monday, January 14, 1,200+ meeting professionals will celebrate for a cause as the proceeds from Party With a Purpose ticket sales help support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, PCMA’s Network for the Needy® and the PCMA Education Foundation. In its 20th year, PWAP has raised more than $1.8 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: Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, Inc. & Clean the World Foundation, Inc.

PCMA’s Hospitality Helping Hands program, sponsored by Experient, Marriott’s Innovention Network and Global Experience Specialists, takes place on Sunday, January 13. Meeting professionals from around the globe will participate in one of these programs with 100 percent of each participant’s $75 registration fee going toward these charities.

Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, Inc. provides shelter, counseling, job training and educational programs to over 750 people each day. Convening Leaders attendees will serve breakfast, work on arts and crafts projects with children and help clean playground and office facilities to keep the Coalition’s headquarters ready to welcome those in need.

Clean the World Foundation, Inc. collects, recycles and distributes discarded soaps, shampoos and other hygiene products from hospitality partners. In just three years, CTW has distributed more than 11 million bars of soap to families in more than 55 countries around the globe. Convening Leaders attendees will help advance that mission, sanitizing, recycling and packaging soap for needy families.

Program: Network for the Needy® Donation Drive:

Benefits: High-Need Classrooms

This year, attendees will be bringing paper, crayons, markers and other school supplies to help underprivileged children via A Gift for Teaching. In a new addition to the Convening Leaders program, attendees can also make on-site contributions in the Corporate Social Responsibility lounge.

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About PCMA Education Foundation

The role of the Education Foundation of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) is to support the mission of PCMA through fundraising and grant giving focused on scholarships, education and research that will advance the meetings and conventions industry. Established in 1985, the Foundation fuels advancement, nurtures professional development and shapes tomorrow’s meeting and convention leaders. Learn more at pcma.org/foundation.

About Professional Convention Management Association 
PCMA is the multi-channel professional resource and premier educator for leaders in the meetings, conventions, events and trade show industries. PCMA provides their 6,000+ members with a community of likeminded colleagues, innovative education and creative global solutions to enhance both their professional development and their organization's face-to-face and virtual connections. Headquartered in Chicago, PCMA has 17 chapters throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico with members in more than 35 countries. For additional information, please visit the PCMA Web site at pcma.org.