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PCMA gives back to the Chicago community

PCMA partners with local charities to make a difference during their annual meeting, Convening Leaders, in Chicago this week

The Professional Convention Management Association’s annual meeting, Convening Leaders, will deliver hands-on volunteer efforts and much-needed financial assistance to several Chicago-based charitable organisations this week.

“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

On Monday, January 12, 1200 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, 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, 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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