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Do You Have a Thankful Purpose?

20 November 2012 No Comment

By: Stacey Shafer, Director, Leadership Relations
Professional Convention Management Association

One of the most buzzed about Convening Leaders events is the PCMA Education Foundation’s Party With a Purpose. This traditional Monday night ticketed party always delivers on a good time and a feel-good through the purposeful act of paying-it-forward to support the PCMA Education Foundation, PCMA’s Network for the Needy and a local charity.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida‘s mission is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. They indeed have a Purpose. This organization was selected not only because it makes a significant impact on the lives of young people, but because of its support of the hospitality industry.

The Culinary Café program operated by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida has been supported by Visit Orlando through the Magical Dining program, an effort led by the late Gary Sain. The program provides an opportunity for kids to learn about Culinary, including how to cook, use equipment as well as careers in hospitality. In addition, it offers educational field trips through a program called “Discover Tourism” to hospitality venues (like the Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center) and Rosen College. BGCCF would like to keep the program going, but funding is running out.

Cost of this 32 week program is about $45,000 annually… a donation from Party with a Purpose would make a huge impact, and be greatly appreciated. The program is important to the local community as it seeds careers in the hospitality industry.

This program is a stepping stone for future Leaders, particularly in the Hospitality industry. Gary Sain was a huge advocate of this program, was personally involved, and wanted very much to see this program continue.

Party With a Purpose also supports the PCMA Education Foundation (whose mission is to fund educational grants, transformational research, and the future of our industry through its funding of 21 student scholarships annually) and PCMA’s Network for the Needy.

During this special holiday week, when we all reflect on what are thankful for, make the time to pay-it-forward and purchase your Convening Leaders Party With a Purpose tickets.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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