OCCC Client Outreach to the Community

How our Clients are Reaching Out to the Local Community

Clients of the Orange County Convention Center leave us with more than a memory of a fantastic convention or show.  They also make a lasting imprint on the local community through their contributions.  Here are just a few of the many amazing examples of their social responsibility.

During the five-day IAAPA (International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions) Attractions Expo 2007 (November 12-16, 2007), Expo attendees participated in a golf tournament, silent and live auctions, and a 5K run at SeaWorld Orlando to raise more than $125,000 for Give Kids the World, a non-profit resort for children with life-threatening illnesses and injuries in Kissimmee, Florida.
The International Sanitary Supply Association (October 24-26, 2007) donated $81,000 in product to the United Way of Central Florida.
The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod 2007 National Youth Gathering (July 28-August 1, 2007) organized a large-scale blood drive, held a food collection to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, conducted projects to aid disadvantaged people in South America and the hurricane-impacted Gulf Coast, and participated in home construction with Habitat for Humanity. More than 6,000 youth were bused to volunteer at public schools, agencies, and community organizations throughout the greater Orlando area over the course of the event.
Over $350,000 worth of product was donated to Goodwill Industries of Central Florida by the National Hardware Show, Gourmet Housewares Show and Global Home Textiles Show (May 8-10, 2007).
Several other groups have made major donations to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and the Coalition for the Homeless - the Florida Restaurant Association (September 8-10, 2006), Globalshop (March 26-28, 2006), the International Deli Dairy Bake Association (June 10-13, 2006), the Institute of Food Technologists (June 25-27, 2006), the National Automatic Merchandising Association (October 25-27, 2006), the Sysco Food Show (October 24-25, 2006) and the University of 7-11 (March 2, 2006).
The World Financial Group (July 26-29, 2006) partnered with Albertsons and the OCCC to construct a massive wall of food as part of the WFG Foundation's Feed the Dream: Team Up to Fight Hunger campaign during its annual convention. The wall was comprised of $10,000 worth of non-perishable products. In addition to the large food contribution to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, the visiting convention also made a $5,000 cash donation to the organization.
JPMA (May 8-10, 2006) donated products from its exhibitors to the K.I.D.S. Organization (Kids in Distressed Situations).
International POW-WOW (May 5-8, 2006) made a $15,000 cash donation to Give Kids the World.
Florida School Nutrition (April 7-8, 2006) donated all remaining food to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.
The Tile Council of North America, Inc. (TCNA) and six TCNA members donated tiled benches to Give Kids the World during Coverings 2006 (April 4-7, 2006). The show also produced eight semi-trucks with more than 100 pallets of tile and tile materials to Tile Partners for Humanity, a partnership between the tile industry and Habitat for Humanity International.
Exhibitors at the Scrapbook Expo (March 31-April 2, 2006) donated $500 in scrapbook supplies to the Orlando Make-A-Wish Foundation®.
Central Florida Home & Garden Show (March 24-26, 2006)—Attendees and exhibitors contributed six tons of non-perishable food to the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. The show also raised $2,816.31 for the Coalition by auctioning off "Celebrity Painted Pots".
Exhibitors at the Florida Educational Tech Conference (March 22-24, 2006) made donations to Gifts for Teaching.

PITTCON 2006 (The Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy) awarded its 2006 Science Education Award, which came in the form of a $24,000 grant, to the Volusia County School District during its annual conference March 12-16, 2006. This grant is intended for the purchase of equipment for hands-on teacher training in environmental studies.

Additionally, PITTCON - in conjunction with The Peabody Orlando - awarded the Orlando Science Center (OSC) a $25,000 grant to help fund the purchase of a portable "Magic Planet" digital video globe, enabling the OSC to expand its educational outreach programming to middle and high school students throughout Central Florida.

PITTCON also presented additional awards and grants, totaling more than $12,000, to support scientific education a the elementary, middle and high school levels.

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