Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

December 2012

St. Louis: A Long History of Social Responsibility

Jennifer N. Dienst
Giving back to the people and charitable organizations(bold) that make St. Louis such a great place to live, work, and meet has long been a tradition in the city known as the Gateway to the West. Groups that choose the destination for their meetings and events can get into the same generous spirit by participating in a variety of CSR focused activities that give back to the community.

Food-outreach charities, children’s organizations, and pet-rescue services are just a few of the charities that have benefited from groups visiting St. Louis. Circle K International, a Kiwanis service leadership program, donated nearly 4,000 hours of service prior to its St. Louis convention, when members volunteered with four different organizations, including Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Hospital, the “Garden of Eaten” Community Garden, Habitat for Humanity, and the local Boys & Girls Club.

When the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE)met in St. Louis last year, attendees took part in a dog-treat-baking workshop, volunteered at a doggie day spa, and participated in a 5K run/walk for Stray Rescue of St. Louis, a local nonprofit benefiting homeless animals. And during the recent gathering of the National Society of Black Engineers, members volunteered their time for a variety of causes. In addition to hosting a science fair for science and engineering students, the group set up a cell-phone recycling drive in support of domestic violence prevention programs, volunteered at St. Patrick Center, which provides life-skills training for the mentally ill and homeless, and served lunch at Gateway Homeless Services.

At a Glance

Convention facilities: America’s Center Convention Complex includes 502,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space in six halls, the 67,000-seat Edward Jones Dome, the 1,411-seat Ferrara Theatre, 83-plus meeting rooms, and a 28,000-square-foot ballroom.

Number of hotel rooms within walking distance of convention center: 8,000

Total number of hotel rooms: 39,000

Attractions: The Gateway Arch,Missouri Botanical Garden, Saint Louis Zoo, Busch Stadium, Laumeier Sculpture Park, The Magic House St. Louis Children’s Museum, Grant’s Farm, and historic neighborhoods

DOGGIE DO GOODERS:
ASAE meeting attendees shower love on a pup during a CSR activity benefiting Stray Rescue of St. Louis.

GATEWAY: St. Louis’ walkable and affordable downtown offers more than 8,000 hotel rooms within steps of the 1.2-million-squarefoot America’s Center Convention Complex. And there’s always something new to discover - a recent revitalization has brought more than $5 billion in new developments to downtown.

For More Information
Call (800) 325-7962 or visit www.explorestlouis.com

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