Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

April 03 2013

PCMA Education Foundation's Party With a Purpose Coming to AIBTM in Chicago



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

CHICAGO, IL, April 3, 2013 - By popular demand, the Education Foundation of the Professional Convention Management Association is expanding its Party With a Purpose footprint and bringing the always popular Convening Leaders event to The Americas Incentive, Business Travel & Meetings Exhibition (AIBTM) -- June 11-13 in Chicago. 

The first-ever Party With a Purpose @ AIBTM will take place Wed., June 12 from 9:00 to midnight at one of Chicago's hottest, hard-to-get-into clubs - The Underground, "one of America's Top Ten Lounges."

"Party With a Purpose is one of those events our industry looks forward to all year long," says Deborah Sexton, PCMA president and CEO.  "So we decided to join forces with our partners at AIBTM to bring everyone another great opportunity to have fun while giving back to our industry and building ever-important relationships."

The new event will give attendees a chance to mingle with a who's who of AIBTM in a relaxed environment, all while raising money for the PCMA Education Foundation and new tuition-based scholarships through AIBTM and Choose Chicago.  The PCMA Education Foundation raises dollars to fund grants for scholarships, education, and research to advance the meetings industry.

Tickets are $75 for meeting planner professionals and $89 for supplier partner professionals.  With a discount code, special pricing is available for PCMA AIBTM Hosted Buyers and PCMA Greater Midwest Chapter planner members. Exhibitors looking to entertain can buy 10 tickets at $75 each, and get one free. 

Tickets are available now.

Party With a Purpose @ AIBTM is being produced with support from The Underground, Rockit Ranch Productions, AIBTM, Choose Chicago, and the PCMA Education Foundation.

AIBTM is a leading global exhibition for the U.S. meetings and events industry, delivering individually qualified Hosted Buyers and eligible Trade buyers from the U.S. and around the world. Tailored to the U.S. market, AIBTM serves and guarantees the attendance of top-level decision makers. The exhibitions provide time and business efficient matching services for buyers and sellers through unique Hosted Buyer Programs. For more information:  www.aibtm.com.

**Party With a Purpose @ AIBTM is only open to those 21 years of age and over.

**The original Party With a Purpose will continue to be held annually during PCMA's Convening Leaders.  Founding Sponsor, Global Experience Specialists (GES).


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.

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 today.