Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

August 04 2016

Mark Your Calendars for Bowl-a-Thon 2016!

Kara Patten & Jessica Parra
The PCMA GMC Community Service Committee is already hard at work preparing for Bowl-a-Thon 2016! We are excited to partner with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas as sponsors again this year. The event will be held on Thursday, November 10th at Lucky Strike in downtown Chicago from 5-9 p.m. Mark your calendars for what is sure to be a fun evening of bowling, bidding, and networking with your industry peers!

We are excited to announce that we will once again be partnering with BidPal for this year's Silent Auction! BidPal proved to be convenient and efficient last year, aiding in reaching a new goal of over $32,000 raised. Additionally, we have worked with BidPal to increase the number of packages we will be able to offer. We are excited to bring mobile bidding back for what is sure to be another successful year!

The Silent Auction and Wine Pull are an important part of our fundraising effort as 60% of the auction proceeds from the event go directly to our designated charity, Inspiration Corporation, 25% to GMC new education initiatives, 10% to student initiatives & 5% to the PCMA Education Foundation.

Inspiration Corporation's mission is help people who are affected by homelessness and poverty to improve their lives and increase self-sufficiency. They provide an atmosphere of dignity and respect, offering opportunities for social services, employment training, and housing services. Inspiration Corporation was started in 1989 as a volunteer-run organization and depends on more than 1,500 volunteers throughout each year to help with the day-to-day work of running Inspiration Café, tutoring, and conducting mock interviews for job seekers. Auction proceeds collected at this year's Bowl-a-Thon, and donated to Inspiration Corporation, will be used to help sustain the resources needed to continue to help more than 2,500 men, women, and families affected by homelessness and poverty each year.

Our Bowl-a-Thon committee is working hard at securing donations for the Silent Auction and Wine Pull. If you know someone who may be interested in donating you can refer them to the form links below or contact Kara Patten, kara.patten@experient-inc.com or Jessica Parra, jparra@aapd.org.

Look for information about registration forthcoming in September. We look forward to seeing everyone at Bowl-A-Thon 2016 and appreciate the support of this wonderful event!