More and more meeting planners are helping those in need by giving back to the community where they hold their events. For example, in February 2011, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons built a Family Fitness and Fun Park in San Diego at the Spring Valley and East Communities Center. It included a multigenerational component with a safe, accessible playground and a walking/running track around the perimeter of the playground so that children, parents and grandparents could all play and exercise together.
Because meeting planners are increasingly embracing these types of activities, the San Diego Convention Center developed a dedicated service program connecting them with community organizations. From attendees participating in building safe playgrounds to clients donating reusable materials at the end of an event, meeting organizers continue to help San Diego non-profits improve the quality of life for many in our community.
The Convention Center’s food and beverage provider, Centerplate, is also engaged in year round giving back through their food donation program. Last year alone, they donated nearly 42.5 tons of food to the San Diego Rescue Mission to provide meals to the homeless.
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons build a playground in San Diego at the Spring Valley and East Communities Center