While the Orange County Convention Center is known for providing an economic boost to the Central Florida community, it is also a major source of donations for several of the area’s charitable organizations. In 2013, it’s estimated more than $2.1 million in goods and services were donated to local organizations by visiting conventions and tradeshows and their exhibitors and attendees.
More than four dozen visiting shows made donations that included nearly 300,000 pounds of food, which is donated by the Jimmy John Liautaud Philanthropy to local food banks, more than $200,000 in educational supplies and grants and more than $100,000 in building supplies and products.
“We are so proud of the conventions and tradeshows that choose to make a donation to one of our local charities or go out in our community and assist with a social responsibility project,” said Kathie Canning, the convention center’s executive director. “It’s great to see our visitors are providing a positive economic impact to our community not only by spending locally, but also giving locally.”