• 28th Annual Serving Up Hope Luncheon on Nov. 2

    POSTED September 29, 2021

Thirteen Colorado hospitality organizations are joining forces for the 28th Annual Serving Up Hope luncheon on Nov. 2, 2021 at Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center in Aurora to benefit Food Bank of the Rockies’ Denver’s Table program. 

Gathering industry professionals from around the state, the event has raised more than $30,000 annually for Denver’s Table in previous years. The goal for the event is to give Food Bank of the Rockies the ability to provide in excess of 100,000 meals to neighbors during the upcoming holiday season.  

Serving Up Hope is sponsored by the Meetings Industry Council of Colorado, a coalition of professional meetings industry-related organizations that promotes collaboration and fosters growth of the meetings and events industry in Colorado and beyond. Incorporated in 2000, MIC now includes 13 national and local member organizations either founded in Colorado or within state chapters.

Food Bank of the Rockies, a nonprofit organization, distributes on average more than a million meals a week through their direct service programs and partner agencies. In 2020, FBR provided food and necessities to approximately 572,000 adults and 219,000 children across Colorado and Wyoming.

For more information about Serving Up Hope or MIC, email Sydney Rhea at dir_communications@mic-colorado.org.

A growing number of fun activities, distinct venues and lodging properties well-suited for hosting groups has landed Aurora in the number 33 spot on Cvent’s list of Top 50 Meeting Destinations in the United States for 2019. This represents a nine-point increase from Aurora’s ranking last year and a 23-point increase from 2017, placing Colorado’s third largest city ahead of destinations like Fort Worth, Louisville, Portland, St. Louis and Kansas City. 



The Serving Up Hope Luncheon, hosted by the Meetings Industry Council of Colorado on Nov. 6 at Denver Mart and attended by approximately 700 industry professionals, raised more than $24,000 for the Food Bank of the Rockies Denver’s Table. In addition, approximately 14,700 meals were donated day-of by attendees, resulting in an overall total of 114,210 meals. Awards for the most food donated per member were given to the Christian Meetings & Conventions Association and Colorado Society of Association Executives. 


Colorado’s largest combined resort and convention center launched in December.