Recently, I wrote about examples of two lodging properties’ impactful ways to give back. Colorado’s meeting and event industry associations also are champions of good causes, including the National Association of Catering and Events - Greater Denver Chapter’s first-ever Bunks to Backpacks on Aug. 8 at Four Mile Historic Park from 4 – 9 p.m.

Donations of nonperishable foods, school supplies, cash donations and backpacks are being collected at the door. Some suggested nonperishable food items include canned beef ravioli, canned spaghetti and meatballs, vanilla pudding snacks, unpopped microwavable popcorn, instant oatmeal, Slim Jim beef jerky, fruit and grain bars, granola bars, crispy rice bars, raisin mini boxes, reduced-sugar fruit snacks and crackers.

During the annual Meetings Industry Council of Colorado Educational Conference and Trade Show in March, the organization launched Serving Up Soap, an all-year-long community service project that involves collecting unopened hygiene products, including the miniature versions from hotels. The items will be donated to three nonprofit organizations within the Colorado region: Food Bank of the Rockies, Tennyson Center for Children and Volunteers of America, Colorado Branch.

There are three ways to assist MIC with Serving Up Soap.

1. Campaign to raise toiletries at your place of work with participating companies recognized at the MIC Conference on March 13 and 14, 2018, in order of the total weight donated.

2. MIC’s 13 organizations are accepting donations at monthly meetings and gatherings, and a winner will be recognized during the 2018 conference.

3. MIC can accept large-size donations of unused/unopened hygiene products for SUS.

The project is a partnership effort between MIC and Global Experience Specialists and complements MIC’s other annual charitable project, the Serving Up Hope luncheon scheduled for Nov. 7, 2017 at Denver Mart.

Never underestimate the power of helping good causes even on a small scale. Earlier this year, a friend and I hosted a puppy shower for a generous and community-minded friend. She welcomed an adorable golden retriever puppy, Gretel, into her life this spring after losing her six-year-old dog of the same breed to cancer, so we wanted to celebrate and help our local Paradise Animal Welfare Society as heavy snow this past winter damaged the organization’s facility in Crested Butte. Everyone brought a gift for Gretel or a donation to PAWS, with all donations matched by an anonymous donor. Posting photos of the event on Facebook and adding a tab to donate resulted in additional contributions, so a total of $400 was presented to PAWS and we had a lot of fun. Guests went home with small gift sacks of dog treats for their canine friends and human puppy chow, a delicious mix of Rice Chex coated with chocolate, peanut butter and powdered sugar.

Get out there and help a good cause!

Ski areas around Colorado are introducing several new amenities and events to elevate the guest and group experience. Here are a few highlights from Ski Country USA.

 

Several organizations are collaborating on events from January through August 2019 for “celebrate bauhaus100: aspen,” which commemorates the impact of the Bauhaus art movement on Aspen. The theme “Our Legacy, Our Future/WorkPlay-Create” reflects Aspen’s Bauhaus heritage, primarily as it relates to Herbert Bayer, who was a student and a teacher at the Bauhaus, relocated to Aspen in 1946 to design the Aspen Institute and lived in the community until 1976.

 

The National Association of Catering & Events gathered on Sept. 11 at the Denver Botanic Gardens to commemorate the NACE’s 10th anniversary and provide a glimpse into the future. A panel of several founding members—Monica Cheeks of Hyatt Hotels, Cal Cheney of All Digital Photo & Video, Amanda Michalek of AORN and Brandi Pressgrove of Reckon Creative—discussed how the chapter got started, favorite programs from the past and how networking through NACE has helped grow their businesses and more.