In Colorado, we are extremely fortunate to have 13 national and local member organizations affiliated with the meetings and events industry that team up to support two community service initiatives and deliver one annual conference through the Meetings Industry Council of Colorado. We have heard many times that this type of unification is truly unique and no other organization like it exists in the United States.
The most recent effort was MIC’s 25th Annual Serving Up Hope Luncheon on Nov. 6, 2018 at Denver Mart, with funds raised for Food Bank of the Rockies’ Denver’s Table program exceeding $24,000. In addition, approximately 14,700 meals were donated day-of by attendees, resulting in an overall total of 114,210 meals.
An additional element of the Serving Up Hope event is the annual food drive competition between the 13 MIC organizations. Awards for the most food donated per member were given to the Christian Meetings & Conventions Association (CMCA) for the organization with less than 125 members and Colorado Society of Association Executives (CSAE) for the organization with more than 125 members.
A total of 710 industry professionals from around the state registered for Serving Up Hope to sample mouthwatering appetizers, exquisite entrées and delectable desserts prepared by chefs from local hotels and restaurants. A panel of three judges awarded prizes in three categories to the best entries served at the 15 food stations, including Best Appetizer to Punch Bowl Social for pork pate; Best Entrée to Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel (Fifty 300) for scallops; and Best Dessert to Lucky Strike for toffee bread pudding. The People’s Choice award, as voted on by the attendees, went to Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel (Fifty 300). Winners received an award tile with artwork designed by Andrea Chavez, who is a member of the Food Bank of the Rockies Kids’ Cafe.
Nearly everything is donated for the event, and 100 percent of the proceeds benefit Food Bank of the Rockies and its Denver’s Table program.
Next up is the 19th annual MIC of Colorado Educational Conference and Trade Show on March 12-13, 2019 at the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver. Register by Feb. 13 to take advantage of early-bird rates. The three primary keynotes have been announced, and you can take a glance at the schedule online. Don’t forget to raid your closets for never-used miniature toiletries collected from hotels or purchase full-sized items and bring them to the MIC Conference for the organization’s Serving Up Soap community service initiative.
The conference is part of Colorado’s Meetings Week, which kicks off on March 11 at 6 p.m. with the 13th annual Colorado Meetings + Events Best of 2019 awards celebration and 12th annual Hall of Fame induction. The event will be held at Mile High Station and its new sister property Ironworks, both historic beauties in Denver. Online registration for Best of Colorado will be available soon.
Mark your calendar for three days of terrific networking during Meetings Week while also learning and celebrating the vibrant meetings and events industry in Colorado! Hope to see you there.