Helen Brett Enterprises, producers of the New Orleans Gift and Jewelry Show, designated their August show as a collection point for donations to South Louisiana residents recently affected by catastrophic flooding.
HBE generously provided donors with a voucher for a free guest badge, as a “thank you” for donating. Attendees donated 12,140 pounds of non-perishable food items, personal toiletries, cleaning supplies, and bottled water.
Freeman Decorating Company volunteered their services to load the items into two trucks and transport them to Second Harvest Food Bank of New Orleans and Acadiana, where the items will be transferred to their distribution channels in the affected areas.
“All of us at Helen Brett Enterprisers are humbled by our attendee’s and exhibitor’s giving spirit. We started off with the idea of doing a small part in helping an area that has supported us for so many years and we are completely inspired by the generosity of our loyal customers, the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center staff, Freeman and the onsite team from Helen Brett Enterprises. Our thoughts and prayers are with those in need right now,” said Brett Kolinek, CEM, president, Helen Brett Enterprises.
With 1.1 million square feet of contiguous exhibit space, an award winning staff and first class amenities, the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center is the sixth largest convention center in the nation, a consistent Top 10 host of the largest number of conventions and tradeshows annually, and one of the city’s “Top Workplaces.” A leading rainmaker of the city’s hospitality industry, MCCNO event activity has produced $50.03 billion in economic impact since its 1985 opening, including $3.12 billion in new tax revenue.