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MPI Foundation raises $335k during IMEX America

The Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Foundation has set a new record, raising more than $335,000 during IMEX America in Las Vegas this week.

The money was generated from an industry leaders wine auction as well as through ticket sales, bungalow and cabana sponsorships and the support of host sponsors Caesars Entertainment and the IMEX Group for Rendezvous, the IMEX America Night.

Rendezvous had more than 2,000 people in attendance – an increase of 25 percent over last year. In comparison, last year the foundation raised more than $190,000 from Rendezvous ticket sales and there were more than 1,600 people in attendance. Note, the MPI Foundation did not host the wine auction or offer cabana and bungalow sponsorships during IMEX America last year.

The MPI Foundation Wine Auction was held the evening of Oct.11 at The Wheelhouse at The LINQ, and was an invitation-only event for MPI and MPI Foundation leaders and volunteers. Rendezvous, the IMEX America Night was held on Wednesday evening, Oct. 14, at Drai’s, a lavish indoor and outdoor club located on the rooftop of The Cromwell, a Caesars Entertainment property. Funds raised from both events will be invested in scholarships, grants and pan-industry research – all of which help secure the future success of the meeting and event industry.

The Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Foundation fuels the growth and advancement of MPI members by providing professional development and career opportunities through grants and scholarships. The not-for-profit organization also propels the meeting and event industry forward by funding important and quality research initiatives. For more information, visit www.mpiweb.org/foundation.

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is the largest and most vibrant global meeting and event industry association. The organization provides innovative and relevant education, networking opportunities and business exchanges, and acts as a prominent voice for the promotion and growth of the industry. MPI membership is comprised of approximately 18,500 members belonging to more than 80 chapters and clubs in 22 countries. For additional information or to join, visit www.mpiweb.org.

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