Families packaged 20,000 meals for local agencies
HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 6, 2017 – High Point University welcomed more than 5,000 visitors to campus for its annual Winter Family Weekend on Feb. 3-5.
The event brought a positive economic impact to High Point and the greater Triad as families – many from out-of-state – stayed, dined and shopped at local hotels, restaurants and retail stores.
The High Point Convention and Visitors Bureau estimates that Winter Family Weekend generated an economic impact of $1,550,206.00 for the city. The economic impact of the university, $465 million annually, is a vital source for businesses in the city.
The university also partnered with Meals of Hope and provided an opportunity for visiting families and their students to serve the High Point community through a meal packaging event.
“As an institution that seeks to model values each day for our students, there is no greater opportunity than our Family Weekend Service Project to engage students and their families in giving back to the communities that surround High Point University,” said Erica Burroughs, director of family engagement. “During the event hosted by the HPU Parents Council, families packaged 20,000 non-perishable meals to be distributed by our community partners to local families experiencing food insecurity.”
The weekend also offered a lecture series, entertainment, festivities, a University Update with HPU President Nido Qubein and more for students and their families.
Photos of the weekend’s events can be found here.