Families will package 20,000 meals for local agencies
HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 19, 2017 – High Point University will host approximately 5,000 visitors during Family Weekend, Sept. 22-24. The annual fall event is a time for HPU students and families to experience together the university’s academic and cultural opportunities, as well as offerings throughout the city of High Point.
This year’s Family Weekend festivities follow the theme, “Celebrating Leadership, Innovation and Values.” HPU faculty will deliver a variety of TED-Talk style presentations designed to inform and inspire HPU parents and family members. The weekend will also include student performances, a research showcase, open houses and tours, a 5K fun run and other entertainment for registered guests.
Each year, Fall Family Weekend produces a significant economic boost to the city and the greater Triad area. Last year’s event provided an estimated economic impact of more than $1.5 million, according to the High Point Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.
Local businesses, including restaurants, shops and hotels, see an increase in traffic during HPU’s annual events and look forward to serving the families attending. The economic impact of the university, $500 million annually, is a vital source for businesses in the city.
“Family Weekend is one of my favorite High Point University events of the year. Not only is it a nice boost for business, but we also get to reconnect with the family members from around the country,” says Dave Nicolette, president of Giannos. “We develop relationships that last a long time, sometimes, from freshman orientation until graduation. We have many guests that make a point to have a reservation every time they come into town. We know them by name, and some don’t even need to ask for a menu, as they have been thinking about what they will order for several weeks.
“Our relationship with High Point University means that we get to watch many of these students grow up and become young adults entering the workforce. Students, faculty and families of HPU are always gracious and appreciative, and we welcome their visits. It’s a joy for us to work with HPU.”
There also will be an opportunity for families to give back to the High Point community. The Parents Council will host its semi-annual service project from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 23 in the Slane Student Center. In partnership with The Outreach Program, the project will involve packaging 20,000 meals for local agencies to distribute to families living with food insecurity in the High Point area.
HPU’s Family Weekend is just one of many events that bring visitors to the city of High Point each year. In the months of September and October, nearly 8,000 visitors will come to campus for Fall Family Weekend, Homecoming, open houses and athletic events. Annually, HPU welcomes more than 100,000 visitors for admissions, athletic, cultural and community events.