Families packaged 20,000 meals for local agencies
HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 25, 2017 – High Point University welcomed approximately 5,000 visitors during Fall Family Weekend on 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.
Fall Family Weekend produced a significant economic boost to the city and the greater Triad area, providing 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, saw an increase in traffic during HPU’s annual events. The economic impact of the university, $500 million annually, is a vital source for businesses in the city.
Families also took time to give back to the High Point community. The Parents Council hosted its semiannual service project on Sept. 23 in the Slane Student Center. The project involved packaging 20,000 meals for local agencies to distribute to families living with food insecurity in the High Point area.
“For the fourth consecutive Family Weekend, hundreds of High Point University families came together to show the local community that the university is committed to serving those experiencing food insecurity,” says Erica Burroughs, director of family engagement at HPU. “Hosted by the Parents Council and sponsored in part by the BlueScope Foundation, this event will allow Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church to distribute 20,000 meals to various organizations within the community.”
This year’s Family Weekend festivities followed the theme, “Celebrating Leadership, Innovation and Values.” HPU faculty delivered a variety of TED-Talk style presentations designed to inform and inspire HPU parents and family members. The weekend also included student performances, a research showcase, open houses and tours, a 5K fun run and other entertainment for guests.
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.