HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 26, 2018 – High Point University will host approximately 5,000 visitors during Winter Family Weekend, Feb. 2-4. The annual winter 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.
Each year, Winter 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.
“We always see an influx of business during Family Weekends, or any other major event at HPU,” says Tim Carter, owner of Carter Brothers Barbecue Restaurant. “Every year, when we see new families come in, we strike up a friendship with them and bond over the things they love about HPU, like the energy and atmosphere on campus. We tell them about the connection between the High Point community and HPU, because we’re proud to be a business that works closely with the university.”
This year’s Family Weekend festivities include a variety of interactive classroom sessions led by faculty and presentations designed to inform and inspire HPU parents and family members. The weekend will also include student performances, a research showcase, tours and other entertainment for registered guests.
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 Feb. 3 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.
“For the fifth consecutive Family Weekend, hundreds of HPU family members will show the local community that the university is committed to serving those experiencing food insecurity,” says Erica Burroughs, director of family engagement at HPU. “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 HPU.”
HPU’s Family Weekend is just one of many events that bring visitors to the city of High Point each year. In the coming months, thousands of visitors will come to campus for, open houses, athletic events and Commencement. Annually, HPU welcomes more than 100,000 visitors for admissions, athletic, cultural and community events.