Families packaged 20,000 meals to be distributed to those affected by Hurricane Florence and witnessed the historic groundbreaking of the Nido and Mariana Qubein Arena, Conference Center and Hotel
HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 24, 2018 – High Point University welcomed nearly 5,000 family members to campus for an annual Fall Family Weekend that celebrated historic campus growth and offered opportunities to make an impact both locally and across the state.
The weekend treated students and family members to performances, a research showcase, tours, a 5K fun run and worship services. They also attended a university update from HPU President Nido Qubein, which included the announcement of a $30,000 donation by HPU to the American Red Cross to support relief efforts for Hurricane Florence.
Families also had the opportunity to meet an immediate tangible need for those impacted by the hurricane. The Parents Council hosted a service project in partnership with Meals of Hope in which participants packaged 20,000 meals of nonperishable food for local agencies to distribute to families affected by the storm.
In addition to campus events, guests explored the city of High Point and the greater Triad area, bringing an increase in traffic to local hotels, retail shops, restaurants and more.
Fall Family Weekend has an estimated economic impact of more than $1.5 million, according to the High Point Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.
Suzanne Kulwicki with Carolina’s Diner in High Point says it’s one of the busiest weekends of the year and that extra staff were on hand to accommodate the large crowds.
“We absolutely love our HPU students and really appreciate their patronage throughout the school year,” said Kulwicki. “We especially enjoy seeing them with their family and friends on Family Weekend because it gives us a chance to meet new family members, visit with returning families and feel as though we are also a small part of their family here in High Point.”
HPU families and others also joined together to experience a significant milestone with the groundbreaking of the Nido and Mariana Qubein Arena, Conference Center and Hotel. More than 2,000 people gathered in celebration of the $120 million project, which will house the men’s and women’s NCAA Division I basketball programs and serve as a venue for major events, speakers, concerts, entertainment, academic symposia and recreational activities in years to come.
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. The economic impact of the university, $500 million annually, is a vital source for businesses in High Point and the Triad.