The Virginia Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) continues to focus on giving back to the local community and takes every opportunity to do so. Here is an update of our recent initiatives and ones to come.
Last month the CVB hosted its annual M&C FAM event. On the list of planned activities was a Give Back Marketplace, an event where attendees and local stakeholders work together for the good of an organization. Every year the CVB finds a cause indigenous to our area to support. This year two non-profits were selected: Surfer’s Healing Virginia Beach, an organization that provides the unique therapy of surfing to children with autism and their families, and the FoodBank of Southeastern Virginia & the Eastern Shore.
The Give Back Marketplace incorporated members from more than a dozen local industry partners and city departments who assisted our attendees in creating essential kits for surf campers. Each partner hosted a table with 100 items, including products such as sunblock and water bottles, which they donated, including the CVB who sponsored the purchase of 100 backpacks, branded with our “One Beach – One World” logo. Similar to speed dating, the Marketplace is kept moving with an indicator for when the attendee needs to move on to the next table where a lively exchange took place while he/she collected additional items for the kit. By the end of the 45 minute period 100 bags had been assembled.
In addition to the Marketplace endeavor, a food drive challenge was also conducted among partners to benefit the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore. Collectively, participants and attendees donated 495 pounds of food to Foodbank with The Founders Inn being the winning partner by donating 140 pounds of food.
Following the Give Back Marketplace, guests were led on a LEED Gold progressive lunch tour of the Virginia Beach Convention Center. The tour incorporated all of the efforts that are in place to earn such distinction including a trip to the on-site garden where the chef cut fresh herbs and demonstrated the making of his signature salad dressing, which was served during lunch.