Orange County Convention Center Events Donate More Than $1.9 Million to Local Charities in 2012

While the Orange County Convention Center is known for providing an economic boost to the Central Florida community, it is also a major source of donations for several of the area's charitable organizations. In 2012, it's estimated more than $1.9 million in goods and services were donated to local organizations by visiting conventions and tradeshows and their exhibitors and attendees.

More than four dozen visiting shows made donations that included nearly 300,000 pounds of food to local food banks, more than $200,000 in educational supplies and grants and more than $100,000 in building supplies and products.

"We're very proud of all the conventions and shows that choose to make a donation to one of our local charities," said Kathie Canning, the convention center's executive director. "It's great to see our visitors are providing a positive economic impact to our community not only by spending locally, but also giving locally."

About The Orange County Convention Center The Orange County Convention Center is the second largest convention facility in the country. Each year OCCC brings more than 200 events to the Central Florida area. As a result, roughly 1.4 million attendees contribute approximately $1.9 billion to the area's economic impact each year. For more information about the Orange County Convention Center visit our Web site at