VIBE Conference partnered once again with Children of Restaurant Employees (CORE) to raise an astounding $115,000 in support of hospitality employee’s children afflicted with life-threatening or life-altering circumstance.
Donate at www.COREgives.org
“CORE was beyond grateful to once again be the official charity of VIBE,” say Lauren LaViola, Executive Director of CORE. “This opportunity has proven to be CORE's biggest fundraising event year after year and we are so excited to share that CORE raised $115,000 throughout the event making 2015 a record year! Thank you to all of those that make VIBE possible and give us this amazing opportunity to spread CORE's message and raise money so that we can continue to Give Back to Our Own.”
The silent auction occurs annually at the VIBE Conference. Suppliers, Operators and other members of the Hospitality Industry donate items or services to be auctioned, and conference attendees have the opportunity to bid on these items.
“Vibe Conference is proud to support such a wonderful organization and recognizes CORE as the official charity of the event,” states Sharyn Iler, President, BSI Conferences, Inc. “We seek to significantly increase the amount we raise year after year.”
CORE is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization funded by donations from industry operators, suppliers, and distributors. The organization’s objective is to benefit the community of foodservice/hospitality employees, whether working full-time or part time, that make our industry tick. The organization was started by a small group of operators and suppliers in 2004 while at the NRA Show in Chicago. As of today CORE has helped children all across the country. 100% of the funds raised are used to fulfill a variety of needs and wishes for children of the hospitality industry’s workforce.
CORE’s charter directs that these funds are to be used to support “wishes” for children of restaurant employees who have been afflicted with life threatening illnesses or affected by a significant life-altering circumstance, to help them achieve their dreams in the midst of a heart-breaking journey. This may include anything from a visit to meet Grandparents they’ve never seen, or a dinner for the child and their family with Mickey Mouse or a Super Hero as a break from on-going chemo treatments, or to replace a wheelchair or other piece of equipment that may have been lost in a fire or a hurricane like Super Storm Sandy. CORE takes referrals and applications for support of these children and their families via their website, www.COREgives.org. Once chosen, each sponsored child and family is assigned an “aunt” or “uncle” from among the CORE Board of Directors to communicate with them, and to facilitate logistics and supplemental support. Please step up. We’re counting on you. They’re counting on you. They’re counting on CORE.