VIBE Conference Raises More Than $54 Thousand For CORE

VIBE Conference, the industry’s #1 forum for top-tier on-premise executives and their supplier partners, partnered for the third time with Children of Restaurant Employees (CORE) to raise $54,200 in support of hospitality employee’s children afflicted with life-threatening or life-altering circumstance. (Donate at

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“We are all very happy and excited that the VIBE Conference has selected CORE, as a charity they have chosen to support. This year marks the third year of our relationship and the exposure that we receive from the center stage at VIBE, along with the silent auction space they provide, enables us to spread the word about CORE. We raised a significant amount of money at VIBE again this year and certainly feel that the relationship has enabled us to broaden our reach in the industry. We look forward to growing this relationship next year at the 2014 VIBE Conference,” sates Joe Smith, CORE Chairman.

The Silent Auction at VIBE is one of the largest fundraisers for CORE. The event occurs annually at the VIBE Conference and the 2013 Silent Auction took place in Las Vegas, NV from March 20-21. 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. This year over 65 items were auctioned off. Some big ticket items included: two six day/six night African Safari for two, a four night Disney Cruise for four people, Peyton Manning autographed photograph, two VIP backstage tickets to the Mayhem Tour or UPROAR Festival, a weekend stay in Boston or San Diego and many more.  

“Being the official charity of VIBE has really helped to grow CORE's awareness in the industry and has become such a wonderful platform each year to bring attention to what we do and why we do it. We raised 150% more at this year's Silent Auction than at last year's and feel as though this number will only continue to rise with our exposure at VIBE for years to come. All of us at CORE are incredibly grateful and humbled for the opportunity to be involved with such a wonderful event,” Lauren LaViola, Executive Director, CORE said.

In addition to the silent auction, which raised over $30 thousand, gift cards won at the event were donated back to CORE totaling $3,700, the Hoppy Hour at Todd English Pub raised $7,500, VIBE Conference donated $2,500 and there were two corporate donations for $7,500.

“Vibe Conference is proud to support such a wonderful organization and recognizes CORE as the official charity of the event. It’s heart-warming to see the on-premise beverage industry have such a commitment to giving back and understanding that every member at every company matters, from top to bottom,” states Sharyn Iler, President, BSI Conferences, Inc. “We seek to significantly increase the amount we raise each 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. 

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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,  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.


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