SITE and Meeting Incentive Experts donate 1,500 back packs with school supplies during the 2017 SITE Classic in Los Cabos, Mexico
Meeting Incentive Experts in partnership with Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) and 23 Classic participants, donated 1,500 backpacks with school supplies to all students of Leonardo Gastelum Elementary school (750 attend the morning session and 750 attend the afternoon session). The faculty are trying to make the school a place of refuge where children feel proud and can further their education. Due to the lack of government services, the teachers do not receive funding to support supplies, technology, cleaning, storage, extracurricular activities, etc. The children attending Leonardo Gastelum Elementary school are from lower, working class families such as maids, taxi cab drivers, construction workers and gardeners.
“There is great importance of supporting these children with limited resources so they can fulfill their dreams as they are the future ambassadors of the destination” Ms. Nemeth said. The school was selected due to the increase in classroom size and need of the community, which, was greatly affected by Tropical Storm Lidia 2 weeks prior.
Huellas de Pan Kids Receive Bicycles
Corporate Social responsibility for many companies is a fundamental part of their activities. Recently, a Fortune 500 USA software company during their annual incentive program in Riviera Maya organized by Meeting Incentive Experts Mexico DMC, gathered its attendees to participate in team building activities while supporting the Cancun community.
In each of the challenges, participants played in teams to win parts of a bicycle. Parts earned were used to build 20 bicycles that were donated to the children of the association of Huellas de Pan which works to provide education, food and security for vulnerable families in the urban area of Cancun. The bikes were donated on Saturday, May 30 to 20 children with the highest grades.
GFS Canada Supports Los Cabos School After Hurricane Odile
Every year Gordon Food Service supports a local community in Mexico during their annual Incentive Program. In January, 2015, the donation was in Los Cabos where a local school in San Jose del Cabo received more than two thousand dollars ($2,000.00 USD) in books.
On September 14, 2014 hurricane Odile caused great impact on the school’s library and Gordon Food Service, with the assistance of Meeting Incentive Experts, created the idea to provide new English books to the students. In addition, the individual participants elected to bring school supplies from their homes in Canada to further assist the CSR program.
Gordon Food Service held a breakfast meeting at their hotel prior to delivering the books and the supplies to the school where the school principal gave an emotional speech, showing before and after videos of hurricane Odile and expressed many needs that still need to be addressed. Upon the arriving to the school, the participants were welcomed by the students and their parents with music and posters made by the children expressing thanks to Gordon Food Service.
Because of this generous donation, the students of Institute International Libertad and future generations will have the possibility to continue learning English. Thank you Gordon Food Service.
Raza de Bronce Receives New Library
Corporate Social Responsibility has become a top priority for many corporations conducting Meetings and Incentives in Cancun, Mexico. Gordon Food Service (GFS) has consistently supported Mexico throughout various destinations (Cancun, Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta) by incorporating a CSR program within their group itinerary. The fortunate students of Raze de Bronze school recently received a library with over 850 books in addition to playground equipment from GFS.
Hundreds of students from Raza de Bronze received GFS executives with a welcome ceremony including thank you banners and performances of traditional Mexican songs and dances. Thank you Heather Connelly and GFS!
Cancun Playground CSR Creates Big Smiles
Family Video again supports the local Cancun community by supplying Rio Hondo school with an entire playground and basketball court that the school did not have. This promoted not only additional interaction amongst the students, but health and activity for the entire school. In addition, participants that attended the Family Video program donated school and art supplies, sports equipment and uniforms to the school. Meeting Incentive Experts and Family Video additional contributed to finalize the playground landscaping by adding gravel around the playground structures. This CSR program was the 3rd time that Family Video and Meeting Incentive Experts partnered together to give back to the local community. Thank you Heather Hanrahan and Family Video!
Another Successful MIE CSR Program
On August 15, 2014, Cintas Corporation donated backpacks filled with school supplies to 850 students at the Raza de Bronce elementary school in Cancun, Mexico with support from GMR Marketing (GMR) and the Cancun destination management company, Meeting Incentive Experts (MIE). This social responsibility initiative is part of the annual Cintas President’s Club program, an incentive program for Cintas sales employee-partners produced by GMR in partnership with Cintas since 2009.
Cintas introduced this social responsibility initiative to the reward trip last year when by donating 500 backpacks filled with school supplies to the students of a local elementary school in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Inspired by the success of last year’s initiative and the emotional outpouring from the students and their families, Cintas was compelled to expand the program by lending support to another area school this year. When this year’s beneficiary school, Raza de Bronce, was identified to have over 800 students, Cintas did not hesitate to nearly double their efforts from the previous year to provide backpacks and supplies to the entire student body. While education in Mexico is government funded, the funding is not adequate to cover all of a school’s needs. Often this burden falls to the students’ parents, who most often are not in a financial position to take on the burden. Cintas’ donation of school supplies relieves some of that burden and helps promote pride in education in the young students of Mexico.
In addition to the school supplies, Cintas donated sports equipment including a dozen each of volley balls, soccer balls and basketballs along with soccer goals. MIE and GMR were also inspired to participate in the philanthropy. They, along with Cintas, donated funds to purchase multiple truckloads of gravel to refurbish the school yard and they hired cleaning and plumbing crews to restore the school’s neglected restrooms to full working order. Lastly, MIE donated popsicles to the students helping to keep the children cool on a very warm August day.
Adam Lawhorne, CEO of MIE says, “MIE is proud to assist our partners in providing the local community of Cancun with valuable resources to assist in furthering education while eliminating the economic impact on local families.”
Raza de Bronce’s Principal Hector Garcia thanked Cintas, MIE and GMR on the day of the donation saying, “Words cannot describe how grateful we all are for today’s donation. No one has done something so generous for this school that I can remember in the history of my career.”
GORDON FOOD SERVICE (GFS) and MIE Cancun Pack for School CSR Program
The Raza de Bronce school in Cancun was very fortunate to have GFS and MIE invest in social responsibility to their alumni, which will encourage student retention and support the family economics in Cancun public schools through the delivery of much needed school supplies. This social responsibility strategy will promote equity education in the state of Quintana Roo, having substantial effects on learning and student development.
RAZA DE BRONCE was founded in 2004 as an elementary school with only operation in the afternoon. Currently, the school has grades 1-6 with 407 student’s ages 6-12 registered for the 2013-2014 school year.
The families and children who utilize the public schools in Mexico come from a mix of lower income families. The government in Mexico only supplies school infrastructure and teacher salaries, which require the schools to seek
cooperation and resources of the parents to provide food, school supplies, backpacks and uniforms to students. Research findings indicated that most of the differences in student learning and graduation are due to socioeconomic factors.
This generous program which GFS helped fund and large donation scope will teach the value of giving to those in need while promoting educational achievement and success.
Building a library in Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen, Mexico school receives donation, books, encyclopedias, book cases and creates a library. Meeting Incentive Experts (MIE) partners with one of the largest video rental companies to initiate the campus library, which will be permanent for future generations of students. “We built an importat missing piece at Maestro Mexicano School (a library). Our client donated book cases and a new drinking fountain while the participants donated more than 300 books, art supplies and sport uniforms for the students”, said Amanda Nemeth, president of MIE. MIE assisted with purchasing, logistics and installation, in addition to arranging 45 top students to be honored during the conference meeting with attendees at Paradisus Playa del Carmen.
Meeting Incentive Experts CSR in Playa del Carmen
MIE partners with President Club winners from a fortune five hundred company to provide 450 backpacks and school supplies for maestro Mexicano School in Playa del Carmen. Adam Lawhorne, CEO of Meeting Incentive Experts also helped coordinate new plumbing, fixtures & bathroom accessories for the school. Along with client’s marketing partner who supplied 35 gallons of paint and painting supplies to refresh the school prior to classes starting on Monday. Maestro Mexicano school was selected by Christopher Villafana, MIE Cancun account manager along with Gabriel Florero, MIE Cancun manager. MIE managed logistics for 35 executives to deliver the pack packs and school supplies and ice pops donated by MIE. This philanthropy program made a huge difference in the community of Playa del Carmen México. “MIE is committed to helping our friends in México whenever we can”, Adam Lawhorne, CEO of MIE.
Meeting Incentive Experts creates “FEET FIRST” Humanitarian Program in Cancun Mexico
Adam Lawhorne, CEO (CITE) of Meeting Incentive Experts, and Heather Connelly, Marketing Manager for GFS Canada, (Gordon Food Service) organized a Humanitarian program in Cancun Mexico at the Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun All Inclusive. Participating school children attend the Raza de Bronce School in Cancun. GFS Canada division donated 77 pairs of shoes and presented over 40 children with school materials and toothbrushes during there 2011 attendance of the Winners Circle Incentive program in Cancun Mexico. The children were transferred (courtesy of Meeting Incentive Experts) from their school to the resort via a deluxe motor coach. Upon arrival, they were greeted with a standing ovation of applause and then seated in a unique Mayan venue. Breakfast was served for the children and attendees of GFS (hosted by the Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun All Inclusive resort). Gabriel Florero, Manager of MIE Cancun, and Jose Caballero coordinated the logistics with the Secretary of Education in Cancun for the school selection while Meeting Incentive Experts took care of the request to over 100 attendees to donate a pair of shoes for the 3rd and 4th grade students. Attendees and children were pre-matched for distribution. Thank you GFS Canada for all of your support!
Meeting Incentive Experts Humanitarian Program In Los Cabos Mexico
Adam Lawhorne organized Humanitarian program in Los Cabos Mexico with Hospital Especialidades in Los Cabos with well-known Dr Ken Stein plastic surgeon from Chicago. Dr Stein has donated his time for surgery to assist Los Cabos Mexico during October and November at the hospital Especialidades. Dr Stein has had provided his assistance in Guatemala and Asia and is committed to assisting countries in need of plastic surgeries. Dr Kenneth Stein is a partner of Meeting Incentive Experts and looks forward to assisting The Society of Incentive Travel Executives with Humanitarian projects in the near future.
Promotional assistance has been provided by: The Sheraton Hacienda Del Mar Los Cabos and The Melia San Lucas and Cabo Mil Radio, Logistics and Air transportation provided by Meeting Incentive Experts.