On Friday July 24, 2015, members of the National Association of Concessionaires (NAC) gathered on the last day of their annual Concession & Hospitality Expo at the Duke Energy Convention Center (DECC) in Cincinnati, Ohio to pack up a massive amount of products that their members featured on the trade show floor during the week. The concession food products were donated to the USO of Central and Southern Ohio to supply the USO lounge at Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG).
A team of USO volunteers lead by Kathy Williams, Volunteer Coordinator/Center Manager at CVG, met the NAC crew at DECC to load the products on trucks.
Williams expressed her gratitude for the contribution, “On behalf of myself and the volunteer staff, I would like to thank you for your donation of the enormous amount of items to the USO at CVG. These items will go a long way in sustaining our facility.”
In 2014, the USO at CVG welcomed over 21,000 military, retirees and their family members. The lounges provide a place for them to access the internet, watch television or just relax and enjoy a snack served with a smile from one of the volunteers.
“There’s no question that these men and women appreciate the snacks and other amenities that are provided at the lounges,” added Williams.
Each year, companies who exhibit their products at the annual trade show donate unused product to the NAC Community Outreach Program that has become a mainstay of the Expo. Many of the generous companies send extra cases of product over and above what they use on the trade show floor to ensure a bountiful harvest for local chapters of the USO.
Additionally, volunteers from NAC member companies meet on Thursday night and Friday morning to gather and pack the supplies. An individually signed note is include with the donation that reads, “On behalf of a grateful nation, please accept our thanks for your service and dedication. May your days be safe. Thank you. National Association of Concessionaires”