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40 Tons Donated So Far in 2017-2018 for Conventions C.A.R.E.

By Signature Boston

Signature Boston’s highly successful Conventions C.A.R.E. (Community Assistance by Responsible Events) program has collected and distributed roughly 40 tons of donated goods in fiscal year 2018. This number more than doubles the 18 tons of donated goods collected and distributed through the program in fiscal year 2017 and is largely due to the Orgill Annual Dealer Market and the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo.

In August, the BCEC hosted the Orgill Annual Dealer Market who worked with exhibitors and Signature Boston staff to donate 400 pallets of building material, at roughly 25 tons, to Habitat for Humanity. This generous donation allowed for the Boston Chapter of Habitat for Humanity to build an entire house. More recently, the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, held at the BCEC in November, worked with the Signature Boston team in donating 13 tons of building material and furniture to both Habitat for Humanity and the Gavin Foundation.

The Gavin Foundation, a longtime partner of Signature Boston and benefactor of the C.A.R.E program, specializes in substance abuse prevention, education, and recovery programs. “The [Massachusetts Convention Center Authority] has been a great community partner for us,” explained John McGahan, President and CEO of the Gavin Foundation. “These donations that come through the convention center allow us to operate at our full potential and truly make a difference in the community. With the most recent donation of furniture and appliances from the Greenbuild show, our team was able to fully furnish several rooms in our newest housing facility; an addition we were able to make thanks to dedicated community partners like the MCCA.”

Signature Boston’s Conventions C.A.R.E. Program, which debuted in 2010, has collected and donated more than 200 tons of goods to local nonprofits. Found out more about all the green building practices we offer at the BCEC and the Hynes. When it comes to running a convention center, green means much more than recycling.