For the second consecutive year, DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers (P&IP) will serve as a title sponsor for PACK gives BACK™, coming to PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Pharma EXPO 2015 (Sept. 28–30; Las Vegas Convention Center) Sept. 28, reports show owner and producer PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies.
The annual fundraiser will feature recording artists Chicago, and a portion of ticket proceeds will support Fisher House Foundation and Nevada’s first Fisher House comfort home, which the Nevada Military Support Alliance is building in North Las Vegas.
“DuPont P&IP is extremely proud to once again support PACK gives BACK. In addition to the opportunity and forum for packaging leaders to network, attendees can show their support of our nations’ veterans for their unwavering commitment and dedication to this country,” says DeMond Chapman, North America Packaging Business Manager, P&IP. “We look forward to supporting veterans and their families through this event. We are indebted to the men and women who protect and defend our nation and the families who support them.”
Fisher House Foundation operates a network of 65 “comfort homes” around the world—lodging, provided free of charge, to families of service members and veterans in treatment at nearby military and VA hospital facilities. Construction on the Nevada Fisher House, located on the grounds of the Veterans Administration’s Southern Nevada Healthcare System campus, began in March.
In 2014 alone, Fisher House Foundation programs served more than 25,000 military families, saving them over $47 million in expenses for lodging, food, and transportation. In addition to the comfort homes, Fisher House Foundation operates the Hero Miles program, which uses donated frequent flyer miles to bring families to the bedsides of injured service members and Hotels for Heroes, which helps pay for their hotel stays, and it offers a grant program and scholarship funds.
“PACK gives BACK has become a signature PACK EXPO experience,” says Charles D. Yuska, President and CEO, PMMI. “It’s where the people of the processing and packaging supply chain come together for a good cause. This year, we will help active and retired service members undergoing treatment in the Las Vegas metropolitan area. The city of Las Vegas has been a true partner in our success here over the past 20 years, so it’s a special honor to contribute to the area’s first Fisher House.”
Now in its 48th year, Chicago is the first American rock band to chart Top 40 albums in six decades, producing hit after hit like “Saturday in the Park,” “Baby What a Big Surprise,” “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” and 18 other Top 10 singles. The band’s debut album, “Chicago Transit Authority,” is in the GRAMMY Hall of Fame, and Billboard magazine lists Chicago at 13 on its list of Top 100 Artists of All Time, the highest charting American band.
“Networking and entertaining customers are important parts of any trade show event, but what sets PACK gives BACK apart is that it’s a chance to make a difference in the world,” Yuska says. “The success we’ve had with it over the last few years is a testament to the spirit and generosity of the PACK EXPO community.”
Tickets for PACK gives BACK are only available to registered PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Pharma EXPO 2015 attendees and exhibitors, and can be purchased through the registration portal at packexpolasvegas.com. Cost is $100 per person ($90 per person for groups of 10 or more). Doors open at 4 p.m. for networking and light hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, and soft drinks, and Chicago takes the stage at 5 p.m.