ADS’ Warrior Expo Turns Dining Out into Helping Out for the USO
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (August 10, 2015) – ADS, Inc. provided more than exhibit space and brand awareness to one of its partner non-profit organizations at the company’s widely attended Warrior Expo this July. ADS developed the Dining for a Purpose program as a special project that involves partnering with select local restaurants to raise funds for the USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia (USO HRCV).
The concept of the program was to direct Warrior Expo attendees and exhibitors to the selected establishments that have agreed to donate 10 percent of the proceeds from their visit to the USO HRCV. With more than 2,000 customers and 300 vendors in attendance, over the course of two days, the dollars added up to more than $2000 being donated to the USO HRCV.
“We are pretty thrilled with the outcome of this program,” said Deborah Gries, ADS’ Corporate Social Responsibility Coordinator. “I like to think that this type of program gives the community a better understanding of who we are as a company. We love our community and we love the military because we are part of the community and many of our employees come from the military or military families. We are lucky that we can give back to the people we care about.”
The donated funds will go toward supporting the USO HRCV’s mission to “lift the spirits of America’s troops and their families by enhancing the quality of life and public support for our armed services with offerings that might not otherwise be affordable or available to them.” This includes service centers that provide assistance and outreach for military members and their families as well as numerous events such as the USO Warrior Week, Military Appreciation Day at the Virginia Zoo and the annual USO Holiday Party.
The money raised during this year’s program will go towards funding the operational costs of USO HRCV’s 11 welcome centers in the area which touch the lives of more than 450,000 active duty military and their family members each year. Based on the success of this year’s inaugural run, the program will most certainly be implemented at next year’s Warrior Expo with plans on expanding it to the West Coast show in San Diego. The Dining For a Purpose program is just one of the ways ADS works with its partner non-profit organizations. Participating non-profits are showcased at Warrior Expo as well as ADS’ participation and support for various events throughout the year.
ABOUT ADS ADS Inc. is a leading solutions provider that proudly serves all branches of the U.S. Military, federal, state and local government organizations, law enforcement agencies, first responders, partner nations and the defense industry. The company is focused on solving its customers’ challenges through the largest product and service offerings, the broadest array of procurement and contract options, world-class support and logistics solutions and legendary customer service. Please visit the ADS website at www.adsinc.com.
ABOUT THE USO OF HAMPTON ROADS AND CENTRAL VIRGINIA The USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia is a non-governmental, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that depends on corporate and individual support to fund its programs and services. While it is affiliated with USO Inc. in Arlington, VA., it receives no operational funding from its parent organization. In order to maintain our centers and provide our programs, it is imperative that we maintain a strong sponsor relationship with our local business, civic organizations, and community stakeholders. We also rely heavily on individual contributions and volunteers from our very supportive local communities.