Discover The Palm Beaches and Partners Support Place of Hope During Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Auction proceeds will benefit Florida’s largest and most comprehensive children and families organization based in Palm Beach County

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 12, 2021) -- January 2021 is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. To help support this cause, Discover The Palm Beaches (DTPB) in partnership with PCMA Convening Leaders, invites everyone to participate in an online auction where 100 percent of the proceeds will go toward supporting the local organization Place of Hope. Health, safety, and wellness have been causes that the official marketing organization of Palm Beach County has supported in many ways for several years. It’s only natural that Place of Hope, south Florida's largest and most comprehensive children and families organization, which provides housing and support services for those who have suffered abuse, neglect, abandonment, and human trafficking, is this year’s beneficiary.  
 
“All aspects of health, safety, and wellness within our communities and beyond, have been an ongoing pillar of DTPB’s mission particularly since the onset of the pandemic,” said Jorge Pesquera, president, and CEO of DTPB.  “We are delighted to partner with local contributors who feel the same way, to help bring a little bit of The Palm Beaches to those who choose to help support this wonderful cause.”
 
Interested parties can browse online at http://discoverpb.givesmart.com/ and bid on products and experiences representative of Palm Beach County, including an original art piece by a local fine artist, bestselling author, and TED speaker Camilla Webster. Other items up for bid include a two-night stay with breakfast and valet parking at the Hilton West Palm Beach, a one-night stay with breakfast included at The Ben, a one-night stay with parking at Eau Palm Beach, a Lynora’s Market gourmet gift box, with James Patterson autographed book, “The Chef”, a Boca Raton Resort and Spa Golf Kit, and more.
The auction will be a highlight of the highly anticipated PCMA Convening Leaders Conference, during which Discover The Palm Beaches, an Official Network Partner, will be hosting a live event to complement the virtual conference, taking place January 13-15, 2021. The auction will close on January 13, 2021, at 3:45 p.m. and the winner will be announced live at the Palm Beach County Convention Center (the winner does not need to be present to win).
 
In addition to providing an original art piece for bid at the auction, Webster will be a speaker at the hybrid virtual and live event where she will host, “The Art of the Pivot”. Webster will guide participants through pivoting in the creative process to uncover creative solutions for any challenge.
 
“We are living in a new paradigm where challenging changes and uncertainty are the new normal,” commented Webster. “Everyone has to pivot, or risk being left behind, maybe even irrelevant. The art of seeing is the great gift of artists and creative thinkers everywhere and I hope that comes across in my presentation.”
 
In addition to helping DTPB, Place of Hope and PCMA put an end to human trafficking, those participating live in PCMA Convening Leaders will see first-hand what makes the destination meetings-ready. The Palm Beaches’ offer diversity without the density amid an array of meeting spaces for all tastes and budgets, ranging from the 350,000-square-foot, GBAC STARTM Accredited Convention Center in downtown West Palm Beach, with its attached hotel and more than 1,200 rooms within walking distance, to historic landmark hotels and more than 200 cultural institutions that have earned it the moniker of Florida’s Cultural Capital®.
 
DTPB’s Destination Champions program will also be on full display during the three-day hybrid event and a great example of the opportunities that exist for meeting planners to give their events a local Palm Beaches feel.  DTPB works closely with its community of local, talented vendors, speakers, and service professionals to give attendees – at an in-person, hybrid, or virtual meeting – an immersive experience from the destination. From guest speakers, such as Camilla Webster, to corporate social responsibility opportunities and health and wellness breaks, to cultural experiences provided by the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County and custom food and beverage options, the strong network of community vendors and subject matter experts is positioned to be a top asset for meeting planners looking to plan events in The Palm Beaches.
 
About Discover The Palm Beaches
Discover The Palm Beaches, formerly the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau, is the official 501(c)(6) not-for-profit tourism marketing organization that promotes the collection of 39 cities and towns commonly referred to as “The Palm Beaches,” which spans more than 2,300 square miles and 47 miles of pristine, golden beaches from Boca Raton to Jupiter and Tequesta. Tourism is among Palm Beach County’s major industries, generating $4.8 billion in direct visitor spending and supporting 70,000 jobs with an economic impact of more than $7 billion. Once recognized as a tropical escape for elite travelers in the late 1800s, America’s First Resort Destination® is making its resurgence as The Best Way To Experience Florida®, welcoming a record-breaking 8.02 million people in 2018. The Palm Beaches are home to more than 17,000 hotel rooms, ranging from historic resorts to boutique inns. The destination features more than 100 family-friendly attractions, world-class luxury and antique shopping experiences, 125 miles of peaceful waterways for on- or in-the-water activities, 160 artificial reefs that line the Atlantic Ocean’s Gulf Stream current, 160 golf courses, award-winning restaurants, and a thriving entertainment scene boasting more than 200 art and culture organizations.
 
Situated along I-95, The Palm Beaches are also home to Palm Beach International Airport (PBI), with more than 200 daily direct flights to 34 domestic and international destinations in the United States and Canada. The Palm Beaches are also conveniently located next to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood and Miami International airports, each one only an hour away. In addition, with the Virgin Trains USA (formerly known as Brightline), transportation into The Palm Beaches from Fort Lauderdale and Miami is even faster and more convenient – with an additional connection to Orlando coming soon.
 
For more information about The Palm Beaches, visit www.ThePalmBeaches.com and connect on social media via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @PalmBeachesFL, YouTube at Discover The Palm Beaches, and the hashtag #ThePalmBeaches. Tune-in to The Palm Beaches TV for 24/7 streaming content of the destination’s hotels, attractions, restaurants, and experiences. 
 
MEDIA CONTACT:
Lindsey Wiegmann
Director, Public Relations & Social Media
Discover The Palm Beaches
[email protected]
Office: 561-233-3030