Tampa, FL (June 8, 2012) Tampa has “Heard of Moose?” for several months, and soon local residents will find out what the organization is really about. On Friday, June 29, Moose members will host an Open House during the International Moose Convention at the Tampa Convention Center. WQYK’s Dave McKay will host a live remote during the event, and will be giving away gift cards and tickets for local attractions, including the Tampa Bay Rays and the Lowry Zoo.
The Open House will kickoff “Heard of Moose Week” in Tampa,as proclaimed by Mayor Bob Buckhorn.
“Tampa residents have been very responsive to the Heard of Moose? campaign,” said William B. Airey, Moose International’s Chief Executive Officer. “We’re looking forward to hosting our Open House, so they can meet the men and women of the Moose, and consider whether they, too, want to be part of serving children, seniors and their community while having a great time in the process.”
All Tampa residents are invited to the free Open House-the largest-ever of its kind for the organization. A fundraising pasta dinner will be held from 4:30-7:00 p.m. Proceeds from the $10 donation will benefit Moose Charities (and its support for Mooseheart Child City & School and the Moosehaven retirement community) and Trinity Cafe, a lifeline for the hungry and homeless in Tampa Bay since 2001.
For more details on the event, visit heardofmoose.org/open-house.
Background on Heard of Moose?
The Moose, an international organization of more than 1.1 million men and women, launched a four-month pilot campaign in Tampa on April 1. The campaign, Heard of Moose?, is the largest public-education program in the history of the organization. It is designed to raise general awareness of the Moose organization, its endeavors for children and teens in need (most notably at Mooseheart Child City & School west of Chicago), for its senior members (the Moosehaven retirement community near Jacksonville, FL) and its community service.
The campaign coincides with the 2012 International Moose Convention, taking place in downtown Tampa from June 29-July 4. The organization expects up to 8,000 men and women members from across the U.S., Canada, Great Britain and Bermuda to travel to Tampa to participate in the convention. According to Tampa’s convention bureau, the International Moose Convention will be Tampa Bay’s third largest convention this year.
About the Moose
Moose International, an international organization of roughly 1.1 million men and women, is dedicated to caring for the young and old, bringing communities closer together and celebrating life. The men and women of the Moose conduct community service programs valued between $75 million and $100 million annually throughout North America.
The Moose organization maintains more than 1,700 Moose Centers across the U.S., Canada, Great Britain and Bermuda, providing members with family-oriented social, dining and sports activities. The Moose organization’s main endeavors include Mooseheart Child City & School, a residential community and school for children whose families are unable to care for them; and Moosehaven, a Florida retirement community for senior members. Children at Mooseheart, located an hour’s drive west of Chicago, receive the nurturing home, spiritual development and solid education they need to reach their full potential through a variety of innovative, nationally recognized educational and family-living programs