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Friday, April 25, 2008

Conventions near their $1m goal

The team raising money for the National NAACP convention and National Baptist Convention in July and September, respectively, is only $50,000 short of its $1 million goal.

They say that's pretty good considering they've only been raising money for about 10 months. And it's good for the city, which hasn't always been thought of by African Americans as friendly.

Here's the story on the fundraising update.

And here's the press release if you want to see who's on the committee and what businesses are sponsoring the event.

By the way, the organzers say their estimated combined 50,000 attendance and $7 million economic impact numbers are probably low. The CVB estimates these things by a national, though localized, formula which uses the figure $298 per person staying the night. But they don't include people who just come for the day and don't stay the night. They also don't include money spent by the organizations on food, drink, florists, laundry and other services for attendees.

And don't worry, had organizers not raised enought money, the conferences would not have been cancelled, assures Julie Calvert, in charge of marketing for the CVB.

"It would have come from somewhere" she said. Perhaps even from the city or the CVB's budget, she suggested. But lack of corporate support would have made the city look bad and the conventions might not have had the needed amenities to make them stand out, she said.


at 4:42 PM, April 25, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great- $1 million to give that idiot Smitherman a platform from which to complain about Cincinnati.

I LOVE how he takes it upon himself to declare whether this is an opportunity to "turn the corner" on race relations.

We'll turn that corner when THAT race hustler moves.

at 6:14 PM, April 25, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Surely the patrons of the NAACP convention will go to the Freedom Center by the thousands. All that revenue should lower what the taxpayers need to dole out to keep the doors open another 6 months.

at 8:14 PM, April 25, 2008 Anonymous Imus B Somebody said...

Is Jeremiah Wright giving the keynote address?

at 10:07 AM, April 26, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The foot-tapping Bold Typist says: I am okay with it...as long as the mens restrooms are kept clean and shiny.

at 8:42 AM, April 27, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Smitherman and Wright say the same things so either could be keynote. Making excuses for shortcomings by blaming everyone else. Usually the white race gets the blame with some side blame going to the government. Pathetic!

at 8:52 PM, April 27, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is just like the Freedom Center. They can’t even have a Convention without asking for money.
Who is going to pay for all of the extra Police and Fire departments, And the trash clean up after they leave.
They expect 50,000 combined to attend the event, Force them all to go to the freedom center and make sure they pay full price. Or are the tax paying citizens expected to pick up the tab on this expense?

at 12:04 PM, April 29, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let me get this straight. We (employed taxpayers) give the NAACP tax dollars to attract their convention to Cincinnati? Wasn't that what the Freedom Center supposed to do?
Then, the NAACP (Smitherman) will blame all the ills on the White Race and the White Man's Government.
Then, the liberals will feel guilty and sponsor more useless free give aways. We are caught in a recurring cycle of entitlement.

at 8:21 PM, April 29, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

When the liberals take over, what will happen when the middle class workers decide to sit on their rumps and collect all the free-bees? Who's going to pay the increase in taxes to support all this fluff? Wake up America before it's too late. Vote Republican!!

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