Packing a Punch

International show delivers record attendance and comprehensive scholarships.
Pack Expo International 2006, the most comprehensive packaging trade show in the world’s largest packaging market, delivered 45,741 buyer attendees, up 553 from the 2004 show. The show saw increases in all attendance levels, including buyers, exhibitors and international attendees. In addition, the number of exhibiting companies and net square footage increased over 2004.
The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI) and Pack Expo exhibitors raised $127,050 to support packaging education, surpassing the announced goal of $100,000. The campaign was designed to provide packaging schools across the United States and Canada with financial grants.
PMMI created two Pack Expo Scholarship Funds to which companies and individuals could donate funds:
Pack Expo Scholarship General Fund — Contributions to this fund were distributed evenly among schools that have a packaging curriculum focus and exhibit at Pack Expo. The schools will be asked to name a student recipient. In 2006, 19 packaging schools divided up $107,050 in financial support, with $35,000 being designated to 2-year technical schools through the Claude Breeden and C. Glenn Davis scholarship programs.
Pack Expo Scholarship Designated Gift Fund — Companies or individuals who donated $5,000 or more to the Pack Expo Scholarship effort were able to designate a specific school to which the funds they provided would be directed. $20,000 was designated to specific schools from four sponsors companies.
“Working together, PMMI and the Pack Expo exhibitor community made a strong commitment to the future of the industry through financial aid,” says Charles Yuska, PMMI president and chief executive officer. “Because of their support, hundreds of students will be able to further their education and become packaging professionals.”
PMMI underwrote all of the marketing and development efforts to ensure that 100 percent of the funds raised would be donated directly to schools to benefit students.
Pack Expo Scholarship recipients were announced and honored at the Future Packaging Leaders luncheon during the show.  
For more information about PMMI’s scholarship program and a complete list of companies that contributed to the Pack Expo Scholarship Fund, visit www.pmmi.org
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