GREENFIELD, Mass. (Dec. 17, 2001)— The Organic Trade Association (OTA) will hold its annual Organic Industry Reception at a new venue in 2002. Held in conjunction with Natural Products Expo West, the event will be Thursday, March 7, 2002, in the Anaheim Convention Center ballroom, with New Hope Natural Media as co-host.
Slated for 7 to 10 p.m., the reception will feature a buffet dinner of organic foods and beverages. OTA will celebrate the success of its annual fund campaign—OTA 2002—at the reception.
All those investing in OTA 2002 will receive a package of benefits that includes complimentary tickets to the reception. Tickets are also available for purchase by contacting OTA headquarters (firstname.lastname@example.org). Before Feb. 15, the price is $75 for general admission, or $50 for OTA members and OTA 2002 investors. After Feb. 15, the general price is $85, or $60 for OTA members and OTA 2002 investors. Because this annual event generally sells out, it is wise to buy tickets early.
In preparation for the OTA 2002 annual fund campaign, OTA has chosen a volunteer host committee. Those serving on the committee will encourage their organic industry colleagues to become investors in OTA 2002 during a six-week phone campaign that begins in January.
Serving on the OTA 2002 host committee are Tonya Antle of Natural Selection Foods, Neil Blomquist of Spectrum Organic Products, Debra Boyle of Pro Organics, Michael Funk of United Natural Foods, Jack Goethel of Organic Planet, Nancy Hirshberg of Stonyfield Farm, Annie Hunt of Wild Oats Markets, Dale Kamibayashi of Rapunzel Pure Organics, Eric Newman of Organic Valley, and Jesse Singerman of Blooming Prairie Cooperative Warehouse. Committee chairs are Boyle and Funk.
Funds raised during OTA 2002 will be used chiefly to support OTA’s marketing, public relations and public policy advocacy programs during the coming year beyond what is funded through membership dues alone. The OTA 2001 campaign raised over $300,000 for OTA's work on behalf of the organic industry. The goal for OTA 2002 is to raise $350,000.
December 17, 2001
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