PECAA Chooses Edna Karr High School Music Program As 2016 Beneficiary

NEW ORLEANS – More than 400 members of the Professional Eye Care Associates of America (PECAA) will meet this week at the New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal St., from Thursday, May 19, through Saturday, May 21, 2016, for their Annual Meeting, and will leave a lasting footprint on the community through their new donation program – PECAA Gives.

         PECAA has chosen local high school, Edna Karr’s (EKHS) music program as the 2016 PECAA Gives inaugural donation recipient.

         Each year, PECAA hosts an Annual Meeting in a different U.S. city, where a group of 400+ guests and 100+ participating vendor representatives embark upon the sights, sounds and culture of the selected host city. The PECAA event planning team had the opportunity to experience the music of the Edna Karr Marching Band while visiting New Orleans during the annual meeting planning process. While watching the students rehearse, the team couldn’t help but notice duct tape holding the band’s instruments together. The PECAA team had a chance to sit down with band members and hear their stories, learning about their passion for music and developed a high level of respect for their band director. So inspired by this experience, PECAA saw an opportunity to give back to their host community of New Orleans, leaving a footprint behind in a way that will positively impact the city long after their meeting and thus, the PECAA Gives program was born.

         Attendees and locals are encouraged to contribute at a “Giving Station” at the conference that allows attendees to log on to the PECAA Gives Go-Fund-Me account. Chris Millet, PECAA’s COO, is a New Orleans native and said he is excited for PECAA Gives to impact New Orleans directly.

         During the closing General Session on Friday, May 20, the band will play a “surprise” performance at approximately 2:45 p.m. while PECAA Gives presents their check to EKHS band director, Chris Herrero. The money raised will go towards new instruments for the students, helping them to continue to share the spirit of New Orleans. Following the presentation and performance, Edna Karr marching band will lead a second line at approximately 6:30 p.m. from the Annual Meeting headquarters (New Orleans Marriott) to Generations Hall.

         Founded in 2006 by three independent doctors of optometry, PECAA has grown from a small, Northwest-based association to one of the nation’s leading and most recognized Doctor Alliance Groups, with more than 2,000 doctors and 1,000 practices nationwide within the professional eye care field.

         This will be PECAA’s first Annual Meeting held in New Orleans and is expected to bring more than 400 attendees with an economic impact of more than $470,000.

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