Organic & Natural Health Association to host fundraiser at SSW for HBCU students

This is a continuation of its commitment to raise at least $50K for the Williams-Franklin Foundation (WFF) over the next five years to support education expenses for students of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

The Organic & Natural Health Association (Washington, D.C.) is hosting a networking event to fundraise for the Organic & Natural Health Scholarship Fund at Old Soul Restaurant in Las Vegas during the SupplySide West conference. Informa Markets is the headlining sponsor for the event with a $5,000 commitment. This is a continuation of the association's commitment to raise at least $50K for the Williams-Franklin Foundation (WFF) over the next five years to support education expenses for students of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

“Increasing diversity and promoting DEI initiatives among organizations in the natural products industry is a priority focus at Informa Markets,” said Jon Benninger, vice president and market leader for SupplySide, Informa Markets, in a press release. “Having more diversity in leadership positions within the industry allows us all to serve a larger audience of consumers who need to know about natural products. We see the Williams-Franklin Foundation as a good vehicle to attract new talent into the industry.”

Karen Howard, CEO and executive director of Organic & Natural Health, said in a press release that its fundraising efforts are opening new doors for students who didn’t otherwise have any knowledge of the natural products industry. “This is a systemic change that is necessary in our industry, and we continue to invite all leaders to the initiative to help us expand it further,” she said.

Organic & Natural Health’s networking and fundraising event for WFF will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m., on October 26. Tickets are $200 with a $100 tax deduction and sponsorship packages are also available at: http://wffatsupplysidewest.rsvpify.com.