Learning Express‘ 2010 convention has changed venues this year due to extensive flooding in May that closed Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, the original venue, indefinitely. In support of those whose homes were destroyed during the flooding, Learning Express plans to donate vendor-contributed toys from the convention, which typically exceed $25,000, to Nashville children.
After witnessing pictures and video of the devastation, Sharon DiMinico, Learning Express founder and CEO, says she was “shocked” in a press release sent out today. “We hope these toys will spread a little joy in what must be a terrifying time for so many families,” she continued.
The new convention will be held in Orlando, Fla., at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate from June 28-30. Attendees will include Learning Express corporate staff, owners of more than 140 Learning Express toy stores, and more than 100 invited toy vendors.