Learning Express Moves Convention Due to Nashville Floods

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.

Learning Express Convention Toys to be Donated to Nashville Foundation

Learning Express has picked the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee to be the recipient of donated toys from the Learning Express Annual Convention. Every year, many of the brand new toys featured in the vendor booths at the show are donated to a local cause at the end of the convention.

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee will deliver the toys to children at nonprofit early childhood education centers in the Nashville area. Those centers serve approximately 1,522 children, from infant to pre-teen, at 23 sites.

The Learning Express Annual Convention will be held June 27-30 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville. Attendees will include the Learning Express corporate staff, the owners of more than 140 Learning Express toy stores, and more than 100 of the world’s top toy vendors. Vendors attend by invitation only.