May 21, 2019
ASTRA features volunteer, charitable activities at 2019 Marketplace & Academy

The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) announced that hands-on volunteer activities will be a prominent feature of its 2019 Marketplace & Academy. Attendees are invited to participate in a park clean-up and plant restoration project and in filling back-to-school backpacks that will be distributed to several Pittsburgh schools with economically disadvantaged students. In addition, manufacturers will have an opportunity to donate toys at the conclusion of Marketplace & Academy.

“ASTRA’s charitable activities at our national convention are an extension of what our members are doing in their own communities,” notes Kimberly Mosley, president of ASTRA. “These businesses have a positive influence on the economy, culture and creativity of the communities they serve, and we want to reflect those same values at Marketplace & Academy. Lending a hand while we are together in Pittsburgh is another way for ASTRA members to live our values and to have fun while we are at it.”

  • The park clean-up project will take place Saturday afternoon, June 8th, at Frick Park, located near the Squirrel Hill neighborhood and the Tree of Life Synagogue. Activities will include willow planting, invasive plant removal and trash removal from the stream.  The event is coordinated through the Nine Mile Run Watershed Association, which restores and protects its watershed ecosystem, while working regionally to support and implement resilient solutions for a healthy urban environment, and is supported in partnership by Tangle Creations.
  • Backpack stuffing will take place on Monday, June 10thand Tuesday, June 11that the front of aisles 1700 and 1800 on the exhibit hall floor. This activity is generously brought to you in partnership with Crayola.
  • To kick off ASTRA’s Toys for Joyholiday toy drive, manufacturers will be invited to donate toys at the end of Marketplace & Academy.

For more information on community service activities at Marketplace & Academy or to register for the park beautification project, visit http://marketplaceandacademy.org/about-astra/volunteer-program. ASTRA’s Marketplace & Academywill be held June 9-12, 2019 in Pittsburgh, PA, with pre-conference sessions beginning June 7.




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