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GCSAA will help build homes in New Orleans

7.28am 1st October 2008 - Exhibitions & Conferences

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) and its partnering associations of the Golf Industry Show are teaming up with New Orleans Habitat for Humanity to host a series of work days before the trade show opens to help build homes in some of New Orleans‘ most devastated areas.

All volunteers will be placed in teams of 15 to work on homes within a particular area. The Golf Industry Show will provide transportation from the New Orleans Morial Convention Center, lunch at the work sites, water, sunscreen and a t-shirt.

“This is the first time the Golf Industry Show has been back to New Orleans since Katrina and we are excited to join our partnering organizations to help the people of this great city,” said GCSAA CEO Mark Woodward. “GCSAA has a compassionate membership, so helping the city rebuild is something that our members have felt very strongly about participating in when conference and show returns.”

“Since Hurricane Katrina, New Orleanians have experienced hardships; but have continued to persevere in hopes of making New Orleans better than it was,” stated Melissa Manusellis, volunteer coordinator for New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity. “The Golf Industry Show volunteer days will greatly assist New Orleans Habitat in achieving our mission of building safe and decent shelter for low-income families. The group’s enthusiasm is critical in maintaining our level of building.”

To support this first-ever volunteer project, register to participate in the event online at (or use registration form A-2 in the conference and show brochure) or support New Orleans Habitat’s efforts through a donation on the registration form. Participation requires a $25 registration fee. The deadline for registration is 2nd January.

The GCSAA Education Conference, 2-7 February in New Orleans, is the largest educational conference in the turfgrass management industry. More than 100 seminars and 60 additional hours of educational sessions are offered, covering all ranges of golf course management, including agronomics, communication and business management. Visit

The Golf Industry Show, 5-7 February, is designed for the owners/operators of golf facilities and the professional members of the golf course and club management industries. The event combines education, networking and solutions for golf course superintendents, owners/operators, general managers, chief operating officers, architects and builders.

The Golf Industry Show is presented by the GCSAA, the National Golf Course Owners Association and the Club Managers Association of America, along with supporting organizations, the Golf Course Builders Association of America, the American Society of Golf Course Architects and the National Golf Foundation.

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