If there’s one thing the live events industry has continued to demonstrate throughout its history, it’s an open minded willingness to help yourself, especially in times of crisis. COVID-19 has presented another opportunity to do just that.
Since the Las Vegas exhibition industry stalled last March, many exhibition and event workers have been left unemployed and desperately in need of help, including with basics like groceries. An affected group of exhibition industry companies including the Las Vegas Chapter of the Experiential Designers and Producers Association (EDPA); Metro multimedia; Freeman; Freshen up; Messe Düsseldorf North America, Teamsters Local 631; Three Square Food Bank and MAD Event Management have teamed up to answer this call.
On February 13th the group will die Las Vegas Live Events Industry Food Drive from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Developed “for people from the exhibition and event industry by experts from the exhibition and event industry”, it distributes free boxes of various foods for exhibition and event workers who suffer from food insecurity due to COVID-19-related jobs Redundancies.
“Our EDPA chapter is very familiar with the importance of food security in our annual food drive. We are grateful for the opportunity to work with other generous people at live events to help our industrial family here in Las Vegas,” said Jen LaBruzz , Chapter President of EDPA Las Vegas. “It’s about showing some love for those in our industry and saying, ‘We haven’t forgotten you.'”
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Las Vegas-Henderson subway area has the unfortunate distinction of having one of the highest unemployment rates in the country at 11.5% as of January 2021.
Those interested in donating are asked to reserve their spot in confidence for the roadside pickup by registering here. A pick-up location in Las Vegas will then be provided.
Individuals must be willing to show their ESCA or union ID or industry business card when they collect their grocery box.
According to Martha Donato, founder and president of MAD Event Management, the foundation for this altruistic effort was laid last spring when a group of industry veterans from all disciplines and segments came together to discuss ways to restart trade shows and events.
Recently, several members of the group have expressed a desire to help members of the industry during difficult times.
“We have worked with people from all walks of life in the events sector and we know that the suffering from lack of work is significant,” said Donato.
This need for assistance led to a grocery drive that collected canned goods, non-perishable groceries, and fundraisers that resulted in more than $ 5,000 being used to purchase additional groceries for industry members in need.
“We took a collection during our regular industry update calls, and that was the beginning of that effort,” said Donato. “There is so much more to be done, but it only takes a spark to start a fire. We hope that thousands who are unemployed in the events industry can be made aware and active. “
If you would like to support this life-saving effort, you can donate money here to buy additional food. The Las Vegas EDPA Chapter is a 501 (c) 3 organization, so charitable donations may be deducted. If you are in the Las Vegas area, you can help pack grocery boxes at 2pm on Friday, February 12th. Contact Martha Donato at [email protected]
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