ISES NY Metro Chapter Raises Record Amount for SEARCH
The NY Metro Chapter of ISES raised $7,845.00 for SEARCH at its 9th annual Big Apple Awards Gala on June 30 in New York City. This eclipsed the previous record of $6,800 set by the Dallas chapter after Hurricane Katrina.
While a silent auction generated $2,845, it was a heart-rending video about SEARCH and the people it helps that spurred another $5,000 to be pledged on stage by one of the Hall of Legends inductees.
“We are lucky that the individuals we honor in New York City are of such high caliber that they have the financial stature to be able to make those kind of impromptu donations,” said Howard Givner, president of the chapter. “This is testament to the power of the event community in our chapter, and we are honored that we could harness it for the benefit of SEARCH.”
Michael Cerbelli, president of special events for Total Entertainment, and chairman of SEARCH said, “We know that once people really get what SEARCH does, they can’t help fast enough. For us, the video enabled us to bring SEARCH to life, by having the direct recipients of our aid go on screen to tell their stories, which are truly heart-warming.”
The SEARCH Foundation supports event professionals confronted with a catastrophic occurrence and fosters, develops and promotes educational initiatives for the advancement of the industry. Founded in 1997, the SEARCH Foundation supports special event industry professionals in times of crisis through fundraising, volunteer services and donations. The foundation’s industry-wide alliances and collaborative efforts with charitable organizations have helped fuel the mission for over a decade.
For more information, go to www.searchfoundation.org.
E-News Alert!: Don’t miss the Event Solutions SEARCH fundraiser at the Idea Factory in Las Vegas on Sunday, February 27.