Our mission as a company is to create beautiful yet functional, comfortable settings where people at an event can meet and connect on a personal level. It only makes sense that our philanthropic efforts follow the same mission.
This month we are involved with two exciting projects. One is the NACE Experience! for which we are an Executive Partner which means we support NACE during their conference as well as NACE University, Community and Connections and much more.
It just so happens that the NACE Experience! is happening at the same time, in the same city as an ongoing effort of the St. Bernard Project to help rebuild the houses (and lives) of victims of Hurricane Katrina who are still without shelter. Joining them last year was a new organization of which AFR is an anchor sponsor – Event Pros Take Action.
Started by Susie Perelman and Stacey Mehalik of Mosaic Inc. in Pittsburgh, its aim is to unite event professionals in causes such as this. Last year AFR gave a donation of thousands of dollars in hard goods — sofas, chairs, beds, tables, flatscreen TVs and more, as well as our time. This year we are doing the same, plus we gave a donation of $20,000. This donation covered the building materials needed to rebuild a home for Shelley Rose and her family.
On July 16 I’m traveling to New Orleans again to shed blood, sweat and tears of joy with my fellow event pros (about 50 of them at last count) as we put the finishing design touches on two homes, and distribute goods to about 10 others.
It’s our hope to raise awareness of what we are doing, raise more funds for EPTA and St. Bernard Project, and get you – event pro that you are – to take action with now and in the future that will bring aid and comfort to others … it’s like what we do every day for our clients, only bigger!
Three Reasons to Give Back
To learn more about EPTA and take part – it’s not too late this year — please visit www.eventprostakeaction.org.
AFR Event Furnishings www.afrevents.com not only presented EPTA with a check for $20,000 this year, but provided all the furnishings for the homes, including tables, chairs, bed sets, sofas and even flatscreen TV’s. Other significant contributions were made by Larry Green of Rentals Unlimited www.rentals-unlimited.net, and Mosaic Inc. www.partymosaic.com
2012 Donating Companies (to date)
Event Pros Take Action (EPTA) is a charitable organization that provides a way for special events professionals to give back to those in need. The organization focuses on relief efforts for communities that have experienced a natural disaster and are in the process of recovering from substantial loss and rebuilding communities.
By Tricia Schmitt