How You Can Help Hurricane Florence Recovery Efforts for Events Industry

Author: David McMillin       

The first major storm of the 2018 hurricane season will leave a trail of destruction across the Southeast. Join the PCMA Education Foundation to help event professionals impacted by the flooding.

Hurricane Florence will pummel the Carolinas this weekend, and the PCMA Education Foundation is working to get a head start on helping event industry professionals who will be impacted by the devastation. On Friday, September 14, the organization launched a drive for its Industry Relief Fund to raise donations that will go directly to individuals in need in the Southeast.

“We won’t know the full extent of the damage from Hurricane Florence until the storm passes, but it’s already clear that some members of our community will need assistance,” Meredith Rollins, executive director, PCMA Education Foundation, said. “We want to make sure that we are acting as fast as we can to accelerate the rebuilding and recovery efforts.”

For event professionals who live in the U.S., donating can be done via smartphone. Simply text 41444 with prefix “RELIEFFUND,” the dollar amount, your first name and last name — e.g., RELIEFFUND 50 Jane Doe. Then, confirm the payment processing via a link.

Providing Comfort After the Storm

It’s not the first time the Foundation has played a role in helping hurricane victims in the events industry. After Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Maria caused catastrophic damage in 2017, the organization contributed nearly $24,000 to individuals in the industry.

“In 2017, more than 80 members of the PCMA community contributed financial assistance for disaster recovery efforts,” Stacey Shafer, senior director, operations, PCMA Education Foundation, said. “As we wait to see what Hurricane Florence leaves behind, we are committed to sending one hundred percent of the funds raised to those who will be affected.”

Visit the Industry Relief Fund page to help make a difference. And stay tuned to for more updates on how the organization will fuel the Florence recovery.

Photo Caption: Water rushes over the streets in Kemah during Hurricane Harvey. (Photo courtesy of Cire notrevo)

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