PCMA to Raise $250K for Australia and Puerto Rico Disaster Victims


PCMA to Mobilize Power of Business Events Industry to Take Care of People & Communities

Citing the business events industry’s vast potential for taking care of people and communities, PCMA President and CEO Sherrif Karamat today announced a pan-industry initiative to raise $250,000 to help those affected by the bushfires in Australia and the earthquakes in Puerto Rico

“Doing good for people and communities in crisis is doing good for all of us,” Karamat said. “The business events industry has a rich legacy of stepping-up and coming together to do good when disasters strike. This is another way of demonstrating how business events can be a catalyst for economic and social transformation.”

Three years ago, the PCMA Foundation created the Industry Relief Fund to unify the business events community to aid of members of the industry who were suffering from disasters wherever they may be.

Channeling the advice of Convening Leaders 2020 keynote Simon Sinek to “take better care of each other,” Karamat announced that PCMA and the PCMA Foundation will immediately commit $50,000 to kick-start the initiative and he invited business events industry stakeholders around the world to make any kind of contribution.

In addition to direct financial support through the Industry Relief Fund, PCMA will also collaborate with leaders in the affected communities to provide messaging support through PCMA’s global networks and channels. Donate and find out more at: https://foundation.pcma.org/industry-relief-fund/.


For media queries from the Americas, APAC, EMEA, and requests for interviews with Sherrif Karamat, please contact:

Meghan Risch, PCMA Chief of Staff, Vice President, Corporate Communications

About PCMA

PCMA educates, inspires, and listens, creating meaningful experiences where passion, purpose and commerce come together. We are the world’s largest community for Business Events Strategists, providing senior-level education, networking, and market intelligence for the global business events industry. Our mission is to drive social and economic progress through business events. Headquartered in Chicago, IL PCMA has 17 North American Chapters, regional communities in APAC, EMEA and LATAM, and members in 59 countries. The Corporate Event Marketing Association (CEMA), a PCMA subsidiary, advances strategic event marketing and marketing communications for senior-level event marketers and industry professionals. Visit us at pcma.org.

About PCMA Foundation

The role of the Foundation of PCMA is to support the mission of PCMA through fundraising and grant-giving focused on scholarships, education and research that will advance the business events industry. Annually the Foundation funds over $900K in impact, and since 1985 has funded over 2,500 scholarships, 100 research studies and education programs, and $2.7M in charitable giving.