The Meetings Industry Fund, which launched just a month ago with a mission to help meetings industry people in crisis, has awarded its first grant to help a meetings industry person in need.
The person was saddled for over a year with unpaid medical bills with no way of paying. Within 24 hours of receiving the application, the Meetings Industry Fund Board of Directors approved the request and provided a grant of $2,600 to help the person.
“I’m totally bawling my eyes out with tears of joy, gratitude, relief and amazement at the generosity of the board,” the recipient said. “I am honored, humbled and blessed to have the privilege of working in this industry with some of the most wonderful people whom I have the joy of knowing and those I’ve not yet met.”
Chuck Fazio, one of the founders of the Fund, explained, “This person really needed help, and we are thrilled to provide this grant. The word has gotten out that the Fund is open for business, and we have started to get more requests. I thank everyone who has donated to the Fund so far and ask that anyone who wants to help please visit the website and donate whatever they can.”
The Fund provides financial assistance during times of crisis to individuals who are directly involved in the planning, execution, delivery and support of meetings. For example, if a meeting professional out of work and suddenly faces a medical emergency, The Meetings Industry Fund can be there to help.
“The Fund’s ability to help is tied directly to the donations it receives,” said Fund Co-Founder David Peckinpaugh, president of Maritz Travel Company. “We encourage everyone in the industry to help by making even a small donation.”
The Fund website at www.themeetingsindustryfund.org has details on how to donate, how to apply for assistance, the people behind the Fund, and frequently asked questions.