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Tradeshow Industry Continues its Charitable Ways

by Jeanne Brei, with additional reporting by Caitlin Howle and Emily Olson

Tradeshows are back and so are the charitable efforts put forth by those who are always looking to give back to others.

RSMGC Charity Events

The RSMGC Board has announced the dates for their upcoming charity events in 2022. All EACA members and industry colleagues are encouraged to note the following on their calendars to provide assistance to our colleagues who have suffered personal or family tragedies:

  • Get Out of the Gutter will be held Aug. 18 at Bowlmor in Atlanta, Ga.
  • Atlanta Randy will be held Oct. 7 at Stone Mountain Golf Course in Stone Mountain, Ga.

 Dennis Hale Memorial Scholarship Fund

The ESCA Summer Educational Conference (SEC) took place in June in Asheville, North Carolina, and members were asked to donate to the silent auction supporting the Dennis Hale Memorial Scholarship Fund, which contributes thousands of dollars annually to our industry’s future: youth education. Young adults face rising costs and significant debt seeking higher education, and ESCA and its members can assist. Although the conference has passed, members still are able to donate to the fund by visiting www.esca.org/esca-awards/dennis-hale-memorial-scholarship-program/ to donate to the SEC Silent Auction. 

EDPA Hit the Links in Surf City

On May 9, the EDPA’s Southern California chapter held its first annual charity golf tournament. Aptly named the Surf City USA Charity Golf Tournament, the event took place at the newly renovated and prestigious Huntington Club, a private venue minutes from Huntington Beach.

The tournament featured a scramble format, with trophies for the winning teams, as well as raffle items. A boxed lunch and catered buffet were offered for all participants, as well as an open bar.

The event raised $3,100, with $1,300 of that being donated to the The EDPA Foundation, which helps support industry members and their families with financial assistance through difficult times and scholarships for those entering the field. To date, The Foundation has given more than 100 scholarships, and also supports the Randy Smith Golf Classic.

Bill Hinchliff, event organizer and EDPA executive board member said of the tournament, “The biggest success and take away was to see that the chapter here in Southern California is alive and eager to participate and support the EPDA and the chapter.”

Hinchliff already has his eyes on next year, however, saying, “We plan on having more than 150 players and holding large live auction in efforts to raise money for our charity.”

Sponsors of the tournament included IMPE Containers, Laguna Displays, Cees Smit: Visual Branding Solutions and Exhibit Potential.

Winners of the tournament were Buster Schwab, Moses Ortiz, Johney Rod and Jay Hughitt from team Freight Saver, and the highest-scoring team award went to William Sands, Brian Matsumoto, JR Bruce and Craig Hanson of team Pink Sparrow.

High Rollers in the EDPA Las Vegas Chapter

On June 9, the EDPA Las Vegas chapter held a golf tournament of its own. The 20th Annual Education Scholarship Golf Classic took place at the Las Vegas National Golf Club. Forty-four golfers registered for the event, and an additional 17 guests attended the networking luncheon following the tournament.

The event raised approximately $9,000 for the EDPA Foundation’s Education Scholarship Fund. Scholarships are awarded to industry members and their families to help pursue university-level of study. Any immediate family member of an individual working anywhere in the exhibition industry, who has graduated or will graduate high school and has accepted attendance at a post-high school educational institute, is eligible to apply by visiting www.edpa.com/edpafoundation

This year’s winning team was represented by Greg Moix and Kendall Sandoval with Two Eighteen Events, along with Kemer Poteete of Sierra Live Events.

Runners up were members of Las Vegas Expo: Chris Albaugh, Mike Carvalho, Troy Cordaro and Lou Tassone.

The event was sponsored by Elevation 3D, Circle, Hill & Partners, 218 Events (Silver Tournament Sponsors); Brumark (Cooling Towel Cart Sponsor; Eagle Management, McNabb Exhibit Flooring and Exhibit City News (Tee Sponsors); Exposures, Ltd. (Photogrophy Sponsor); Color Reflections (Cocktail Sponsor) and 4Wall (A/V Sponsor).



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