With an event draws more than 100,000 people every three years, it makes sense to use that opportunity to find a way to give back. That’s why at each iteration of the event, CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE partner with a charity to encourage attendees and exhibitors to give back and help others. It’s no different for the 2017 event. Show organizers announced that The Call of Duty Endowment has been named its official charitable partner for the 2017 events March 7-11th in Las Vegas.
The Call of Duty Endowment is a nonprofit organization founded by Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard, in 2009 to help veterans secure high-quality jobs after their military service and to raise awareness of the value vets bring to the workplace. The Endowment has placed more than 29,000 veterans in jobs to date by finding and funding the best nonprofits in the country.
“We’re so grateful for CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE’s remarkable support of our veterans,” said Dan Goldenberg, Executive Director of the Call of Duty Endowment. “Every dollar received by the Endowment will go directly towards the most effective and efficient veteran job counseling services in America. These will be dollars well spent.”
Due to unemployment among post-9/11 veterans remaining 2.6 times greater than the national average, the Endowment has doubled down on its mission and set a new goal of placing 50,000 veterans in jobs by 2019. Every single dollar donated goes towards this important work, and just $600 helps a veteran find a high-quality job.
“We’ve already had our first major donation to help raise funds for the Endowment,” said Sara Truesdale Mooney, Show Director. “We’re thrilled to announce that Terex Corporation has donated a benefit concert featuring multi-platinum rock band, FOREIGNER, for Wednesday, March 8, generously hosted by Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas.”
Attendees of the show will be allowed to make a donation to the Endowment for entrance to the concert. Information and details will be available soon.
“Citizenship is one of our core values,” said John Garrison, CEO and President of Terex Corporation “Joining forces with CONEXPO-CON/AGG and the Call of Duty Endowment is a great way to live out that value by helping to create an enjoyable evening that will raise funds for a great cause benefiting our veterans.”
Additional fundraising events planned for the Endowment include on-line silent and live auctions with 100% of auction proceeds aimed at helping military veterans find jobs. The benefit auction is presented with the support of J.J. Kane Auctioneers. Attendees or exhibitors wishing to donate an item to be auctioned can contact Grant Williams at 205-706-1389. All items up for bid will be available on the J.J. Kane online auction page,www.proxibid.com/ceca.
The online auction will run from January 1 to Saturday, March 11 at 3 p.m. The live auction will take place on Thursday, March 9 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Tech Experience and will not have minimums or reserves (all items will be sold).