With its Vendopalooza event coming to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., this week, AVAD has launched Hurricane Irma and Maria relief efforts for Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean at the Oct. 18 session.
AVAD will include efforts to support the American Red Cross and the Humane Society of Puerto Rico in support of those impacted by recent hurricanes at Vendopalooza in Fort Lauderdale, which is scheduled from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. at the SCP Parking Lot, 3490 SW 30th Ave.
AVAD officials ask dealers to bring canned goods, bottled water, blankets, first aid supplies, clothes, retail gift cards and monetary donations to support the American Red Cross.
To support the Humane Society of Puerto Rico, dealers should bring blankets, food, bottled water, animal beds and crates, retail gift cards and online monetary donations.
Dealers attending the event will have the opportunity to meet with more than 40 vendors, participate in vendor-sponsored training events and enter to win a 55-inch LG OLED TV, a Samsung 55Q7F and more than 30 other giveaways.
Free lunch will be provided for attendees.
“With the devastating events that have happened across this region within the last month, we were compelled to help out where we could,” said Seth Evenson, director of customer experience management for AVAD.
“We invite our dealers in the Ft. Lauderdale area to help support those affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria by bringing in donations and any donation, large or small, is welcome.”
Earlier this year, Lone Star Communications president Raymond Bailey brought about 8,000 pounds of food, water, and medical supplies from Austin to Hurricane Harvey victims in Beaumont, Texas. He served five round-trip flights as part of Angel Flight, a free air transportation program with which he’s been involved since 2004.
Fellow Lone Star employees in Houston and the company’s headquarters in the Dallas suburb Grand Prairie raised more than $150,000 to help their co-workers with their insurance deductibles, hotels and other shelter and the Grand Prairie office delivered four truckloads of supplies to those in need, says Bailey.