The giving-back spirit of the utility construction industry resulted in a very successful ICUEE Benefit Auction, with more than $29,000 raised to help connect military veterans with quality jobs. Compact Equipment and its parent company, Benjamin Media Inc., helped pull together the benefit auction for ICUEE and were media sponsors of the show.
All proceeds went to The Call of Duty Endowment, which estimates that the funds will translate directly into 42 job placements for veterans. This national organization supports and funds the highest-impact non-profit groups that prepare veterans for the job market and raises awareness of the value that veterans bring to the workplace.
The ICUEE Benefit Auction was held during the recent ICUEE, International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky. ICUEE exhibitors donated products and services; the auction was open to all with online and onsite bidding.
“We were humbled to be chosen for the auction and were amazed at the enthusiastic and generous support of the ICUEE community and their interest in giving back to those who have served in the military,” said Danny Greene, campaign manager of The Call of Duty Endowment. Greene relayed instances of ICUEE show participants donating money before the auction when they heard about the effectiveness of the organization in job placement, and of several businesses committing onsite to hire veterans.
“With this auction, our industry provided meaningful support for such an important cause, and it exemplified how utility professionals help their communities and others all across America,” said Show Director Sara Truesdale Mooney.
ICUEE 2015 was a record-breaker for registered attendance (more than 18,000) as well as exhibit space and number of exhibitors (more than 950 exhibitors, including more than 250 new exhibitors, taking more than 1.2 million net square feet of space).