By Event Pros, For Event Pros

We provide financial help for event, meetings, catering and hospitality professionals in crisis.

The SEARCH Foundation

The SEARCH Foundation was formed in 1997 to assist event, meetings and hospitality professionals faced with a life threatening illness. Since that time it has expanded to include not only illness, but also any catastrophic occurrence.

Crisis means many things to many people. Your entire neighborhood washed away in a flood, being ravaged by wildfires, or lost in a tornado. A routine check-up coming back with the dreaded words "you have cancer." A car accident that leaves you impaired or hospitalized for an extended period of time.

The events industry is a group of passionate professionals made up of many small business owners. Who do you turn to when you are faced with disaster or unable to perform your job and keep your business open?

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Our Goals

Distribute Donations

Our priority is to make sure event, meetings , catering, hospitality and incentive industry professionals know our industry community has their backs when they need help the most. When disaster strikes our brothers and sisters, we'll be there to give them the vital financial assistance they need.

Raise Funds

It's in our very nature to give everything we have to our clients and their guests at each and every event...but who will be there when we need help? By donating to SEARCH, you can serve those who serve every day...just like you.


As a volunteer organization, our reach is limited without your help. We're always looking for platforms to tell our stories to others in our industry so they can let their industry friends know that we're here when they need us.

Our Work


Fundraising Events

Our volunteer board and committees help produce fundraising events in conjuncture with event industry conferences and trade shows. Currently, we work with our generous partners The Special Event, Catersource and ILEA Live at their annual events.

We're always looking for additional opportunities as well as auction items and in-kind donations. If you can help, e-mail us.

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We can't do anything alone. The individuals and companies who donate regularly to SEARCH provide us with vital funds we distribute to those in need. Associations and their chapters have been extremely generous by giving proceeds of their events to SEARCH.

If you have an idea for a way you can partner with us, email us today.

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A few dollars donated  by individual event professionals online actually helps! No amount is too small. Show the entire industry just how many people are aware of SEARCH and that you believe in what we are doing.

Donate today. 

Thank You South Florida Event Industry Associations

The South Florida Special Event Industry Associations (FAME, ILEA, MPI, NACE, NAWP Palm Beach & SITE) raised over $15,000 for the SEARCH Foundation at their 2018 South Florida Industry Holiday Party this past December! Thank you South Florida!!!

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