SEARCH has always been there for live event, meeting, catering, hospitality and incentive industry professionals in need of assistance. We are honored to know that we can continue to rely on donors like you to support the SEARCH 100, and guarantee that with your support of this program we can increase our give back annually.
Your monthly donation to SEARCH provides us with the resources we need throughout the year, and ensures we have ongoing strength and stability. We are genuinely appreciative of our supporters who believe deeply enough in our mission to give on a regular basis.
In return for joining the SEARCH 100, you will be recognized in many ways for your giving. Donations in some countries are tax deductible and all donors will receive additional perks such as inclusion of your Logo & Hyperlinks on our website, VIP entry to all SEARCH events, Mentions from the Stage, Social Media tags and more.
The SEARCH 100
As most of you know, I have been a past chairperson of the SEARCH Foundation Board and I continue to serve as a board member. Our goal and support will enable us to continue assisting event professionals in crisis. It is critical that we raise funds and it is an important initiative that will ensure we are able to maintain and increase our outreach and help event professionals in crisis across the globe. We are the only foundation that has help available for the "little people" that fill the ranks of the special event industry.
We partied together when you were on top of your game. Now that you are down, we reach out and help you get back on your feet. It’s the way our industry works; we stand together when the going is good and when it gets tough. It’s how we operate our company and how we treat our staff. From Beijing to Berlin and from Barcelona to Boston, everyone can use a little help once in a while. Join the SEARCH 100 if you can, it feels good to give. And it’s great karma.
The industry should support SEARCH because you never know when it's going to be you who needs help getting a foothold on your circumstances. It shows the world that you choose lift people up and look beyond the competition of every day business. We all want to feel loved in our darkest moments.
I love being a part of an industry that is like one big, crazy family. To be able to give back to this amazing industry that has given me so much joy, is one of many reasons why I proudly serve on the Board of Directors for The SEARCH Foundation. Another reason is being able to help those in need. It was a no brainer to make the commitment to joining the SEARCH 100. Being able to help someone in need is one of the best gifts you can give. Knowing that this help goes directly to someone in our own industry is fabulous. I challenge all of you to join me by pledging support to helping those who are facing crisis or catastrophic situations.
I was happy to support a foundation that supports our event industry should someone or a company face a crisis or a disaster. It is rewarding to me personally to be able to provide assistance to people at times of need; especially for colleagues in our community.
Debbie Meyers-Shock CSEP, CTEP
SEARCH is the ONLY organization that understands and supports members of the Special Event industry. Whether we are in crisis or experiencing a catastrophe SEARCH is there for us, from Natural disasters like Hurricanes Katrina and Harvey, to crisis in health and everything in between. Help SEARCH now to help others later. You never really know when you need a helping hand!
As a former two-time chairperson who was very proud to be a part of The SEARCH Foundation, I can speak with conviction when I say that SEARCH is not only a caring heart to the event industry but a beacon of support! In times of the unknown and chaos in this crazy world, SEARCH is there for all event professionals in times of need.
Judy Brillhart CSEP, PBC
Thank you Judy for your commitment to the event industry.
Patrick McMichael, CSEP
SEARCH to me is my "hi-five and a hug" to a friend. It my way of helping out people that mean the world to me. Every little bit helps, and I’m so honored to be a part of giving back. Giving to, and spreading the word about SEARCH is a simple and honest way to help people that you know and love in your industry. We all need help, why not let it come from a friend?
I love this industry. I love my family. This industry has become an extension of my family. I am a SEARCH supporter because sometimes family needs a little help. If I can help a little, I know it means a lot.
Lenny Talarico CSEP, CHE
Thank you Lenny for your commitment to the event industry.
SEARCH lends a helping hand to the members of our industry when in need. One of our roles as industry leaders is to assist others when possible, both professionally and personally. SEARCH provides that personal assistance, and I’m proud to support such an amazing foundation with my time, my talents, and my money.
I’ve seen firsthand how SEARCH has helped those within our industry, and can’t think of a more worthy cause. It is an honor and privilege to stand shoulder to shoulder with those that understand this commitment to the events and meetings industry, and are willing to assist the people and personalities that are out there working hard every day to ensure the success of our efforts. You never know when you or someone you care about could be affected by one of these occurrences or tragic situations, and supporting the SEARCH 100 is my way of making sure that the assistance will be there if that time ever comes.
Kari Strolberg CSEP
Eventful Marketing Solutions, Inc.
Thank you Kari and Eventful Marketing Solutions, Inc.'s for your commitment to the event industry.
As an entrepreneur and main breadwinner for my household it is frightening to realize that I have no real safety net. God willing I never find myself in need, but if I were to find myself in crisis I am thankful that SEARCH would be there to help. That is why I am so honored to be a small part of the wonderful support that SEARCH offers to our Events Community every day.
High Rise Events
Thank you Cheryl and High Rise Events for your commitment to the event industry.
SEARCH gives the smallest of us, not the least of whom is yours truly, the opportunity to help industry peers when catastrophe strikes. That’s reason enough for me.
I joined SEARCH 100 because I remember what it felt like when my apartment burned down in 2001. I was fresh out of college at the time and although it was devastating to start over; I only had myself to worry about. I couldn’t imagine having a family or employees to take care of too. Joining SEARCH 100 was the right thing to do, that’s all.
David & Brian Gough
Thank you David and Brian for your commitment to the event industry.
As a Company, Future Affairs Productions has supported the SEARCH Foundation from the very beginning and we will continue to do so. We are honored to be included in the SEARCH 100 Community.
SEARCH, Is here for ALL OF US when we need it. Being a part of something this big is an Honor. I am blessed by my clients to be able to donate monthly to such a great cause. I have been honored to be a part of the board over the past 3 years as well.
We’re so lucky to have an organization like SEARCH to be there for our industry colleagues facing hardship. We depend on each other in this business and joining the SEARCH 100 is one of the most rewarding ways you can choose to give back to the events community.
Maya Angelou once remarked, ”I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver”. If we take her words one step further we see that giving also provides an opportunity to liberate the receiver's life journey from despair to hope. Nourish the soul. Ease the hurt. Lighten the burden of crisis. Through this transformative process, giving provides a way to show love to the world around us—family, friends, industry peers and doesn’t expect anything in return. Please join me in this peaceful journey of liberation. Please join me in support of the SEARCH Foundation with an investment of your financial resources. Generosity matters. Your treasure will change lives. Including your own.
What we love most about our industry is that it is built on collaboration; we share in each others successes as well as each others hardships. We are always inspired by the SEARCH Foundation's continued support of event professionals in crisis and are excited to spread that message of support throughout Canada.
Kate Patay, CPCE
SEARCH is the only industry foundation that directly supports our community in their time of need. Supporting SEARCH impacts and helps our friends and colleagues when they need it most. I sincerely hope that no one I know is ever in the position to have to call on them for help, but if I you are I find comfort in knowing SEARCH will be there. I encourage you to give whatever you are capable of - every dollar helps. It might help someone you know. It might help you. Thank you for donating today.
My mission is to spotlight and advance the efforts of professionals who advance and support the global live experiences industries. SEARCH is central to my mission. In addition, being on this list with an illustrious group of passionate and giving professionals made being a member of the SEARCH 100 the easiest decision of my career.
Events can change in an instant, and we work with event professionals to resolve challenges. Life can change in an instant, too, so supporting SEARCH is our way to help those same colleagues overcome crises.
The wedding industry has given me absolutely everything, so it is my honor to belong to the SEARCH 100. Giving back to this community is the least that I could do considering everything they have given me!
We are all one tribe. I recently read Seth Godin’s book simply entitled Tribes, in which he argues that modern technology can help to rekindle ancient ways for humans to support one another. We can do this by connecting our common interests and goals, working together to reach heights impossible by ourselves. We... in the special events industry are a tribe. We can support and help one another, and provide one another with a sense of purpose and community. The SEARCH Foundation changes the lives of people in need every day with even the smallest of donations making a large impact in our community.
In an industry that has blessed us enormously, we are so glad to have found SEARCH. None of us are alone in this industry - and knowing that SEARCH will always be there to "have our back" is great.
The SEARCH 100 is a wonderful way for us to give back to our community so that those in need or in a time of crises will know that we are there for them.
All of us in the event industry know the kind of stress and worry we face each day from natural disasters, accidents, unexpected fires, health issues, and every kind of crisis imaginable.
The SEARCH Foundation is a life saver in a sea of "nobody cares" to offer financial assistance to those hit by the by these kinds of unforeseen traumas. I am honored to part of an organization that cares for their own and offers a helping hand to those in genuine need.
Caring for others is an obligation, a way of life, not a choice. Thank you for creating a path for us to serve our colleagues and friends.
"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?' "– Dr. Martin. Luther King Jr.
I have always admired the work of the Search Foundation. At the Search 100 Event at TSE in New Orleans, I learned that no request has ever been turned down which is so incredible.
Many years ago, my life was a much different story than it is today. I reached out to SEARCH and was helped at a time that I really needed and appreciated it.
Fast forward to today, and I am so fortunate to enjoy success and a bright future.
It is for all of the above reasons that I am pleased and proud to be able to step up and be part of the SEARCH 100 to help the foundation continue the wonderful help to the Events Industry.
"One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone", Shannon L Alder
As an events community, having the ability to join forces through the SEARCH Foundation to help our colleagues survive crisis - is the single most important things we can do for each other.
Aaron T. Tharp
Hello! Texas Destination Management
I have been so blessed in this industry, and love that there is a foundation that directly impacts those we work with each and every day that I can help give back to. The SEARCH 100 is a wonderful way to give back to our community so that those in need or in a time of crises know that they aren’t alone.
Monique Jeffrey, CSEP
My good friend, Bobby Dutton (also a member of the SEARCH 100), said once that you are only crushing it if you are giving back. I’m so grateful to be able to give back to a community that has provided me with a passion for life I never thought possible. Thank you to the SEARCH Foundation for sharing the love and reminding us that we always have our event family to support us through thick and thin.
Bartenders 4 You
I admire the work that the SEARCH Foundation is doing. It was such an easy "yes" when I had the opportunity to contribute. This industry has given me so much and I can’t help but support this fantastic organization.
For us, supporting SEARCH was a no-brainer. In life, we are fortunate when we find a group of passionate professionals who give of themselves to lift others up in times of crisis. SEARCH is that group of dedicated industry leaders who have the clarity to see beyond their own daily lives, who have the drive to "do" rather than simply "talk" and who have the character to care about both profits AND people.
In our mass-email, self-promoting, play the numbers society, they're often rare to find, but these are the exact people with whom you want to associate and socialize and these are the very types of people upon whom you want to be able to rely when you're the one in crisis.
And, when all of these industry icons come together for a unified purpose, to assist event professionals in crisis, it truly becomes something special and impossible to resist.
This industry is my family, my friends, my colleagues. To be a part of a team who assists those who are my blood, sweat, and tears is not an afterthought but a very obvious HECK YES. I have seen firsthand how the SEARCH Foundation lends a much-needed hand of help to those who experience the unexpected, and am proud of an industry who truly supports one another.
Steve Kemble Event Design
One of my favorite quotes about giving best sums up my reason for joining the SEARCH 100 - “Giving back is as good for you as it is for those you are helping, because giving gives you a purpose. When you have a purpose driven life, you’re a happier person.” ~ Goldie Hawn
Brian Acheson, CSEP
AFR Event Furnishings
The event industry is full of HEART. We support each other every day to produce the greatest events around the globe. That same HEART exists at SEARCH when someone in our industry family needs us the most. Being a SEARCH 100 member is my way to be a part of the Rally Team to give love unconditionally when challenges seem unsurmountable.
I decided to be the 100th 100 member because I personally feel that hospitality industry workers constantly get the short end of the stick in this country. It’s hard to believe that in some states the minimum wage is under $5.00 and until the Affordable Heathcare Act there was no way to afford health insurance. I’ve made some pretty amazing friends in this industry and I want to support it as much as I can.
The SEARCH Foundation is so very close to home and my heart. Knowing that SEARCH is there for the people of our industry in their deepest hours of need is knowing that my friends and family will be taken care of when they need it most. It is with true passion for this industry and love for all the inspiring people in this community that I proudly give to SEARCH.
There are lots of things in life that are uncertain and when emergencies happen, it's amazing to know our events community has our back. We're more than colleagues, we're a family and we take care of each other. That's why I support SEARCH.