SOLON, Ohio ECRM added a new philanthropic twist to its School and Office EPPS conference being held in Dallas in September. The popular conference coordinator held back the last supplier spot for the show, and placed that opening on eBay June 1 to 8.
ECRM netted $21,000 for the full planning session, which typically runs around $17,000, awarding the winning bid to Executive Machines. And all of that money was donated to The Kids In Need Foundation, an organization with the mission to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need.
“We have been involved with Kids In Need for several years now and respect what a quality organization that they have created and the difference they have made nationwide,” stated ECRM CEO Charlie Bowlus. “We stand behind their mission and will continue to support them and promote their cause. We are very appreciative that Executive Machines … has been so generous.”
The Kids in Need National Network of Resource Centers includes 23 facilities that allow teachers from low-income schools to obtain free school supplies for their students and has distributed nearly $300 million in school supplies since its founding — directly benefiting 1.6 million students and 100,000 teachers annually — and has awarded $1 million in grants to teachers.
ECRM’s School and Office show will host around 140 registered vendors Sept. 13 to 17, making it one of the largest in the industry, with more than 800 individuals in attendance.