The Dollars4Disasters Step Challenge raised awareness and funds for PPAI’s Promotional Products Disaster Relief Fund (PPDRF) at The PPAI Expo. This was a first-time event organized by Jeff Solomon, MAS, publisher of; Dana Zezzo, vice president of marketing and vendor relations at American Solutions for Business; and Dana Geiger, PPAI regional relations manager. Dollars4Disasters raised close to $2,000 for the cause.

David Hawes, MAS+, Geiger, and Dan Livengood, CAS, of 2020 Brand Solutions challenged each other to help raise money on behalf of UMAPP for PPDRF. Livengood and Hawes raised $500 with their step challenge. Paul Kiewiet, MAS, executive director of the Michigan Promotional Professionals Association (MiPPA) also donated his speaking engagement fee to any regional association that raised $500.

Megan Zezzo, S&S Activewear; Brian Stidham, EMT; and Laura Brewer, Ariel Premium Supply, provided products supporting the event and PromoCorner created the logo.

The Promotional Products Disaster Recovery Foundation has been set up to help promotional products industry members and nonmembers get back to business in the wake of a federally-declared natural disaster. The fund can help replace lost equipment and supplies—computers, cell phones, office supplies, promotional products catalogs and samples—provide a work area or give other assistance as needed to get a business up and running as soon as possible. Learn more about PPDRF here.