PPAI Reaches Out to Member Companies Affected By Tennessee Floods

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Keith Vincent
972-258-3040 

PPAI Reaches Out To Member Companies Affected By Tennessee Floods

Irving, Texas (May 10, 2010) After record rainfall and flooding in Tennessee, some members of the promotional products community are still trying to recover from devastating losses as more than four Tennessee counties have now been declared federal disaster areas.

Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) is reaching out to member companies affected by these floods in the form of the Promotional Products Business Recovery Plan. The purpose of the recovery plan is to take care of immediate needs by determining which companies have been affected, what they need and then collecting and distributing critical resources to help re-establish businesses that have been destroyed, damaged and disrupted. This Plan was first used in 2005 to help those industry members who were affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

"Please let us know if you have specific needs to re-start your business, update your contact information, have questions or just tell us how you are doing. Also, if you continue to experience delays or challenges, let us know and we will be happy to relay that information to the industry on your behalf," said Steve Slagle, CAE, president and CEO of PPAI. "We hope you and your family are safe and well. Remember, we are here to provide assistance during this extremely challenging time."

To address the immediate needs, PPAI asks for the industry’s help in the following areas:

Identification of those affected and their needs. In addition to trying to contact businesses in the affected areas, PPAI is asking anyone who knows of a business affected by the storm to contact the Association at 972-258-3063.

of those affected and their needs. In addition to trying to contact businesses in the affected areas, PPAI is asking anyone who knows of a business affected by the storm to contact the Association at 972-258-3063.

Financial contributions, goods, materials and services that are essential to operating and managing a distributor sales office or supplier manufacturing facility are also needed. Those wishing to make a donation are encouraged to e-mail your proposed donation to PR@ppai.org.

that are essential to operating and managing a distributor sales office or supplier manufacturing facility are also needed. Those wishing to make a donation are encouraged to e-mail your proposed donation to .

"We’ve called many businesses and offered to help," says Mark Farrar, Promotional Products Association of the Mid South (PPAMS) executive director. "We’ve also offered to help recruit volunteers for the cleanup, help them find temporary space or anything else they need. We are working to help these companies get back on their feet as soon as possible." Financial contributions can be directed to the Promotional Products Business Recovery Fund, care of PPAI, 3125 Skyway Circle North, Irving, Texas 75038. This fund is a 501c3 organization and all contributions will be tax deductible. A receipt noting your tax-deductible contribution will be sent to you. These funds will be dispersed directly to those member companies most severely affected by this natural disaster.

can be directed to the Promotional Products Business Recovery Fund, care of PPAI, 3125 Skyway Circle North, Irving, Texas 75038. This fund is a 501c3 organization and all contributions will be tax deductible. A receipt noting your tax-deductible contribution will be sent to you. These funds will be dispersed directly to those member companies most severely affected by this natural disaster.

For more information about Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) or to learn more about the proven power of promotional products (including research and case studies), visit the PPAI website at www.ppai.org  or contact PPAI at 972-258-3041 or PR@ppai.org.

PPAI—the promotional products industry’s only international not-for-profit trade association—offers education, tradeshows, business products and services, mentoring, technology and legislative support to its more than 7,500 global members. Promotional products are a multi-billion dollar industry and include wearables, writing instruments, calendars, drinkware and many other items, usually imprinted with a company’s name, logo or message. PPAI created and maintains the UPIC (Universal Promotional Identification Code), the industry’s only free identification system and universal company database.



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