Hello to all of our friends and colleagues in the NYC event community and beyond. We are happy to say that the eventwist office is electrified again, after about a week off the grid. Collectively, our staff suffered little more than a little computer corruption, a bit of spoiled food, and a bunch of days trading sleepovers with family and friends while we helped one another get through our various power outages – and the site never went down! All in all, we feel very lucky.
Unfortunately, not all of our fellow New Yorkers were so fortunate. Our hearts go out to those who lost loved ones, homes and other property during the terrible winds and flooding brought on by Hurricane Sandy. Many of us here have been getting through the shock of this past week by shifting our attentions to those in most need, donating our time, our money and much needed clothing, food, water and other supplies to help them get through their continuing challenges.
To our friends who are still in the midst of recovery, we send you our best and hope that your lives get back to something more manageable really soon!
For those of you who have already recovered or were lucky enough not to suffer from any storm damage, there are still many ways you can contribute your energy to your fellow New Yorkers who have yet to see relief. There are so many organizations and groups, along with untold individuals, coming together to help their neighbors and friends through this difficult time. Here are some of our favorite stories of wonderful, life-affirming activities taking place all around us:
- Members of the Occupy Wall Street movement and countless other local participants have turned their attention to disaster relief at the Red Hook Initiative.
- Runners from around the world who had come to NYC for the New York Marathon redirected their energies towards helping storm victims after the event was cancelled. Read here about the continued activities of New York Runners In Support of Staten Island.
- The venerable international organization, Doctors Without Borders, has applied its technical and logistical expertise towards assisting local aid workers in the most affected areas.
- One of our venerable lower east side eateries, Russ & Daughters, has done its part by keeping the lox safe.
- And here are some heartwarming messages from Katrina survivors in NOLA to NYC’s Sandy survivors…
Besides the personal efforts of so many of us, some of our event industry friends and colleagues are also pitching in to do their part. For example, at Silk Rd Tavern, for the month of November, $1 from every entree goes to City Harvest for Sandy relief efforts. At tomorrow night’s Planner Tech event, monies will be collected to donate directly to the Red Cross, to assist them in their continued relief efforts.
If your venue or organization is currently engaged in some fundraising or other support activities to benefit Hurricane Sandy victims, or you want to tell us about some other great work being done, let us know so we can help you spread the word!
Photo courtesy of Lisa Witler…