ICUEE 2017 Charity Auction Helps Connect Military Veterans with Jobs

Online bidding for "Industry Give-Back" Auction now open

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ICUEE, The Demo Expo has teamed up again with the Call of Duty Endowment for an industry-giveback benefit auction at ICUEE 2017. All proceeds will go to the Endowment, the nonprofit organization founded by Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard, to help military veterans secure quality employment and to raise awareness of the value they bring to the workplace.

The Call of Duty Endowment uses a performance-driven approach to fund organizations delivering the highest standards of quality and cost-efficient veteran job-placement services. It notes that every $619 raised helps a veteran obtain a good job. The organization has funded the job placement of over 34,000 veterans and has a goal of placing 50,000 veterans in jobs by 2019.

ICUEE, the International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition, will be held October 3-5, 2017 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, KY. ICUEE first teamed with the Call of Duty Endowment for the 2015 show with a benefit auction, which raised more than $29,000 (translates to about 47 job placements).

“We are very pleased to welcome back the Call of Duty Endowment as our charitable partner. Unemployment among post-9/11 veterans is 2.6 times greater than the national average, so the work of the Endowment is more critical than ever,” said Tricia Mallett, ICUEE show director. “We received an enthusiastic and generous response at the last ICUEE and we encourage all 2017 participants to join with their peers in supporting the 2017 auction. It will be a great networking event with good deals for a good cause!” 

Online bidding for the benefit auction is now open. Visit J.J. Kane Auctioneers ICUEE auction site to view the auction items  – which range from drones to vacation packages to an array of tools and equipment and more – and place bids.  New items will be added up until show time. At ICUEE 2017, the live auction will take place October 5 from 12 Noon to 2 pm on the show floor (indoor Demo Stage). The auction will not have minimums or reserves (all items will be sold).

“The Call of Duty Endowment does great work, and this benefit auction is one way we can help their mission and support those who have served our country,” said Mallett. “And while we encourage all industry professionals to attend ICUEE, with the online bidding you can still join the industry in giving back even if you can’t be at the live event.”

More Events at ICUEE

The ICUEE benefit auction is just one of the many new and enhanced features for attendees to experience at ICUEE 2017: Other activities include:

  • Bourbon, Beer & Bites networking event with complimentary tastings of the foods and beverages of Louisville
  • Discover ICUEE behind-the-scenes walking tour just prior to show opening
  • Diversity in the Grid Luncheon with keynote speaker Gretchen Bakke, author of ‘The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future’, brought to you in partnership with Terex Utilities and show owner and producer AEM
  • Field Classroom walk-around education sessions on the show floor
  • Tomorrow's Topics Today presentations at the AEM Booth (#3340) exploring industry trends and emerging technologies
  • Also, enjoy the Louisville area with nearly 100 “show your badge” discounts from participating Louisville area attractions, restaurants and retail outlets.

ICUEE 2017 will feature 28 acres of the newest product innovations from the leading industry manufacturers and suppliers, cutting-edge industry education, and hands-on equipment test drives and interactive product demonstrations.

The event is the largest gathering for utility professionals and construction contractors seeking comprehensive insights into the latest technologies, innovations and industry trends, owned and produced by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM).

For the latest information and to register, visit