EDPA NorthEast Raises $18,000 for Event Industry Family in Need

EDPA NorthEast Raises $18,000 for Event Industry Family in Need

 100% of Proceeds Generated Donated to McDowell Family.


FOXBORO, MA – On May 14th, EDPA’s NorthEast chapter brought together professionals in the event industry for a charitable cause at their third annual Rally at the Alley fundraising event. Each year, EDPA NorthEast brings event industry professionals together to support a peer in need, gathering at Foxboro, Ma bowling alley, Splitsville for an evening of enjoyment, peer support, and a collaborative effort to assist one of their own. This year, over 80 individuals attended, rallying behind Shari McDowell and her family. And the event was able to generate $18,000 for Display Supply & Lighting’s Shari McDowell and her family. All proceeds generated through the generous donations from event industry professionals and organizations will be provided to the McDowell family to help them purchase a handicap accessible vehicle after a series of tragic events left Shari’s husband Tom partially paralyzed.   

“This was our 4th annual Rally and each has been more successful than the last. This year, we were able to raise $18k for the McDowell Family, which they intend to use to purchase a vehicle to allow them to transport Tom without outside assistance. We couldn't be more grateful to be a part of such a generous group of organizations. It’s amazing how colleagues and competitors alike come together to support our friends in need. A huge thank you to all of our sponsors and everyone who came out to take part in the event.”

-EDPA NorthEast Chapter President, Mike Vallone

Thirty-four organizations and countless event industry professionals took up the call, making significant donations to Rally at the Alley and the McDowell family. During the event, attendees enjoyed an evening of bowling, the company of their industry peers, and a heart-felt video in which Tom McDowell described his current situation and his gratitude to EDPA NorthEast and the event industry professionals and organizations who banded together to help him and his family in their time of need. Numerous raffles also took place, increasing the amount of proceeds generated. In total, $18,000 was raised, which the McDowell family will use to purchase a handicap accessible vehicle capable of safely transporting Tom. The $18,000 donation generated at this year’s event is four-times the amount as the first Rally at the Alley event which took place four years ago, showing that event industry professionals’ and organizations’ support of peers in need continues to grow.

EDPA NorthEast would like to thank the following Rally at the Alley sponsors for their contributions which made this donation possible:






Volume 11 Marketing



Nationwide Displays

Optima Graphics

Marguerite Ker




Access TCA

Hill & Partners

Corporate Communications/CorpEvents

GEM Exhibits

Blue Pony


Steelhead Productions

Gina Porcaro


Hackett & Co


GEM Exhibits


Classic Exhibits


ON Location


Nth Degree

Melinda and Howard Vosburg

Jennifer Moran




EDPA Northeast is a network for leaders in the customer experience industry. It combines marketing, design, and production leadership to help organizations create effective face-to face customer experiences and environments for tradeshows, events, corporate environments, museums, retailers, education, and entertainment.

For more information about EDPA NorthEast and how you can get involved, please visit http://edpanortheast.com.