Fern Exposition & Event Services Offers Relief to Tornado Victims

DANICA TORMOHLEN, EDITOR-AT-LARGE
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Louisville, KY – After tornadoes ravaged areas throughout the Midwest last month, Fern Exposition & Event Services stepped up to support the communities impacted near its offices in Louisville, KY, and Cincinnati, OH. No Fern employees were directly affected by the tornadoes and severe storms.

Henryville, IN, on the outskirts of Louisville, received some of the most significant damage. One-third of the Henryville Junior-Senior High School was leveled when a deadly tornado ripped through Southern Indiana on March 2. Last week, the company donated 22,000 square feet of show carpet to cover the classroom floors at the temporary Henryville Junior-Senior High School, which is located at the Mid-America Science Park in Scottsburg, IN. Thanks in part to the carpet donation, students were able to go back to school this week for the first time in 30 days.

“Getting these 500+ kids back to school is an important step in getting life back to normal after this devastating tragedy,” Aaron Bludworth, COO, Fern, told Trade Show Executive. “Garry Bennett, director of national operations, and Ken Marsh, director of national carpet operations, coordinated the effort and delivered the carpet within 24 hours.”

Fern also made a contribution to the American Red Cross immediately after the tornadoes struck and initiated a matching program for employee contributions through March. Fern and its team provided nearly $11,000 of support to those affected.

“It is gratifying to see such generosity from our team,” said Bludworth. “Fern is a community-focused company, and I am pleased that we were able to help our communities in such meaningful ways.”

Reach Aaron at (513) 562-0432 or abludworth@fernexpo.com