METALCON Gives Back to the Local Community 

Helping Las Vegas Area Veterans 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Newton, Mass., – Sept. 19, 2023) — The only global event dedicated exclusively to the application of metal in design and construction gives back to the local community during its annual tradeshow and conference taking place Oct. 18-20 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.  

METALCON has partnered with the Semper Fi & America’s Fund (The Fund), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping veterans in all branches of the military. The program was created to direct urgently needed resources and financial support to critically wounded, ill and injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces alongside their families.  

Last year, METALCON raised funds in Indianapolis for World Central Kitchen (WCK), to help provide food to families in war-torn Ukraine and across the region. This year, METALCON’s giving back program will benefit The Fund and raise money for military veterans in the Las Vegas area. 

Joining us at the show for The Fund’s check presentation ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 19 at 3.30 p.m. in the exhibit hall is veteran Corporal Adam Bautz, U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) (Ret.), as The Fund representative. 

Bautz, who lives in Las Vegas, is a “graduate” of The Fund’s Apprenticeship Program. After serving four years as an infantry machine gunner in the USMC, he came home and faced many obstacles, finding the transition from military life to civilian life extremely challenging. 

Eventually, he found nature and the great outdoors as a place for healing and reflection. It was through nature, being active and his adventurous spirit, that Bautz found his true passion. Now owner and lead guide of Outdoor Travel Tours, he guides others to experience the power of nature and its healing capabilities through the outdoor lifestyle in and around Las Vegas.  

The Fund offers vital, life-changing support through a broad spectrum of services designed to meet the complex needs of those it serves during hospitalization, recovery and transition back into the local community, providing support through three key areas of assistance: Service Member & Family Support Program, Transition Program and Integrative Wellness Program. 

Since inception, The Fund has provided $306 million in assistance to 30,000 service members, veterans and military families nationwide, ensuring they have the tools, resources and support necessary to focus on recovery, healing and thriving in the community.  

“The Fund is committed to caring for our nation’s critically wounded, ill and injured service members, veterans and military families, not only their journey to recovery, but for a lifetime,” said Mirka J. Young, Senior Manager, Community Events. “We appreciate the support from METALCON, which will help veterans and families in the Las Vegas area.”  

To raise funds this year, METALCON is taking donations at the show for the organization’s wristbands, in addition to holding a raffle offering multiple prizes, including a grand prize three-night complimentary hotel stay during METALCON 2024, with a full access pass to the show at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta and access to two in-depth workshops. 

Additional contributions to The Fund can be made before, during and after the show or at The Deck, located by registration, just inside the exhibit hall, where members of show management will be available to meet supporters.  For more information on how to donate, visit www.metalcon.com

About SEMPER FI & AMERICA’S FUND 

Semper Fi & America’s Fund (The Fund) provides unique and innovative programs, which include immediate financial assistance, case management, connection, and lifetime support, to our nation’s critically wounded, ill, and injured service members, veterans, and military families of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. The Fund was created by a group of military spouses who saw the need for bedside support for wounded and injured service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and immediately offered assistance to their families. Today, those same military spouses lead an extended patriotic staff of veterans, community members, and volunteers who build relationships that last a lifetime — a unique model of care among veteran service organizations. To learn more, visit https://thefund.org

About METALCON 

Established in 1991, METALCON is the only annual tradeshow and conference devoted exclusively to the application of metal in design and construction. Produced by PSMJ Resources, Inc., in partnership with the Metal Construction Association, METALCON’s success is based on a dynamic exhibit hall, extensive educational programs and interactive learning opportunities. This is the event’s sixth time in Las Vegas. For more information, visit www.metalcon.com

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