ICUEE Call of DutyICUEE, The Demo Expo announced a partnership with the Call of Duty™ Endowment to host a benefit auction to raise money to help veterans secure quality employment and to raise awareness of the value vets bring to the workplace.

The ICUEE 2017 benefit auction is slated for Thursday, Oct. 5 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the ICUEE Demo Stage on the show floor. ICUEE, the International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition, will be held October 3-5 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

“We are very pleased to welcome back the Call of Duty™ Endowment as our charitable partner,” said ICUEE Show Director Tricia Mallett. “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.”

The Call of Duty™ Endowment is a nonprofit organization founded by Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard. It has funded the job placement of more than 34,000 veterans and has a goal of placing 50,000 veterans in jobs by 2019. (Click here to watch a video detailing the Call of Duty™ Endowment's purpose.)

ICUEE and the Call of Duty™ Endowment previously worked together on a benefit auction in 2015. The event raised more than $29,000, which translates to about 47 job placements.

“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,” said Mallett. “It will be a great networking event with good deals for a good cause!”

Exhibitors and attendees wishing to donate an item to be auctioned can contact J.J. Kane Auctioneers (Shannon) at +1 856-764-7163.

Online bidding will be open to all prior to October 5. Check the show website for the latest details.