THE RADON REPORTER | 29 28 | January 2024 MEMBERSHIP AARST FOUNDATION Boots & Bling Gala In October, the AARST Foundation hosted its first pre-symposium Fundraising Event. The Boots & Bling Gala brought out more than 125 attendees dressed in their finest cocktail western attire. The evening included a silent auction, live auction, and diamond bracelet raffle. Guests enjoyed live music performed by Nashville’s Aly Cutter, networking with industry partners, and memorable moments from the live auction. Bruce Snead was the hosted auctioneer and did a legendary job in his efforts to raise money. Over $16,000 was raised by the end of the night. As with any event, many people were involved to make the Gala a success. Volunteers worked countless hours behind the scenes to make sure every detail was perfect. Thank you to Andika Susanti, Brandy Toft, Bruce Snead, Bryan Coy, Bobbi Jo Sauls, Jessi Bickes, Tod Boss and Paige Livingston. A special thank you to the table sponsors, which included Fantech, Protect Environmental, RAData, Radonaway, and Tennessee Radon. The continued industry support from these companies is genuinely appreciated and instrumental for the work. In addition to our table sponsors, many items were donated Donors Bryan Coy & 5280 Radon, Brett Robson & Tim Petz, Bruce Snead & K State Engineering Extension Program, Dawn & Bob Coffee, DuPage Radon, Fantech, Jeff LeBlanc & Tod Boss, Jessi Bickes, Kendra Scott, Kevin Spight, Maya Niveya Design, Modern Christmas Trees, Protect Environmental, Radonaway, Ryman Auditorium, Starbucks, Sunradon, and Zan Jones & Radonova provided hours of bidding entertainment. The most notable item of the evening was a radon t-shirt quilt made by Susan Eldredge, wife of Clark Eldredge of the FL Department of Health. The item sold for $2,500 after a lively bidding war. The goal of this event was to rally support and raise funds for the AARST Foundation Mission in advancing research, supporting environmental justice, and bolstering the radon industry with essential resources. The financial support of the AARST Foundation is monumental in backing a research agenda providing the evidence base for radon risk reduction and aiding underserved communities through Environmental Justice. Important research and projects including sidewall venting evaluation, Harvard University and University of Kentucky studies, and other Health Equity efforts are going to benefit from the money raised. For any questions on how to donate or get involved with the AARST Foundation, please contact . 2024 Membership Campaign The Indoor Environments Association is launching a membership campaign in 2024 to offer the benefits of membership to more individuals and grow the size of the network of dedicated individuals at both the national and state/regional chapter levels. Why Join the Indoor Environments Association? PERSONAL BENEFIT. Membership offers a myriad of benefits. By being a part of the Indoor Environments Association family, individuals gain access to the latest news and research, free access to standards, continuing education credits, association-endorsed insurance and marketing providers, and a broad network of experts dedicated to advancing radon and vapor intrusion science and technology. Members also receive a discounted rate for the annual Symposium, corporate discounts on a variety of products and services, including the Lowe’s Partner Program, and numerous other tangible rewards. CHAPTER CONNECTIONS. Whether a member first seeks to join a chapter or the national association, he or she automatically belongs to both. The chapters provide policy advocacy leadership in their states, offer CE and networking opportunities, and serve as a representative voice. As for any industry, the political and market power of IEA is in part determined by the size of the membership at the chapter level. Presently, IEA’s 16 chapters cover 31 states. BUSINESS ADVANTAGE. With the 5% or 10% discount (depending on the number of employees enrolled), a business can ensure that multiple employees are connected to the IEA family and have their own individual log-in to view and download standards and use other benefits. INDUSTRY SUCCESS: IEA has a strong track record as the leader in the industry at the national level, as the home of the only ANSI-accredited standards development consortium for radon and soil gas standards, the only proficiency program accredited under ISO 17024 by ANAB for radon and soil gas credentials, and a Government Affairs program that makes legislative and regulatory policy focused on risk reduction happen. Members have a seat at the table to shape and contribute to these industry assets. In a world where the importance of indoor air quality cannot be overstated, Indoor Environments Association’s membership campaign strives to invite everyone in the profession to join the movement to assess and abate the silent threats of radon and vapor intrusion. Together, let's build a community dedicated to achieve health equity by joining in membership. Visit the Member Benefits page to join us in committing to shaping a safer, healthier future for communities across the US. AND…if you are already a member, thank you for your loyal support! Please help your chapter and National by encouraging a colleague to join today! Premier Youth Ambassadors Dan Potter, Kyle Hoylman, Wes Hodgden Holly Tabano, Laryn Oggier, Dawn Oggier Gala Volunteers