Wedding Professional Wednesday: THE SPECIAL E

We thought the Special E would be a great organization for our new feature on the blog: Wedding Professional Wednesday! We hope to feature a Wedding Professional on a weekly basis so that you are aware of the talent we have in the Central Florida Area.
Between the hurricanes the last few weeks and attending the Knot party it truly reminded me how we each can make a difference to help our environment. One of the featured vendors at last week's party was the Special E.

Who are they you may ask? In their own words: The Special E is a unique "green" service that rescues leftovers from meetings, conferences, trade shows, banquets, parties, weddings, and special events, then recycles them in ways that help our planet and people in need.

At last weeks Knot Party all of the florals from the event were taken by Special E to the MD Anderson Cancer Center. I can only imagine how a fresh floral arrangement can brighten up a room or even better the spirit of someone undergoing treatment in a medical facility

I visited the Special E site and found they had a very informative Frequently Asked Questions page that truly highlighted the wonderful work they are doing for our environment and our world. You can click here to be redirected to their website.

FAQ's:
- What types of programs can you rescue leftovers from?
A - We can rescue leftovers from any type of event at which food will be served or will have leftover items such as flowers, excess promotional products, giveaways, etc.

- Where is this service available?
A - We can rescue leftovers from events taking place in 30 major markets across the country. If you're wondering whether our service is available in your area, give us a call and we'll let you know.

- Is there a fee to use our service?
A - Yes. We charge a fee to cover the cost of administering this process and pay for any pick-up/delivery charges we incur while providing this service. The price is based on the type, size, location, and timing of the program you're planning and the leftover items you would like us to rescue.

- How do we make arrangements to have you rescue leftovers from a meeting, party, or event we're planning?
A - Just click the link to our RESCUE FORM from any page of our website. Once we receive it, we'll follow-up with you by phone or email to get a few more details on the program you're planning.

- What type of leftover food can we deliver to people in need?
A - Certain food can be delivered as long as it has not been partially eaten or served to your guests. It also must be kept refrigerated or frozen and delivered in a timely fashion. If you have any packaged goods that might have been given out at your event (i.e. as part of a gift basket), these can also be delivered to people in need.

- Isn't there a liability issue with regard to donating leftover food?
A - No. A law was enacted by Congress called the "Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Act". This bill was put in place to encourage businesses and organizations to donate leftover food from events they plan. In doing so, they cannot be held liable should someone become ill from food that was donated in good faith. To learn more and view a copy of this important legislation, click here.

- What if there isn't any food leftover at the end of an event?
A - Our rescue team will still be rescuing other leftovers such as recyclables, flowers, excess supplies, etc. In addition, we offer a program called "Affaire Share" which enables your clients to purchase care packages that will feed the same number of people in need as there are guests attending their events. So, even if there isn't any food leftover, your clients will still be able to feed people that are hungry and homeless.

- In addition to food and flowers, can you rescue any other items leftover after our event has ended that could be useful to people in need ?
A - Yes. For example, we can collect extra premiums or giveaways that could be useful to people that have lost their belongings in a natural disaster. To view a complete list of items we can rescue, click here.

- What is "Need-E"?
A - This is a charitable program we've developed that makes monetary donations to organizations that help people in need each time someone uses our service.

- What charities do we make donations to?
A - We make donations to a variety of charitable organizations that help people in need. This list includes groups that shelter the homeless, help stop hunger, fight disease, provide disaster relief, etc. To view a list of some of the charities we donate to, visit the Need-E page of our website.

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